The pickup truck has been a fixture of American roadways since the 1920’s since the Model T Runabout was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Pickup trucks have been used by contractors and farmers to haul materials, by families to tow campers, souped up for track racing, and tricked out to catch attention. The pickup truck has become a sign of power in the United States for its power and versatility.
Pickup Truck Replica History
The earliest known pickup truck replicas happened to be created by Tonka in the mid-1950s. Nevertheless, these trucks were not technically die-cast. Tonka trucks have been created from several pressed or stamped metal parts that were riveted together to create a complete assembly. While Tonka was most well known for their industrial and construction equipment replicas, they also had a line of pickup trucks. The early Tonka pickup truck models were based on the Ford F150 line of pickup trucks, and although the designs diverted from the exact Ford design in the 1960s, the design did still resemble the existing Ford pickup truck designs. In the late 1960s, the design changed to more closely resemble Dodge pickup trucks of the era die casting china. While many of early Tonka replicas were not labeled with a scale, the vast majority of the replicas were 1/18.
Today’s Die Cast Pickup Truck Replicas
Today a much wider selection of die cast pickup truck replicas are currently available, representing most if not all of the lines of full size pickup trucks. One area that is popular for collectors is replicas of racing trucks. As collectors flock to replicas of NASCAR stock automobiles, similar interest has been produced in the NASCAR Craftsman truck series of racing, and collectors purchase replicas of the trucks of their favorite drivers.
Full-sized pickup trucks have also become attractive to drivers that like to trick out or customize their vehicles. Customization is not anymore limited to street automobiles! This interest has also expanded to the die-cast pickup truck industry. Collectors enjoy modifying stock pickup truck replicas with brand new paint schemes, chrome parts, and even constructed in lighting to really grab attention.
But collectors are certainly not confined to the 1/18 scale of vehicles. Matchbox and Hotwheels have been producing 1/64 scale pickup trucks for years. While these smaller vehicles might not have the collector value as their bigger cousins, these vehicles are simpler to look for and cheaper to purchase, making it possible for the collector to add a wider selection of vehicle models to the collection of his.
Finally, die casting manufacturer have the option to purchase pickup truck replicas that have been branded with their favorite sports team, products, or perhaps companies. For collectors who focus on vehicles that sport a certain product brand, for example Coca-Cola, this option provides for a wide variety of die-cast vehicles with common branding.
die-cast pickup truck replicas represent just among the many niches of the die-cast vehicle spectrum.