1924 GMC 1 Ton Potato TruckSOLD
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Estimate: $50,000-$70,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $33,000

37hp, 192.4 cu. in, L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission,
semi-elliptic leaf spring solid font and worm-drive rear axle. Wheelbase: 132"

The trademarked GMC badge, standing for General Motors Company, first appeared in 1912 on Rapid and Reliance brand trucks which Billy Durant had folded into GM in 1908. General Motors Truck Company had been incorporated in 1911 as a sales organization to distribute the two brands. In 1913, all GMC truck manufacturing was consolidated in Pontiac, Mich., in the “largest exclusive truck factory in the world.”

The first true GMC-brand truck, unrelated to either the Rapid or Reliance, was the Model 15 (for its 1,500-lb payload capacity) appearing in 1915. Chevrolet did not produce its first trucks until 1918, the same year the bow-tie-brand company was incorporated into General Motors.

In the teens and twenties, GMC added heavier-capacity models to its line as it increasingly positioned itself as a medium and heavy-truck manufacturer for strictly commercial customers. The Model K-16 1-Ton to 5-Ton models appeared in 1921.

This beautiful green-and-black 1924 K-16 1-Tonner belonged to the agricultural product storage elevator in Posen, Mich., when John McMullen acquired it totally intact. Posen, located in the far Northeastern corner of the state, has labeled itself the “potato capital of the world” (a claim also made by towns in Idaho, Maine and Peru). The wording Michigan Grown Potatoes was carefully preserved on the truck’s cargo box sides during the subsequent restoration commissioned by McMullen.

This early truck model is especially rare because it was both a relatively low-production commercial model of an obscure brand, and the wooden cargo bed and cab would have been completely exposed to weathering over many decades. Truck restoration for collectors has only become popular in the last couple of decades as market share gained by new trucks increasingly has matched that of passenger cars.

It is apparent that the GMC was the recipient of a lavish total frame-up restoration in every detail, signaled by the unusual orange paint on the engine and the outstanding quality of finish present on the undercarriage and frame. Black vinyl is substituted for what would have been the original leather on the seat in the open-sided cab. As a fit running and driving example in outstanding condition, this Potato truck will be much better suited for the show field or the occasional parade than out in the fields hauling spuds.

Reference Number 8688

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1924 GMC 1 Ton Potato Truck
VIN 809645 
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