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The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum collection was started by Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, Bill Moon. Bill Moon had a passion for trucks and was always looking for a new truck or trucking artifacts to add to his collection. There are now over 100 antique trucks on display in the museum. We also have 304 original petroliana signs and 24 vintage gas pumps.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum - Exhibit

Truck of the Month

A Bit of History: 
  • In 1944, when World War II was declining and Germany was facing food shortages, Daimler-Benz and Albert Friedrich had the idea to create an agricultural tool that could help plant and harvest crops as well as drive them into town. 
  • This versatile off-roader truck later became known as the Unimog, an abbreviation for the Universal Motor Geraet (universal motorized vehicle). 
  • The first blueprint for a ‘do it all’ farming vehicle was presented to the Daimler-Benz board of directors in September of 1945, but it wasn’t met with much enthusiasm. Despite this, the engineering plans were presented before the Production Control Commission (a group headed by the American military) which granted approval to proceed with the construction of 10 prototypes for testing. 
  • Following a successful test period, the Unimog entered production in 1947. A new diesel engine – the Daimler-Benz OM636 – was used to power the early production units and gave farmers a standardized fuel type. 
  • By 1954, no fewer than 66 different agricultural appliances could be attached to the Unimog and a year later, the product line was split into two distinct models: one targeted to farming and municipal use and one targeted to overland transport in areas where roads were scarce or nonexistent. 
  • In 1955, the Unimog was adopted for service with the German military due to the vehicle’s sturdiness and versatility. This Unimog, in fact, was one of the ones built for the German army. 
  Fun Facts: 
  • Over 400,000 Unimogs have been delivered to customers around the world. 
  • The first Unimog logo was a pair of ox horns in the shape of a ‘U’. In 1951, this logo was replaced by the three-pointed star. 
  • There are two long fold-down benches in the back of this truck that can hold about eight people each. 
  • The top speed of this truck is 55 miles per hour (or 90 kilometers per hour). 
  • The axles are higher than the center of the tires; they are driven by gears at the end of the axle hub. With higher ground clearance, this truck can go through water. 
  • The small downward shining lights are for wartime conditions. They give the driver just enough light to drive by, but not so much that enemy aircraft could see the truck from above. 

Other Exhibits on Display

  • Cummins ISX Engine
  • NH-250 Cummins Cutaway
  • Knox 5th Wheel and Radiator
  • Bill Moon Tribute
  • Hall Scott Engine
  • Antique Gas Pumps
  • Antique Metal Signs
  • Vintage Transportation Related Toys
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