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.
1979 Kenworth K100 with Aerodyne sleeper,This ’79 Kenworth K100 cabover’s standout feature is its flat front, but its Aerodyne sleeper offered a big aerodynamic improvement.

1948 Ford delivery van owned by Tom and Theresa Sercombe of Jackson, MI

1990 Kenworth K100E owned by Tom Chestnut, left, and 1979 Kenworth K100 owned by Randy Englehart

1979 Kenworth K100 owned by Randy Englehart

MATS attendees check out a 1975 Dodge Big Horn, at left, owned by John Kessler.

John Kessler has quite the Dodge big rig collection — that’s his 1968 Dodge L-1000 in the foreground and his 1973 Dodge D-600.

1980 Kenworth W900 owned by David A. Strickland of Cana, VA

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