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1918 VIM Blue


Engine Type:
22 Horsepower 1917 VIM Truck Motor, 3-Inch Bore, 4½-Inch Stroke, 4-Cylinder Water-Cooled

Transmission Type:
3-Speed & Reverse Selective Sliding Gears

Truck Information:
This truck was built by the VIM Motor Truck Co. (formerly Touraine Company), which was in operation from 1915-1923. VIM trucks were designed and marketed as delivery trucks for merchants; the concept of individuals owning a small pickup-style truck was not widespread until much later. They ranged in price from $620 to $1050. Cost was dependent upon sizes of wagonettes, tires, canvas tops, and cabs. The truck was offered with one chassis option but eleven different open bed and closed panel bodies. Buyers could also just purchase the chassis and build their own body. VIM trucks were advertised as sturdy, dependable trucks that could stand up under the strain of strenuous commercial service. They covered greater distances and did more work in less time at a lower cost than a horse and wagon could. This VIM Blue, which was an in-town delivery truck, has a wheelbase that measures 89 inches with a 56-inch tread and weighs about 1,575 pounds. The 1918 model was the first year to feature electric lighting. Top Speed: 25 MPH



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