The 51 Coolest Trucks of all Time

Monday, April 7th, 2014

coolest-trucks-01-0314-lgnThere is something we just like about a pick up!!

1963-1987 Jeep Gladiator and J-Series trucks

Jeep’s replacement for both its Willys pickup and the FC (Forward Control) truck was the Gladiator pickup. The Gladiator was a much more modern full-size pickup than Jeep’s earlier workhorses. This Jeep was contemporary enough that, with a few updates and styling changes, it stayed in production without a ground-up redesign for 24 years.

The earliest Gladiators used an advanced six-cylinder engine, while larger V-8 engines were optional throughout the life of the Gladiator and later J-10 and J-20 trucks. Since Jeep didn’t make its own V-8s, these were supplied by Buick and, of course, AMC. The largest was the AMC 401 V-8—the biggest engine ever offered in a Jeep pickup.

By 1976, the J-trucks received a new frame, and an awesomely disco “Honcho” package became available in the late 70s. The rarest and coolest of all the J-trucks of this generation would be the stepside bed Honchos of 1980-1983—only 1264 were made.

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Thanks Popular Mechanics!!

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