Here is another picture of a hotrodded Divco I found on the Internet. This one is called "Milk Shake".
Here is a photo I found on the Internet of a restored Ice Cream truck. This type of vehicle was manufactured by many factories. Unfortunately very few remain in a restorable condition. Many were sold by their original owners in the 60's and 70's and cutup and converted to RV's during the "hippie" generation.
(editor's note: received this information today, see comment. Thanks Finklebean for the correction concerning this truck! Would love to post the photos you've mentioned, please email.) Hi, I was in LA a few weeks ago and visited the Peterson Automotive Museum. There is a Helm's bread truck on display there. If I recall correctly, the trucks were made for Helm's by Twin Coach, which eventually became Divco.
This picture shows a stepvan that was most likely manufactured in the 70's. It sure looks like the stepvans I saw most everyday growing up in Union City, IN/OH. The Union City Body Company produced stepvans for many years. This one has been equipped with hydralics, whitewall tires, and chrome reverse smoothies.
If memory serves me, this Chevrolet truck was advertised on eBay a year or two ago. The burnout is impressive, however, if you look closely, you will see that the front tires are blocked in the picture.
Not only were trucks like this manufactured by many small companies, the big names in Detroit were also involved. Here is a picture of a Ford delivery truck rotting away in a barnyard somewhere.
Delivery vehicles have been around for most of the history of the automobile. Here is a picture I found on the Internet of a very early example.
I took these photos of a hotrodded Divco truck at the customer appreciation cruise in at Aesthetic Finishers in Piqua, OH this past summer (2007).
Here is yet another example of a custom Divco milk truck.
International Harvester was also manufacturing various sizes of delivery trucks in the 50's and 60's. Their version, called the "Metro" had a snub nose and chrome grille that I think is pretty cool looking. Here is a photo of an unrestored Metro I found on the Internet.
Although I like the looks of early 50's Chevy pickups, the engineers that designed the chevy delivery trucks of that same period did not try to create something that honored the smooth designing lines of the cab. I guess function overshadowed beauty.
Not really a delivery van, this customized ice cream truck from the early 50's was way to cool not to be included in this post. I believe the Good Humor company had many of these trucks built during this time period. The coolest thing about these trucks was their "chopped, top-down" look.