They don’t make ’em like they used to. Sure, the latest-greatest trucks get attention at the Mid-America Trucking Show, and so do the super-custom semis out on the show lot. But people flock just as much — maybe more — to the trucks of yesterday, which you’ll find scattered throughout the exhibition halls. Maybe it’s the vintage, classic look of them that evolved throughout truck and automotive history. Maybe it’s nostalgia; you’ll hear drivers point and tell stories of what it was like to drive some of these and what trucking was like back then. Or maybe it’s the stories you can imagine these trucks would tell as many of them quite literally helped build the nation we know today. The American Truck Historical Society made a special appearance at MATS this year, showcasing a group of trucks from the 1930s to the 1990s. A few exhibitors also brought antique trucks to display. Many of these were only made in the hundreds decades ago, and few exist today. We kept our eyes out for the vintage trucks as we made our way through the exhibit halls. Come explore Fleet Owner’s gallery of these fine, old haulers for yourself.

1971 International 4300 owned by Mike Kauser

Here’s a 1985 Peterbilt 362 called the Tiltin’ Hilton belonging to Dave Friend Transport of Rossville, IN.

No info, but perhaps a 1968 Peterbilt 351?

1961 Mack B-61 owned by Dan Van Ness of Alexandria, OH

1987 Peterbilt 359 owned by Dave Friend

No info, but certainly a Kenworth W900, and from the wind deflector above the grille, likely a 1977.

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