Load up on vintage trucks and SUVs crossing the block in Iowa

The collector car auction market is winding down for the holidays, and looking ahead to the first 2020 sales. However, the Mecum Davenport sale presents a chance to grab a vintage pickup truck or SUV as an early present to yourself.

Although it may primarily be an agricultural auction, the 2019 event in Davenport, Iowa also features the first annual vintage truck sale. From heavy-duty working wagons, through to performance pickups, we have chosen 20 intriguing choices from the sale.

The Davenport auction begins on Wednesday, November 6th, with the collection of trucks set to cross the block on Thursday, November 7th.

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Lot K22 1952 International R110

One of the earliest examples of the International R series of pickups, this ¾ ton example has been subject to a thorough professional restoration. It means the County Green exterior, and tan leather interior, are in excellent condition and ready to be enjoyed by a new owner.

This example is fitted with the ‘Silver Diamond’ 220-cubic inch six-cylinder gasoline engine. Several improvements were made to this motor for the R series when new, and this one is connected to an optional four-speed manual transmission. The original owners manuals are included, whilst a bed-mounted spare wheel and toolbox add to the period appeal.

Lot K11 1934 Ford Roadster

Presented as one of the standout lots at the Mecum Davenport sale, this 1934 Ford is noted to be one of three examples known to still exist. Only 16 units of the all-steel body Roadster Pickups were made for 1934, with Ford subsequently discontinuing the model. It means this truck, acquired from the foreman of a Californian vineyard, is highly desirable.

Said to be mostly unrestored, this Ford has covered 48,446 miles from new. A 221-cubic inch V-8 sends 85 horsepower to the rear wheels, with a floor-mounted three-speed manual transmission fitted. The rarity and charm of this petite truck should attract plenty of bids.

Lot K7 1926 Fordson Prototype

The Davenport sale presents a genuine chance to own a piece of American automotive history. Whilst Ford is now renowned for building heavy-duty trucks, this 1926 Fordson was the very first 2-ton vehicle built by the Blue Oval.

Henry Ford has discussed the potential for a substantial working truck since introducing the Fordson tractor in 1917. Designed to appeal to hard working American farmers, the first drawings for the heavy-duty truck appeared in 1920. Several years later, this single example was delivered to a customer, and the Ford line of working trucks was created.

Mecum notes that is one of the most historically significant vehicles it has ever sold. Part of the Harrah’s Automobile collection until 1983, the truck has been in private ownership since then. As a true one-of-a-kind, this could attract interest from serious Ford fans needing to complete their collections.

Lot K76 1936 Chevrolet Half Ton Pickup

Offered as part of the Policandriotes Collection, this 1936 Chevy truck is one of 25 vehicles being sold from the array amassed by the late James Policandriotes. His family owned business, Polley’s Garage, still remains in Joliet, Illinois but this sale will see a number of his personal vehicles sold.

This pretty half ton truck features a six-cylinder engine, with a floor-mounted manual transmission. Options for a new owner could include restoring this Chevrolet to showroom condition, or the basis for a hot-rodded version with a V-8 engine added.

Lot K9 1950 Oldsmobile Sedan Delivery

Another rare vehicle at the Davenport sale is the 1950 Oldsmobile panel van. Custom-built from a four-door chassis, just seven examples were made to be used in General Motors factories to move parts. This particular example was created by a coachbuilder in Detroit, before being sent to work at GM’s Kansas City factory.

Under the hood is a 303-cubic inch Rocket V-8 engine as used in the 88 model range. An output of 135 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque would have made for rapid parts distribution. The original two-speed automatic transmission has been retained, whilst the exterior paint is also said to be unrestored.

Lot K61 1966 Ford F100 Twin I Beam

Added to the 1965 Ford F-Series range, the Twin I Beam suspension offered independent coil front suspension on two-wheel drive trucks. Ford promised that this gave its trucks extra strength and ruggedness, but also improved car-like ride and handling to aid everyday usability.

