Ultra Rare Trucks Are Restored To Their Former Glory

There are two main things you need to know about these trucks; 1) they were awesome to begin with. I mean, legends. And, 2) they’ve been restored BEYOND their original glory. These things are downright cool. You’re going to love them. Some of these restorations will look the same as original just much cleaner like it just rolled off the assembly line. While others have some modifications that make them drastically better than the manufacturer could have ever dreamt of doing. One thing is for sure. All of these amazing project restorations came out absolutely astonishing. Check out all 40 and let us know which one is your favorite. We could look at these beauties all day. Check them all out!

1964 Ford F-150

Believe it or not, this 1964 Ford F-150 was originally used as a service truck for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In that occupation, a truck can get pretty beat up. But the folks who handled this restoration job did some beautiful work. The engine was rebuilt, body work was completed and the F-150 was painted its original Forest Green. An interesting fact about the 1964 edition of the F-150 (as well as the 1963) is that the bed from the 1957-1960 series was used in the 1964 F-150. The original engine was a 352 CID FE V8 which put out 208 horsepower. This right here is a beautiful truck, and it’s one we’d love to get our hands on!

1966 Ford F-100

Staying in the Ford family for our second truck, this 1966 Ford F-100 pickup is a beautiful example of a restoration done right. The truck cab and floors are original but everything else on this machine is a rebuild. It took three years to refurbish this F-100 completely, and it is well worth the wait. It’s in mint condition. The 1966 F-100 is the last edition in the fourth-generation line of Ford F-series pickups. We love the aggressive look of the red and black paint job!

1961 Ford Econoline Pickup

What is now a boxy and unattractive line of cargo vans, this 1961 Econoline pickup truck is anything but that. Introduced as part of the Econoline model line for 1961, the Ford Econoline pickup truck was based upon the cargo van. The front is nearly identical, but the back half is chopped off. The result is interesting looking, but no doubt a classic! The pickup option in the Econoline series ended after 1967, so that makes this 1961 edition, which was the first in the line by the way, that much more sought after. We love this classic truck!

1949 Dodge Power Wagon

Rugged, powerful, and dare we say it…sexy. This 1949 Dodge Power Wagon has been restored, refurbished, rebuilt – you name it! 1949 was the fourth year in the Power Wagon series. What you may notice in the image above is the doors. Rarely, if at all, will you see a 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with two doors. This truck was succeeded by the ever-present Dodge Ram. This Power Wagon is no doubt a custom job. Although it probably costs big bucks, we would love to own it!

1956 Chevrolet 3100

Ocean Green and Bombay Ivory – that’s the colors you see here. What we’re looking at is a 1956 Chevy 3100 that’s been completely stripped and rebuilt. It was laying in storage in a garage in California since 1973 and if you could look through the vehicle, you’ll see a hodge-podge of parts from other vehicles as well. Such as a 1972 Camaro front clip, steering column, and rear end. It’s got leather seats, a V8 engine and completely updated audio system. All in all, a beautiful truck!

1931 Chevy Pickup

Rare, and beautiful…what a combination. This bad boy dates back to the Great Depression. Thankfully for our eyes, its exterior has been refurbished since then. The body and frame is original, although it was taken off during the restoration. It’s got automatic transmission, tan faux-leather interior and green exterior paint. But not just any green – John Deere Green. That in itself is a treasure. There’s no doubting that this old pickup is a rare find, but we just love how good it looks too!

1930 Ford Roadster

If you thought a 1931 truck would be the oldest on this list – you’re mistaken! This awesome 1930 Ford Roadster is certified AWESOME. Not so much a pickup as the rest of them, it does still have a Brookville bed in the back of the extended cab. White interior with Corvette Nassau Blue exterior and red accents, this automatic V8-engine pickup truck is a sight to behold. The Roadster Pickup is a spinoff of the Ford Model A series, produced from 1927-1930. It’s as rare as it is beautiful!

