General Motors was established by William C. Durant in 1908, as a holding company for Buick. GM obtained the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company of Pontiac, Michigan in 1909, framing the foundation of GMC Trucks. (Rapid was founded in 1901, by Max Grabowsky. The organization developed some of the earliest trucks ever manufactured, and used single-cylinder motors.) The
Reliance Motor Car Company (another independent truck maker) was also acquired by GM that same year. In 1911, Rapid and Reliance were merged, and in 1912 the "GMC Truck" marque was first displayed vehicles at the New York International Auto Show. Somewhere in the range of 22,000 trucks were manufactured that year, however GMC's contribution to those numbers was only 372 units. GMC, later became distinct division brand inside the partnership, marking trucks and coaches..
GMC had three assembling plants in Oakland California, Pontiac, Michigan, and Saint Louis, Missouri.
A GMC Truck crossed the nation from Seattle to New York City in 1916 in thirty days, and a GMC 2 ton truck was driven from New York City to San Francisco in 1916 in five days and 30 minutes. Amid the Second World War, GMC created 600,000 trucks to be used by the United States Armed Forces.
GM acquired a controlling interest in Yellow Coach in 1925, a bus maker situated in Chicago, Illinois which was established by John D. Hertz. After acquiring the balance in 1943, it was renamed the GM Truck and Coach Division. The Division produced interurban coaches until 1980. In May 1987, Transit bus production ended. The Canadian plant (in London, Ontario) created buses from 1962 until July 1987. In the late 1970s, GM withdrew from the bus and coach market on account of expanded rivalry in the late 1980s. RTS model rights were sold to Transportation Manufacturing Corporation, and Motor Coach Industries of Canada bought the Classic design. In 1998, GMC's official marking on vehicles was abbreviated from "GMC Truck" to just "GMC".
GMC presently makes SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and light and medium duty trucks. Previously, GMC also made fire trucks, ambulances, heavy duty trucks, military vehicles, transit buses and
GMC Model K (1920-1921)
1912 GMC Model V Panel
1913 GMC Model KU Truck
1916 GMC Truck
1918 GMC Tanker Truck
1919 GMC Tanker Truck
1920-1921 - New "K" models were presented with 3/4 to 5-tons capacities. They had Northway motors.
GMC T Models (1927-1932)
1920 GMC Truck
1925 GMC Truck
1927 GMC Truck
1931 GMC Truck
1932 GMC Pickup
1927 - GMC showed new "T" series vehicles. The 1/2-ton Panel Express and the Screen Side Express were manufactured by the Oakland Motor Car Co. (later it became Pontiac Motor Division. of GM). Pontiac engines were utilized in GMC pickups and light trucks from 1927 through 1932. 1 and 2-ton vehicles were driven by more powerful and proficient Buick 6 chamber valve-in-head motors.
The 1928 GMC model lineup included: T-11 (˝ t.) and T19 (1 ˝ t.) with Pontiac 36 hp 187 cid
1931 - Chevrolet taxis and front sheet metal were utilized on GMC light and medium models interestingly.
GMC O10-T11 (1933-1938)
1933 GMC Panel
From the left: 1936 GMC, 1950 GMC, 1946 Chevy - Photo by Susan Rissi
1936 GMC Pickup
1937 GMC Pickup
1938 GMC Pickup
The Great Depression resulted in production and sales dropping to new low points. Drastic cuts
were made to reduce operational costs including laying off personnel, and reducing work hours
and pay rates. Departments were reorganized and consolidated to increase efficiency.
No new models were released and only 5,936 trucks were built that year at the lowest point of the
GMC light duty truck production was suspended for 1933 and most of 1934.
GMC AC100 (1939-1940)
1939 GMC Pickup
1940 GMC Panel
In 1939 new light duty AC100 models were announced, covering the full scope of sizes
GMC C and E Series (1941-1946)
1941 GMC Pickup
1942 GMC Pickup
1942 GMC Truck
1943 GMC Truck
1946 GMC Truck
The GMC AK Series light duty truck was first in 1941 until 1947. It utilized the GM A platform which was also marked and sold at Chevrolet dealers, with the essential visual contrast being the Gmc had horizontal grill bars while the Chevrolet had vertical grill bars. GMC models were marketed as C-Series and E-Series for the 1946 and 1947 model years.
