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RealRides of WNY - Divco

April 25, 2017

RealRides of WNY - Divco

When I was a kid these things were all over the neighborhood — mostly delivering milk. Divco Corporation of Detroit seemed to have a lock on the business back in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and early ‘60s. Many of their trucks were designed to be driven while standing, using a combination of hand and foot controls for acceleration, braking, and clutching. The truck pictured here, seen last week in Amherst, appears to be the larger Model 121 (a sit-only model) which, in addition to the dual rear wheels, would normally be equipped with a six-cylinder engine (some smaller trucks had a four) and a 116 quart-bottle case capacity. The basic design of these trucks spanned the years 1937 to 1985, when Divco went out of business.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

 

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