1954 Ford F100

This custom Show Truck couldn’t be dropped any lower if even it wanted to. Just about everything in this F100 has been retooled, and we’ve got to say…it looks awesome. Not every drop job can turn out this clean. The red exterior mixed with beige interior gives this 1954 Ford F100 a classic look. The brand new V-8 engine under the hood gives it a modern feel and sound. Given our choice between a pickup built recently and this beauty, you know which one we’d choose!

1939 Chevrolet Pickup

Completely rebuilt and completely classic, this 1939 Chevrolet Pickup is simple, clean and runs like a charm. Complete with a 235 inline 6 engine and 3 speed manual transmission, it’s rebuilt to original specs. The only exception is that its upgraded to a 12V system and electronic ignition. We just love that they decided to keep the oak bed slats, it gives it that old-timey look that is synonymous with Chevy pickups of yesteryear. Plus, the black and silver exterior is just perfect!

1937 Plymouth PT-50 Pickup Truck

Hot Blue. That’s the awesome color of paint you see on this 1937 Plymouth pickup. 1937 was the first edition of this model, and this one seen here has a rebuilt engine and power glide transmission. Also new is the paint job, chrome accents and tires. This Plymouth PT-50 Pickup Truck from the late 1930’s is surely the cause of envy for many of us. That’s one beautiful time capsule!

1948 Ford F1

The first F-Series truck, which was also called the Ford Bonus-Built, was introduced in late 1947. They were a replacement for the pre-war Ford trucks. Compared to prior Ford pickups, the F-1 has a flat, one-piece windshield and integrated headlamps. It has a wider cab than prior trucks. We don’t know the specific name of this paint job, but it sure is head-turning. Whoever completed this renovation did a phenomenal job!

1951 Ford F-1

This classic is the first-generation Ford F-series pickup truck. It’s an F-1 from 1951 which is a couple of years before Ford changed the F-1 to an F-100 (rumor has it, this was partially because of the popular F-100 Super Sabre aircraft). Anyways, the cherry-red paint is a custom job, as is much of the rest of the vehicle. The 1951 trucks were restyled with a single bar type grille and a headlight at each end of the grille bar. The grille was painted argent (silver) to complement the chrome headlight bezels. This features have been updated in this model. Whoever refurbished this beauty did one great job!

1940 Ford 1/2 Ton Pickup Truck

This is our second 1940 1/2 Pickup Truck on this list, and there’s good reason. It’s gorgeous! The Ice Blue paint job is immaculate on this refurbished time capsule. This image was captured at the 2006 Del Mar autoshow, so there’s no telling what kind of condition this vehicle is in today. But we hope it’s just as good-looking as it is in this photo. Ice Blue is one excellent paint color for a pickup truck.

1964 Chevy C10

This is a 1964 Chevy C10 Pick Up. The restoration involved pulling the truck off the frame and doing the metalwork. After completion, the technicians sanded the car and covered it in Blue Poly Paint. Along with the paint job, they replaced the bumpers and added a new chrome grille. As for the interiors, this C10 contains a new black wood floor, side stainless lining, a black vinyl bench, and door panels. It also has A/C installed and a new Rosewood wheel. Under the hood, this truck has a 350 V8. Topping off the project, the technicians added 18” Riddler Wheels.

1956 Chevrolet 3100 NapCo 4×4

This bad, bad machine is a totally different truck than the other 1956 Chevy 3100 on this list. This one is a 4×4 moster. NapCo (Northwestern Auto Parts Company) was a four-wheel drive automobile parts manufacturing company founded in 1918. NapCo was bought out not long after this very truck was made, so that makes this Chevy 3100 all the more awesome. This has been refurbished to include modern interior and specs, as well as the exterior paint and chrome jobs. What excellent work on this beautiful vehicle!

1937 Chevy Pickup

Sunset Pearl. That’s the beautiful hue of color you’re looking at right now. I want my bedroom painted that color. I wish every car was required to be outfitted with Sunset Pearl. This 1937 Chevrolet Pickup Truck jumps off the page with that beautiful paint job. Believe it or not, this refurbished Chevy is made up of a lot of different parts from a lot of different vehicles. But the frame is classic 1930s Chevrolet. Great work on this Chevy!

