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1954 Fageol Van


Engine Type:
International SD-240

Transmission Type:
Twin Coach FV-2060

Truck Information:
This Fageol Van, which was built on March 2, 1954, was the 58th one of this model made. The entire truck and body were constructed as one strong unit by making the International Harvester chassis part of the integral structure. This made them stronger, safer, lighter, and easier to handle. Fageol Vans also had the ability to carry more freight than any other truck of the same length being manufactured at that time. That's because the design uses space very efficiently. It is much like a cabover truck with an attached trailer, or possibly better described as a trailer with a drivetrain and built-in cab. The space above the driver and passenger is for cargo. This moving van was certainly designed for cramming as much into a small area as possible. Along with full double bulkhead doors in the rear, Fageol Vans had a door on the side for easy curbside loading and delivery. The unusual design was also ideal for marketing. The vans could be painted and used as rolling billboards. Fageol boasted that these Vans had a cab that was comfortable and roomy with a windshield that not only had maximum visibility, but was also scientifically curved and tilted to minimize eye strain and reduce glare. The Fageol brothers were early car, truck, and bus makers. They were located in California and they made good motor cars, but unfortunately the company did not survive the Great Depression. The company was liquidated and sold to T.A. Peterman in 1938. Peterman built his first truck in the former Fageol facility in 1939, and called his trucks Peterbilts. He kept up the tradition that the Fageols had started of making quality trucks. The Fageol name was revived in the early 1950s, and they produced this quality van mostly for the moving industry. Unfortunately the idea of a self-powered trailer never caught on; there aren't many of these still in existence. It was an expensive van to make, and it was difficult to get to the engine to work on it. Even though it was well made, production didn't last long. This specific van was featured in the movie The Hours in 2002 as a moving van. It was then part of Frank Malatestas personal collection in New Jersey until it was purchased by the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in 2005. Top Speed: 45 MPH



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