1952 Federal 45M Truck Tractor, Used by Cole's Express

Date:
1952
Creator:
Federal Motor Truck Company

When this truck was new, about 120,000 tractor-trailers traveled the roads. By 2000, there were over two million. New interstate highways helped long-haul trucks dominate the freight business. Americans developed a romantic image of truckers as modern cowboys roaming concrete trails, speaking their own language on CB radios. Drivers became heroes of movies and music. But real truck driving is demanding, sometimes dangerous, and often boring work.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.381.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Galen L. Cole.

1974 Ford C-700 Truck, Used by Roadway Express

Date:
1974
Creator:
Ford Motor Company | Whiting Door Manufacturing, Corp.

Roadway Express, Inc. operated this Ford C-series truck in Lexington, Kentucky. The truck's functionality proved useful to the company's local pickup and delivery service. Designated unit 23704, it was a workhorse for the company for sixteen years, before being retired to The Henry Ford.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
90.191.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Roadway Express, Inc.