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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.

1939 International Armored


Truck Information:
This is a 1939 International Armored Police Truck; it was made for the Minneapolis Police Department in response to waves of strikes and protests that had plagued the city for most of the 1930s. The entire body of the truck is quarter-inch armor plate. It has bullet deflectors on the front and rear tires. The radiator has a bullet guard. The windshield and all of the windows are two inches thick. On the windshield, side window and back window, there are gun ports. You would have been able to carry a lot of ammo in the back. With a machine gun sticking out the gun port, a load of ammo along with steel plate and bulletproof glass, you would be sitting pretty good in this truck if someone was shooting at you. It has 90 horsepower and weighs 5,660 pounds, so you wouldn't be able to run away from a gunfight nor would you have been able to catch up with anybody in a pursuit. It has a siren and a light. It is not quite the SWAT vehicle of today, but for its day it was probably quite impressive.



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