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Classic Trucks of the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/19/2019 Motor Trend Staff
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Cars are the stars of the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise, which uses the famed boulevard north of Detroit to celebrate classic cars, muscle cars, powerful cars, quirky cars, modified cars, and generally much-beloved cars. But trucks and vans help make the world go around. Over the course of a week of watching vehicles cruise up and down Woodward Avenue, check out our gallery to see the classic trucks we find ourselves drawn to.

Naturally we love the cars that pose as pickup trucks—those automotive mullets (business in the front, party in the back). There was a lovely red '57 Ford Ranchero, a gorgeous seafoam green and white '59 Ford Ranchero, a baby-blue '60 Chevy El Camino, and Torino-based Rancheros from the late '60s and early '70s.

a red car parked in front of a building: 1957 Ford Ranchero© Motor Trend Staff 1957 Ford Ranchero

Some of the "real trucks" have gorgeous lines and paint schemes, like the Chevy 3100 in navy and dusty yellow. Conversely, some of the best patina is found on what's left of a pickup.

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There were military trucks and giant mil-spec civilian trucks, like a Unimog in Ford Airport livery from 479 miles away in Kingston, Michigan (on the Wisconsin border).

With Ford poised to launch a new Bronco, old Broncos were everywhere, but they weren't the only cool SUVs. We spied a rare first-gen K5 GMC Jimmy with its hard-top off, an equally quirky C104 Jeep Commando, and a high-performance GMC Typhoon.

One modified custom truck with a Mad Max feel has a stuffed boar's head mounted on the back. Equally at home on the set of Mad Max would be the square-jowled chopped semi-tractor; a black beast with dual smoke stacks. It looks like the semi-tractor was lowered and shortened, with stoplight eyebrows over the taillights.

Classic Vans of the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise

Then there are the vans. Many have VW badging. One favorite has a Peter Max-inspired paint motif, taking us back to the days of Yellow Submarine cover art work for the Beatles album.

Sitting coquettishly on the side of Woodward was a red and white Ford Econoline. It had plenty of vintage "Forward Control" company out on the Avenue, including an Econoline pickup in Hot Wheels livery and a gorgeous Dodge A100 van in blue and white.

We should not be surprised by the proliferation of trucks and SUVs cruising Woodward. In 2019, it is a truck world. Automakers are discontinuing car nameplates, replacing them with more trucks, SUVs and crossovers. At MotorTrend we embrace them all so we shouldn't be surprised that the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise and the millions of spectators it attracts custom and classic trucks too.

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