What Was the First Ever Pickup Truck?

The first pickup truck dates back to the year 1917, when the Ford Motor Company introduced their Model TT. The Model TT was a commercial vehicle that was designed to be used for work purposes. It had an open cab and a flat bed in the rear for carrying cargo.

The Model TT included a number of features that are now standard on modern pickup trucks. This included an adjustable seat and steering wheel, an enclosed engine, a windshield, and an adjustable suspension system. The Model TT also featured a manually operated hand-crank to start the engine.

The original Model TT was powered by a 2-cylinder engine that produced 20 horsepower. This power level was enough to move the truck at speeds of up to 40 mph. The truck was capable of carrying up to 1 ton of cargo in its bed and could pull up to 3 tons with its hitch.

In 1925, the Ford Motor Company introduced the first pickup truck with four-wheel drive capability. This truck featured an improved suspension system that allowed it to carry heavier loads more easily than its predecessor. It also had larger brakes and more powerful engines.

Over the years, pickup trucks have evolved into powerful vehicles that are used for both work and leisure activities. Modern versions of these vehicles are equipped with advanced technologies such as four-wheel drive systems, airbags, antilock brakes, navigation systems, and much more.


The first ever pickup truck was introduced by Ford Motor Company in 1917 – called the Model TT – which had many features similar to modern-day trucks, including adjustable seating and steering wheel positions as well as four-wheel drive capability by 1925. Today’s pickup trucks have evolved significantly since then with advanced technology such as airbags and antilock brakes for increased safety, making them powerful machines for both work purposes or leisure activities.

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Stephen Dunn