History about Pick ups

In the early years of automobile manufacturing, vehicles were sold as a chassis only, and third parties added bodies on top, In 1913 the Galion Allsteel Body Company, an chief engineering of the pickup and dump truck, built and installed hauling boxes on slightly modified Ford Model T chassis, and from 1917 Ford begun the massive production of the Model TT. Seeking part of this market share, Dodge introduced a 3/4-ton pickup with cab and body constructed completely of wood in 1924. In 1925 Ford followed up with a Model T-based steel-bodied, half-ton with an adjustable tailgate and heavy-duty rear springs. Billed as the "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body," it sold for US$281. 34,000 vehicles were built. In 1928 it was replaced by the Model A which had a closed-cab, safety glass windscreen, roll-up side windows and three-speed gearbox. In 1931 Chevrolet Introduced its first factory-assembled pickup. Ford Australia produced the first Australian truck "ute" in 1932. During the second world war, the United States government halted the product of privately-owned pickup trucks.

In the U.S.A., the 1963 protectionist chicken tax distorted the light truck market in favor of American manufacturers, stopping the import of the Volkswagen Type 2, and effectively "squeezed smaller Asian truck companies out of the American pickup market." Over the intervening years, Detroit lobbied to protect the light-truck tariff, thereby reducing pressure on Detroit to introduce vehicles that polluted less and that offered increased fuel economy.