September 21, 2023
Focus on the red truck in the photo and forget everything around you, and for a few minutes it might seem like 1924 again. This truck was brand new in that year, commemorated by the 1924 Ohio license plate on the front bumper. It’s restored as it might have looked as a repair truck for an International Harvester equipment dealership.
This truck was spotted at the Pioneer Engineers’ Club annual reunion in early August. The event is held each year at Caldwell Acres, southwest of Rushville, Ind.
The 100th birthday celebration of the International Farmall tractor was celebrated in 2023. Technically, the first Farmall didn’t roll off the assembly line headed to a farm until 1924. According to Wikipedia, International Harvester trucks already had a long heritage by then. The original Model A Auto-Body appeared that year under the IHC brand. The Model A became known as a Motor Truck in 1910, and beginning in 1914, they were known as IHC trucks.
The 1924 models were part of International’s effort to produce speedier trucks. International developed a reputation for making both lightweight trucks like this one, the forerunner of the modern pickup truck, and heavy-duty trucks. The last light-line truck for the company was made in 1975.
Heavy-duty truck production continued. Reorganizing due to hard times, the truck division was the only portion of the original company that survived. Renamed Navistar in 1986, since the company sold the International Harvester name to Tenneco, it still produces International trucks today.
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