23. Chevrolet Cameo
Before the ‘55 to ‘58 Chevrolet Cameo, pickups had a step side design of the truck bed. This meant that they formed the beds with sculpted rear fenders, oftentimes with wooden sides. It was a production method dating back to the first trucks from the early ‘20s. But as one of the biggest pickup manufacturers in America, Chevrolet presented the Fleetside truck bed on the 1955 model. The Fleetside construction was revolutionary in many ways. First, the truck bed looked more elegant and flush with lthe ines of the cabin as well as the whole design of the truck. Second, the Fleetside allowed the maximum width of the truck bed, making the truck more capable to carry wider loads.
Third, the innovative construction was more durable and stronger than ever before. The first model to feature this construction solution was the Chevrolet Cameo, but it wasn’t successful at first. The Cameo was an upscale version of a standard Chevy truck featuring a V8 engine and updated equipment but at a higher price. Some earlier versions even featured the Fleetside bed consisting of fiberglass instead of steel. Chevrolet discontinued the Cameo as a model in 1958. However, their Fleetside style continues to this day and all truck manufacturers have wholeheartedly accepted it.