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A Bit of History on The First Truck

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in News

Without trucks, trucking companies like ours would not exist.

The first truck was invented by automobile genius Gottlieb Daimler in 1896. At the time, most people were using draft horses and wagons to move short-haul goods. Daimler’s first truck (referred to by some as “vehicle no. 42”) wasn’t much more than a horseless-buggy with a motor. Check out some of the first truck’s stats:

  • 1.1 liter, 4-horsepower, 2 cylinder engine
  • 3 gears: 2 forwards, and 1 reverse
  • A reported 3,300 lb. hauling capacity
A vehicle woefully unsuited for hauling our dry bulk trailers. Photo Credit Martin Dürrschnabel

A vehicle woefully unsuited for hauling our dry bulk trailers. Photo Credit Martin Dürrschnabel

The precursor to the modern semi truck, invented by Scotsman Alexander Winton, came along just two years later. And the first Mack truck was manufactured in 1907. It may not look like much, but Daimler’s truck spurred on a wave of automobile inventions and modifications that made the trucking industry what it is today.

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