31. Ford Model T Roundabout with Pickup Body
Everybody knows the Model T. It singlehandedly changed the auto industry and introduced new car production methods. Most of all, the Model T establish the Ford Motor Company as the industry leader, and for years to come. With over 15 million Model Ts, it was the record-holder for almost 50 years until the VW Beetle came along. The Model T was an iconic model and it launched the era of motorization. So it’s only natural that the Model T had a big influence on the pickup class. As soon as they introduced it, independent body shops started chopping regular models and turning them into trucks.
But it took Ford several years to understand they should add a pickup version to the lineup. So they eventually introduced the first factory pickup in 1925. Ford called it the Model T Roundabout with Pickup Body, and it was just one of 15 body styles Ford offered for the Model T. However, it was one of the most important ones too. Their sales proved the pickup was in demand. Even though it lacked a large towing capacity or payload, it was a practical and dependable vehicle. Even after they discontinued the Model T in 1927, the pickup version stayed in production for a little longer, influencing many other brands to present similar vehicles. Today, Ford is the biggest pickup manufacturer in the world, and it’s all thanks to this small truck with 20 HP.