GMC Truck History
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GMC'S FOREFATHER -- This 1902 Rapid motor truck is the forebear of today's complete line of stylish GMC trucks. Called a one-lunger, because of its one-cylinder engine, it had a chain drive and its driver's seat was located on the right side. Invented by Max Grabowski, it was produced in Detroit and later in Pontiac, Michigan, the home of GMC Truck & Coach Division.
GMC EMBLEM UNVEILED -- This 1908 cab-over-engine truck was among the first to carry the GMC emblem which today is a famous symbol of trucking progress. Although the chain drive was still used in this vehicle, notice that the truck is more sturdily constructed and it looks less like a "skeleton on wheels."
CHAIN DRIVE DROPPER -- This 1914 GMC was one of the first GMC models using a gear drive instead of the impractical chain drive. When the new drive was introduced by GMC in 1914, it was hailed as a major advancement. The plaudits were warranted, as the GMC gear drive was the forerunner of the modern truck differential. Note that the driver's seat has been shifted to the left side.
POST-WAR PACKAGE -- This 1927 model was the latest thing in trucking in the post-World War I era. It was in this period that trucks started looking like today's vehicles. The cab was enclosed and many engineering developments made the vehicle more powerful. This truck won fame for making the first trans-continental run in the United States with a full load.
FURTHER REFINEMENTS -- This 1934 GMC shows the further refinements in truck building that have kept GMC in the forefront of the industry. Although the truck looks antiquated when compared with present GMCs, it was the finest in its day. Streamlining was not a factor in truck styling when this vehicle was designed.
MODERN LOOK -- Following World War II, truck makers became more and more conscious of truck styling. GMC paced the styling field with this model. Smart and attractive, the post-war GMCs were snapped up by operators who wanted a prestige-building vehicle as well as a sturdy versatile truck.
AGE OF ALUMINUM TILT CAB HEAVY-DUTY TRUCKS -- The GMC aluminum tilt cab models lead the field in over-the-road haulers. Payload-consuming weight is stripped to a minimum with all-aluminum light-weight cabs, fabricated frames and stabilized air ride suspensions. High-torque diesel power gives top performance, keeps operating and maintenance costs in their proper perspective.





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