1936 1/2-ton GMC pickup
  • 1936 1/2-ton GMC pickup
  • In 1936, 1/2-ton pickups grew in popularity to represent 4 out of every 10 GMC sales. These light-duty trucks had many uses, including farm hand duty. While most of these trucks used 85 horsepower engines, this particular model had the added boost of one extra.

  • 1967 GMC K2500
  • 1967 was the first year of GMC’s current model naming for full size pickups, with three models badged as 1500, 2500 and 3500. Pictured is a 1967 GMC K2500, the “K” representing this vehicle’s optional four-wheel drive.

  • 1913 2-ton pickup
  • GMC pickup trucks were classified by payload ratings right in the brand’s earliest years. This 1913 2-ton model was used for deliveries by the Trappe Canning Company in Easton, Md.

  • 1867 GMC 1500 pickup badge
  • A fender badge from a 1967 GMC 1500 pickup with an optional V-8 engine. This was the first year GMC ½-ton models used the “1500” moniker.

  • 1970s GMC badges
  • In the 1970s, GMC introduced the Sierra name on a variety of trim levels for its trucks. Today, all GMC fullsize pickups are sold under the Sierra name and all fullsize trucks from any American automaker have models starting with “15”, “25” and “35”.

  • 2013 GMC Sierra 3500 HD SLT
  • 2013 GMC Sierra 3500 HD SLT


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