Once upon a time, there was the horse. It was a hard worker but it lacked the horsepower needed to pull its weight. And so man invented the pickup truck. The pickup is truly one of the great American creations. Affectionately dubbed everything from the Cowboy's Cadillac to the Farmer's Best Friend, the pickup is a blend of utility and style adding up to equal class.
In recent years, the pickup truck's class has become classic enthusiasts and collectors are reviving old workhorses to tour the nation as show trucks—or to simply show them off with pride. Others always knew their trucks were the best thing from barnyard to boulevard. The Great American Pickup is a celebration of pickups. From the famed Cameo Carrier to the gorgeous Hudson Terraplane, high-riding mini trucks to muscle-bound haulers, the rare Macks, Fords, Studebakers, Internationals, and the custom tilt low-riders: Here is a showcase of America's love affair with its pickup truck.
Noted photographer Henry Rasmussen has traveled the United States to collect this full-color gallery in appreciation of this great American creation. His detailed text tells of the allegiance truck owners swear to their pickups whether they be style-setters or workhorses.