General Motors is touting its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado as a truck with 100 years of learnings built into every inch. Since producing the first 1918 Chevrolet One-Ton model, which featured a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine with an estimated 45 pound-feet of torque, the bow-tie brand has sold more than 85 million pickups and counting. GM contends Chevrolet remains true to its roots and loyal to its owners — from the One-Ton to decades of the popular C/K models to today’s Silverado light-duty pickups. Here’s a look at how Chevy pickups have evolved over the last century.
Early Trucks: Chevy produces its first purpose-built truck, the One-Ton, in January 1918 — months before becoming part of General Motors. The early trucks, which feature a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with an estimated 45 lb.-ft. of torque, are open-cab vehicles based off cars and said to be inspired by factory workers who modified vehicles to haul supplies around the plants. Photo credit: GM