Originally this truck left the Kansas City factory with a 352-cubic inch V-8 engine, although the Cobra Le Mans valve covers suggest this F100 is packing more than the original 208 horsepower. Gleaming black exterior paintwork, and a cloth interior, certainly make this truck look ready to hit the drag strip rather than heading out to work.

Lot K52 1979 Dodge Lil Red Express

Launched in 1978 as a special edition of the Dodge D-150 pickup, the Lil Red Express produced one of the fastest American-made vehicles available at that time. A 360-cubic inch V-8 offered 225 horsepower, exhaling through dramatic vertical exhaust stacks.

The 1979 model added catalytic converters and unleaded gasoline to the package, but experts report no loss in performance. A total of 5,118 examples were produced for the ‘79 model year, adding to the 2,188 sold the previous year. This combination of performance and reputation has made them highly collectible, with this truck likely to sell big.

Lot K37 1976 International Scout II

One of three Scout II models being sold in Iowa, this 1976 example is one of the earlier models on offer. Powered by an International 345-cubic inch V-8 engine, this four-wheel drive Scout II also features a Chrysler Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission.

Brown exterior paint is matched with beige cloth upholstery, whilst the interior is also trimmed with plenty of woodgrain for the full experience of the 1970s. Power steering and power brakes are fitted, along with air conditioning.

Lot K13 1928 Erskine 51B Panel Truck

Named after Albert Russel Erskine, Studebaker Corporation president until 1933, Erskine was envisaged as a brand that could compete in Europe. Although several thousand cars were produced in the four years the brand existed, just one delivery truck was made.

This is that lone Erskine truck, which was discovered abandoned in a warehouse in 1962. It was subject to a seven-year restoration process, before entering storage until 1999. Fitted with a 160-cubic inch six-cylinder engine, a Timken three-speed manual transmission is also present. Like many of the vehicles appearing in Iowa, this is another rare collectible.

Lot K14 1918 Ford Model T

With millions of the Ford Model T sold between 1908 and 1927, the versatile machine was put to a number of practical uses. That even included delivering salted peanuts from the Buffalo Brand, made by Frank M. Hoyt of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Hoyt was known for selling peanut products under various names, and expanded the company across the globe. Such expansion required transportation, and this Ford Model T was used to promote and deliver Buffalo peanuts. The stencilling is noted to be original, with delivery box trucks like it said to be a relative rarity.

Lot K45 1977 Chevrolet C20 Silverado Special

You might need a long driveway to park this 1977 C20 Silverado, which features a crew cab body with seating for six. The 164.5-inch wheelbase was the longest chassis option available, meaning a big load bed for this ¾ ton truck.

On leaving the factory, this upmarket Silverado trim truck was specified with the 454-cubic inch V-8 engine and a four-barrel carburettor. The option for the Camper Special package was also picked, resulting in uprated suspension front and rear. Yellow highlights break up the blue exterior paintwork, with inside also finished in blue vinyl. Restored to original condition, this is a usable example of a practical classic truck. 

Lot K44 1976 International Scout II Rallye Pickup

Another International Scout II set to cross the block, and this time it is a rare pickup version finished with Rallye stripes on the outside. Whilst the Terra was the larger pickup model offered, the standard-sized Scout II could also become a practical truck.

Powered by a 345-cubic inch V-8, this four-wheel drive truck comes with a four-speed manual transmission. This could make for an unusual addition for a Scout II fan, or simply a fun 4×4.

Lot K36 1957 Ford Ranchero

Pickup trucks as lifestyle vehicles may seem like a modern concept, but Ford introduced the Ranchero in 1957. Based on Ford’s full-size car chassis, the Ranchero was aimed to fill a niche for those who wanted both practicality and comfort. It seemed to work, as Ford sold more than 15,000 examples in the first year.

This Custom model took features from the fancier Fairlane sedan, including chrome trim for the exterior. Colonial White over Starmist Blue certainly makes it look luxurious, with air conditioning and power steering making it comfortable inside. A 351-cubic inch V-8 engine and a three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission makes it ready to cruise. 

