This fall marks an important milestone for General Motors: 100 years of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The Silverado has come a long way since the very first model in 1917 and has since earned the title of the most dependable and longest-lasting pickup on roadways today, based on full-size pickup registrations from 1987 to 2016.
The very first Chevy pickup truck was a flatbed that weighed 2,000 pounds and offered no cab or roof. And the wooden seats? No padding at all, according to USA Today. Under the hood sat a 3.6-liter four-cylinder that could make a whopping 36 horsepower. To get all of that, you’d need just $1,325.
Pickup trucks were not originally in high demand, but by the late 1930s, Americans were beginning to find more use for them just as Harley Earl, the GM design chief at the time, designed the 1938 half-ton pickup. The rest, as they say, is history. Chevrolet continued to produce pickups, and over the years, the Silverado nameplate earned due respect in the American marketplace, where it now enjoys fame as a true American icon in the automotive industry.
Come test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet. And we promise—it’s got padding on the seats.