March 27, 2021
This no-frills 1969 Chevy C-10 Stepside was spotted a couple of months ago in Tonawanda. Last night I learned while reading an article in Vintage Truck magazine that, back in the late 1950s when manufacturers started making pickups more stylish by eliminating the tacked-on rear fenders, they did so by adding “smooth-side” fenders to the outside of the existing pickup box, like the Chevy Cameo and Dodge Sweptline. This didn’t change the dimensions of the cargo box at all. It wasn’t until Ford unveiled the Styleside in 1957 that the pickup boxes gained cargo capacity by stretching the width of the box to the inside of the newly designed smooth fenders, and incorporating the wheelwells in the inside of the bed. Check out examples of the early Cameo & Sweptline, and the Styleside, below.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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