Today we have endless choices among pickup trucks, and the luxurious options give away nothing to their car counterparts. This is a recent development. The Silverados and Lariats of the 1980s ushered in luxury features to the emerging everyday truck driving community.
In the 1960s, a pickup was still a utility vehicle. Trucks were sparse and used hard. Perhaps the ones that had the toughest life of all were four-wheel drive models. Four-wheel drive was an unusual option for a pickup in the 1960s. Prior to this period, manufacturers and customers looked to independent companies like Marmon-Herrington to convert trucks to four-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, many of the trucks that received this option were bought for plowing duty. At that time, most of the areas that had enough snow to warrant plows used plenty of salt to melt the ice on the roads. The salt was merciless to vehicles, and many would develop gaping holes after just a year or two. Most of these trucks have long since rotted away.
This truck is a true survivor of a rare breed. This K20 four-wheel drive was set up as a plow truck from new. Luckily for the truck, it did not even complete one full season of plowing before it was mothballed. The truck has fewer than 6,000 miles and is in remarkable condition. The interior upholstery is wrapped in protective plastic from new. The body is totally rust-free and has good paintwork. Opening the hood reveals an untouched engine compartment.
The specification is typical of a four-wheel drive of the era. A low-geared, 4-speed manual is fitted behind a 230-ci six — putting the truck in first evokes the feeling that a wall could be climbed or driven right through with the power at hand.
This is a rare chance indeed to acquire such an unused or altered pickup from this era. The original plow frame and blade are included.