GMC New Design (1947-1955)
1947 GMC Pickup
1948 GMC Truck
1950 GMC Pickup
1951 GMC Pickup
1955 GMC Pickup Early 1955
GMC's first major redesign after World War II, the New-Design series was promoted as a bigger, stronger, and sleeker design in contrast with the prior
C and E Series. They became available, June 28, 1947, these trucks were sold with minor changes throughout the years until the
Blue Chip Series trucks were announced March 25, 1955 replacing the dated New-Design model.
A similar basic design family was utilized for the majority of its trucks including the canopy express, Suburban, panel trucks, and cab overs. The cab overs utilized similar cab configurations and similar grille however utilized a shorter and taller hood along with different fenders. The Cab Over hood and fenders required a different cowl which makes the Cab Over and normal truck cabs incompatible with each other while all truck cabs of all weights are interchangeable.
GMC Blue Chip Series (1955-1959)
1955 GMC Pickup
1956 GMC Pickup
1957 GMC Pickup
1958 GMC Pickup
1959 GMC 4x4 Pickup
The Blue Chip Series was GMC's successor to the New Design trucks. The Blue
Chip Series ran from late 1955 (second series) through 1959.
The 1955 second series offered standard options and add-ons such as 12-volt electrical systems, the first V8 (the 265 cubic inch), and fleet-side six-, seven-, and eight-foot length beds.
Pontiac Powered, similar to the Chevrolet Task-Force trucks
GMC C/K Series (1960-1998)
The C/K was Chevrolet and GMC's full-size pickup truck line from October 1959 until 2000 in the United States and Canada, from 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and from 1975 to 1982 in Chile. The first Chevrolet pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. "C" indicated two-wheel drive and "K" indicated four-wheel drive. The aging C/K light-duty pickup truck was replaced with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra names in 1999.
Half–, three-quarter– and one-ton trucks, featuring Sierra, Sierra Grande, High Sierra, and Sierra Classic trim lines
GMC C/K first generation (1960–1966)
1960 GMC Pickup
1961 GMC Pickup
1962 GMC Stepside Pickup
1964 GMC Pickup
1966 GMC Pickup
Launched in the fall of 1959, the 1960 model year introduced a new body style of light pick-up truck that featured many firsts. Most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, allowing the cab to sit lower, and independent front suspension, giving an almost car-like ride in a truck. Also new for 1960 was a new designation system for trucks made by GM. Gone were the 3100, 3200, and 3600 designations for short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models. Instead, a new scheme assigned a 10, 20, or 30 for 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton models
GMC C/K second generation (1967–1972)
1967 GMC C20 Pickup
1969 GMC C1500 Pickup
1970 GMC Pickup
1971 GMC C1500 Pickup
1972 GMC C1500 Pickup
A new, more modern look came in 1966 for 1967, along with a new nickname: "Action Line". It was with this revision of the C/K truck that General Motors began to add comfort and convenience items to a vehicle line that had previously been for work purposes alone.
GMC C/K third generation (1973–1987)
1973 GMC Camper Special
1981 GMC Sierra 1500
1985 GMC Sierra 1500
1986 GMC Sierra 1500
1987 GMC Sierra 1500
An all-new clean sheet redesign of General Motors' Chevrolet and GMC brand C/K-Series pickups debuted in mid-1972 for the 1973 model year. Development of the new third-generation trucks began in 1968 with vehicle components undergoing simulated testing on computers before the first prototype pickups were even built for real world testing. The redesign was revolutionary in appearance at the time, particularly the cab, departing from typical American pickup truck designs of the era. Aside from being near twins, the Chevrolet and GMC pickups looked like nothing else on the road
GMC C/K fourth generation (1988–1999) GMT400
1988 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup
1995 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup
1996 GMC Sierra 2500 Pickup
1997 GMC Sierra Z71
1998 GMC Sierra Pickup
Planning for the GMT400 began in the early 1980s. After design freeze, production development began in early 1984 and were introduced in April 1987 as 1988 models (known as the GMT400 platform). There were eight different versions of the C/K line for 1988: Fleetside Single Cab, Fleetside Extended Cab, Fleetside Crew Cab, and Stepside Single Cab models, each in either 2WD (C) or 4WD (K) drive-lines. This extended cab was the first to be offered on a GM pickup.
