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1968 Peterbilt 358


Engine Type:
Detroit 8V71 318 Horsepower

Transmission Type:
Fuller 13-Speed

Truck Information:
There’s just something about owning a Peterbilt. Owning this 1968 Peterbilt 358 when it was new would have been like owning a Cadillac at the time. Kenworth and Peterbilt are owned by PACCAR; they build good-quality products, and they have a good reputation among drivers. This truck is an early version of the tilt hood model. Tilt hoods made trucks easy to work on. Trucks today have a bigger, wider nose for increased radiator capacity for larger engines. If you were to compare the cab of this truck with a Peterbilt from 25 years earlier, it would not be much different. The older truck would still be a chain drive and the interior would be similar. If you were to put modern-style headlights on this truck and park it out in a lot, many people probably couldn’t tell you what year it was because the company has stuck with this design for a very long time. Peterbilt still makes this style of truck today, but they sell fewer of them every year because drivers are moving to more aerodynamic models. Still, this is a classic design, and many appreciate the way they look. When this truck came off the assembly line in 1968, it was sold to United Grocers in Richmond, California. It hauled food items for many years. In 2000, it was found sitting in a field by a gentleman who it brought back to life to display at truck shows. After one show, the truck was in an accident that left it in pieces. It was restored shortly thereafter to its original condition. Iowa 80 purchased the truck in 2009 to share with the general public. Top Speed: 70 MPH



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