Muscle Trucks


Mike Mueller

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The American pickup has always been known for its hard-working, easy handling nature, but has mainly served as a light workhorse. As pickups became more mainstream, many were created with high-performance in mind.

Dubbed Muscle Trucks – the roots of these prestigious pickups go back to 1955, when Chevrolet introduced the Cameo Carrier. While not a hot rod, the Cameo was super cool and it proved that customers would buy a truck that could play as well as work. Ford then followed with its crossover pioneer, the Ranchero, which was half car, half truck. The Ranchero inspired Chevrolet’s El Camino, and both of these hybrids featured high-performance variations before all was said and done.