Lot K59 1965 Mercury M100

Intended for sale North of the Border in Canada, Ford of Canada began offering Mercury-branded pickup trucks in 1946. This was due to the fact that not all towns featuring both Ford and Mercury dealers. Adding the Mercury badge allowed pickup trucks to be marketed to a wider spread of population.

This 1965 M100 version has been fitted with a Ford Racing 460-cubic inch V-8 engine, supplied by Summit Racing. A three-speed automatic transmission has also been fitted, with this Mercury dropped lower to the ground. The exterior has been repainted, whilst a custom tonneau cover has also been fitted.

Lot K27 1980 International Scout II Midas Edition

The final International Scout II on our list, this late offering from International is one of the luxurious Midas Editions. One of only 298 models produced in the final model year, again this could appeal to a Scout II fan who wants one of the most collectible examples.

Features added for the Midas Edition included deep shag carpets, swivelling bucket seats, and a digital overhead clock. Power comes from the ubiquitous 345-cubic inch V-8 engine, connected to a three-speed automatic transmission. Vintage air conditioning has been fitted, whilst power steering and power brakes are also fitted.

Lot K49 1977 Ford F100 Ranger XLT

1977 marked a special year for the Ford pickup truck range. It was the year in which the F-150 name was first used, and also when the F-Series became the best-selling truck in the United States. The F-Series has held that accolade ever since, and this F100 Ranger XLT could be a neat way to celebrate that achievement.

Built at the Ford plant in Norfolk, Virginia, this truck is noted to be free from rust and still wearing its original bodywork. It has been repainted, with the exterior matched with a Bahama Blue interior. Ranger XLT trim was top of the range for 1977, meaning plenty of fancy woodgrain trim inside. Under the hood is Ford’s 351-cubic inch V-8, here producing 156 horsepower.

Lot K19 1978 Ford F250 4WD

If you love the sixth-generation Ford F-Series, but fancier some heavier duty action, then this 1978 F250 could be for you. According to the consignor, this truck has undergone an $80,000 restoration process, carried out over a seven-year period. All the receipts are noted to be available, detailing the work that has been performed.

This four-wheel drive F250 originally left the factory with a 400-cubic inch V-8 engine, but the seller notes that a 504-cubic inch unit has since been fitted. Air conditioning is also present, with both exterior and interior in showroom condition after the restoration.

Lot K66 1936 Chevrolet Canopy Express Food Truck

Another offering from the Policandriotes Collection is this unusual Chevrolet truck featuring canopy sides. Designed to allow easy access to food produce, this vintage vehicle could offer a number of options to collectors and businesses alike.

A six-cylinder engine is present, connected to a manual transmission. The exterior bodywork looks to be in clean condition, with the smart red and black livery helping it stand out. Inside, the front bench seat is also tidy, with this little Chevy seemingly all ready to get to work again.

Lot K39 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Wrecker

Offered in a range of body types, one of the rarest versions of the Ford Model A is the Roadster Pickup model. This one features a wrecker crane attached to the rear bed, with a distinctive Standard Oil replica livery added.

A three-speed manual transmission is connected to the 40 horsepower four-cylinder engine, which has benefited from a stainless steel radiator cover. Husky 16-inch wheels are fitted with whitewall tires, with the Roadster top being removable for summer towing.

Lot K47 1994 Ford F150 XLT SuperCab 4×4

Can a truck from 1994 really be considered vintage? Given that the ninth-generation of the F-Series was introduced in late 1991, perhaps we can class the SuperCab F150 as an actual classic. This example is noted to include the fancy Eddie Bauer option package, with a beige interior and two-tone exterior paintwork.

Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 provides the horsepower, with an automatic overdrive transmission sending power to all four wheels. Dual fuel tanks are said to be fitted, with the aluminum wheels fitted with Michelin tires. Cruise control, air conditioning, power door mirrors and power locks make this an easy truck to live with.

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