Pickup trucks from the 1950s-1970s are an enduring symbol of the West in the U.S., but their recent climb in value means that many have been over-restored. At big collector car auctions in America, some classic trucks are selling for more than the equivalent of a brand new one.
So it is becoming increasingly appealing to find an unrestored truck being used regularly – even if somewhat more gently, as this International Harvester B120’s life probably is these days.
Tucked into a leafy side street in South Denver, Colorado, this B-120 no doubt has more than a few stories to tell. It’s either a 1959 or a 1960 and it features optional four-wheel-drive, or what International marketed as “all-wheel-drive.”
With its stacked twin headlamps, the B-Series was the last of the curvaceous International trucks. The brand’s offerings became less bubbly and more “modern” at the dawn of the 1960s.
Despite the B-Series nomenclature, the truck pictured really fits into the middle of International’s long heritage of pickup trucks. For 1956, International rebranded what had been known as the S-Series with a redesigned model called A-Series, the A representing the brand’s 50th anniversary. A special gold and white model christened Golden Jubilee featured extra chrome and some additional luxuries.
Still, as this B-120 clearly shows, trucks in the 1950s were largely agricultural machines – even if their designs have worn especially well. This truck was once a more aqua-like color, but its blue and white scheme today appears to have been applied not long after the truck was new.
Words and photos by Joseph Keller.