Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:34

The 5 Hottest Collectible Pickups

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The classic truck market has been gaining steam over the past few years, with good-condition original rigs now seeing some very high prices across the auction block. But that hasn't made them all rise in value. While some trucks are up, others are still just old workhorses without collector interest. So if you're in the market, which trucks should you be looking for? Here are five I'd watch:

1. 1947-1955 GM Advance Design pickups
These trucks are fairly easy to find, so you can afford to be picky here. And you should be. Look for low-mileage short-bed half-tons without a lot of aftermarket chrome add-ons or modern bits. What you want here is originality over restoration, unless the restoration is completely stock and only includes what the truck would have had from new. Remember: most of these rigs didn't include a lot of convienience features.

What you should pay: Up to $35k, depending on originality and condition.

2. 1971-1972 Chevrolet C10/C20 Cheyenne Super
If you want an everyday usable truck for today's roads and still want that vintage look, it doesn't get much better than these highly-optioned examples. The Super featured things like special interiors with headliners, special paint and trim, and usually included options such as tilt columns and a/c. And starting in 1971, front disc brakes became standard on the 10s and 20s, so they offer decent stopping power. Find one with as many documented options as you can - look for a ’72 Cheyenne Super 4x4 short bed with a/c, power steering, power brakes, and a tach dash.

What you should pay: $15k—$30k, depending on options, originality and condition.

3. 1948 Ford F-1
This was the first Ford F-series pickup, and considering it's been America's best selling truck for years, that's nothing to take lightly. Again, like with the GM Advance Design trucks, I'd look for the best original example you can find, and leave the chrome add-ons to the custom crowd.

What you should pay: Up to $30k, depending on originality and condition.

4. 1946-1968 Dodge Power Wagon
The Power Wagon has an all-business go-anywhere 4x4 look about it, and they've seen quite a bit of upside in the market over the past few years. Designed in the early 1940s with the military in mind, these trucks didn't change much until they were discontinued in 1968.

What you should pay: Up to $45k, depending on originality and condition.

5. 1966-1977 Ford Bronco
These square Broncos have a huge following, and really good early examples without modifications are now tough to find, especially with low miles and no rust. Roadsters and half-cabs are rare.

What you should pay: Up to $25k, depending on originality, options, and condition.

What else should be on this list? Post it in the comments below.

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Jim Pickering

Jim Pickering is the Editor of American Car Collector magazine and has been the Managing Editor of Sports Car Market magazine since 2006. As proficient with Snap-On tools as he is with a keyboard, Jim began his career as a professional mechanic while still in college at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing. He can often be found at Portland International Raceway at the Late-Night Drags, behind the wheel of his 12-second big-block powered 1966 Chevrolet Caprice. He is also currently restoring a 1972 Chevrolet K10 Cheyenne Super longbed in his spare time.