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Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. When you visit, you’ll find more than what is featured here.

1986 GMC Astro


Truck Information:
GMC and Chevrolet, both owned by General Motors, wanted to be in the semi market in the '80s; this is a 1986 GMC Astro. General Motors has a very good dealer network and they tried to take advantage of that, but they were never a very popular truck. This is a good-looking truck, they were a well-made and -designed truck, but one of the downfalls was their main offering was a two-stroke Detroit diesel which had fallen out of favor with drivers. They leaked and used a lot of oil, they don't have great torque, so you shifted a lot if you had a Detroit. This was about the time that length laws for trucks went away, so the cab-over style was no longer necessary. It has the advantage of being shorter, but the driver sits directly over the front axle so the ride is rougher. It has a ladder, but was still not comfortable to get in and out of. This is a day cab. This one was a test truck and it has very low miles on it. You don't see any GMC or Chevrolet trucks on the road now. General Motors sold their business to White; it was called White GMC for awhile, then bought by Volvo.



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