1950 Chevrolet 3100

Take a look at this truck. This 1950 Chevrolet 3100 short box pickup has many alterations such as a frame-off restoration, custom body modification, and interiors. It uses a Corvette 350 CI along with an automatic transmission and air ride technology. Lastly, it has new custom heaters and exhaust system, front disc brakes, and Lokar shifter. This pickup has gone on to win many awards. A buy ultimately purchased this vehicle at an auction.

1966 Chevrolet C10

Do yourself a favor and try to find another C10 like this one that’s as in good of shape. This 1966 Chevy C10 has been stretched to a four-door frame, painted Black and restored nearly from head to toe. The steering wheel, steering column, dashboard, bumpers, hood, grille, and drivetrain shifter are all stock. Everything else on this awesome refurbished truck is new and improved. The restoration took over a year and we sure are glad it happened because look at this beautiful machine now.

1977 Mercedes Benz Unimog 416

This 1977 Mercedes Benz Unimog 416, painted Viper Red, is outfitted with a dump bed for extra utility. In the United States and Canada, the Unimog was sold as the Freightliner Unimog. It has myriad purposes, including military, commercial, motorsport and in this case, civilian. The cab was stripped to bare metal before undergoing a color change. The bed and wheels were sandblasted before painting, and the end result is one clean looking truck. This is one monster machine, and one that we wish we could get our hands on!

1958 Chevrolet Apache NapCo 4×4

In 1958, Chevy changed some things. All light-duty trucks are now called “Apache”, medium-duty trucks called “Viking”, and heavy-duty trucks called “Spartan”. However, this isn’t the standard Apache pickup. This pickup truck is one of the rare ones with the NAPCO Power-Pak conversion – which is most noticeable in the body of the truck bed. It’s a beautiful truck without the conversion, but with it this 1958 gem looks even better.

1940 1/2 Ton Ford Pickup

Refurbished from head to toe, this 1940 1/2 ton pickup truck is in perfect condition. The exterior couldn’t be in better condition and the Titanium Green Metallic paint job is stunning. 1940 started a trend for Ford where the trucks began to style similar to Ford’s other cars. But the main difference was the monster original engines: two flathead V-8 engines: a 136-cubic-inch 60-horsepower unit. The truck you see here looks nothing like the one produced back in 1940, but we’re thankful for that because it’s beautiful how it is today!

1938 Ford Pickup Truck

Speaking of pre-war Ford pickup trucks, here’s a beautifully restored 1938 Ford pikcup. Ford pickup trucks were fitted with a new cab in 1938, front-end sheetmetal, and bed. The debut of a truck that slotted between the light-duty car-based pickup and the heavy-duty 11/2-ton models was an increased attraction. The 1938 model weighed one ton, and was appropriately called the “One-Tonner.” The restoration on this One-Tonner is perfect.

 1946 Dodge Power Wagon

This beautiful 1946 Dodge Power Wagon Crew Cab was just sold to a new owner. Listing price? A cool $259,950. This is one of Truck Trend’s top SEMA builds. Powered by an SRT8 Hemi with a Whipple Supercharger. It puts out 575HP at the AXLE and over 650 at the motor. It was built as a display for Maxxis Tires.

1962 GMC Crew Cab

Now this is special. Allegedly, this is the only one like this left in the United States. It’s one-of-a-kind but it’s not custom. There were only six of these workhorses back in 1962, and it looks nearly the same now as it did then. The differences are a new paint job, wheels, tires and other small items. This is one rare, re-tooled truck! What a beauty.

1929 Ford Model A Pickup Truck

This is the second Model A on this list, and the more conventional of the two. Mainly because it still has a full cab on it. The 1929 Model A has several varieties of pickup truck: Roadster Pickup, Deluxe Service Pickup, Deluxe Pickup and this one, the standard Pickup model. Painted a dark metallic blue, this is one clean ride! A really excellent restoration project right here.

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