GMC Sierra (1998 - Present)
2000 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain
2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD
2018 GMC Sierra SLT 1500
2019 GMC Sierra Denali
The Chevrolet Silverado, and its mechanically identical cousin the GMC Sierra, are a series of full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors and introduced in 1998 as the successor to the long-running Chevrolet C/K line. The Silverado name was taken from a trim level previously used on its predecessor, the Chevrolet C/K pickup truck from 1975 through 1998. General Motors continues to offer a GMC-badged variant of the Chevrolet full-size pickup under the GMC Sierra name, first used in 1987 for its variant of the GMT400 platform trucks.
The heavy-duty trucks are informally referred to as "Silverado HD" (and Sierra HD), while the light-duty version is referred simply to as "Silverado" (and Sierra).
GMC version of Chevrolet Silverado medium- and heavy-duty pickup
GMC Sprint (1971-1977)
1971 GMC Sprint
1972 GMC Sprint
1973 GMC Sprint
1975 GMC Sprint
1977 GMC Sprint
The GMC Sprint is a coupe utility/pickup that was produced by GMC for the 1971–1977 model years.
GMC Caballero (1978-1987)
1978 GMC Caballero
1980 GMC Caballero
1984 GMC Caballero
1985 GMC Caballero
1987 GMC Caballero
The Sprint was renamed Caballero for the 1978 model year, and produced through 1987. The rear-wheel-drive car-based pickups were sold by GMC Truck dealers primarily in the United States and Canada as the GMC version of the Chevrolet El Camino. Trim designations, emblems, and wheel trim differentiate the GMC from the Chevrolet. The vehicles were built on the GM A platform through 1981; for 1982, it was re-designated the G platform as the A platform switched to front-wheel drive.
GMC S-15 (1982-1991)
1982 GMC S-15 Pickup
1983 GMC S-15 Pickup
1989 GMC S-15 Pickup
1990 GMC S-15
1991 GMC S-15
The GMC S-15 is a compact pickup truck that was produced by GMC. It was the first domestically built compact pickup of the big three American automakers. When it was first introduced as a "quarter-ton pickup" in 1981 for the 1982 model year, the S-15 and renamed the GMC Sonoma
in 1992. A high-performance version was released in 1991 and given the name of GMC Syclone. The pickup was also sold by Isuzu as the Hombre from 1996 through 2000, but only in North America. There was also an SUV version, the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer/GMC S-15 Jimmy. An electric version was leased as a fleet vehicle in 1997 and 1998. Together, these pickups are often referred to as the S-series.
GMC Sonoma (1992-2003)
1992 GMC Sonoma
2000 GMC Sonoma
2001 GMC Sonoma
2002 GMC Sonoma
2003 GMC Sonoma
In North America, the GMC Sonoma was replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Isuzu i-Series in 2004.
GMC Canyon (2004-Present)
2004 GMC Canyon
2005 GMC Canyon
2006 GMC Canyon
2007 GMC Canyon
2012 GMC Canyon Denali
2015 GMC Canyon SLT
2016 GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab 4WD
2017 GMC Canyon Denali
2018 GMC Canyon
2019 GMC Canyon
The Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon, are mid-size pickup trucks marketed by General Motors. They were introduced in 2004 to replace the
GMC S-15 compact pickups.
The Chevrolet Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon were jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu. Isuzu, which participated in the design process, began selling its own version worldwide in 2002. In late 2005, Isuzu offered a version in North America called the Isuzu i series. This North American model Isuzu shared North American power trains, styling, and equipment with the Colorado/Canyon twins and differed from Isuzu's worldwide offering. All Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu versions worldwide are based on the GMT355
1941 GMC Suburban Woodie
1946 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1948 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
1951 GMC Suburban Woodie
GMC traces its history to the 1902 founding of the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company in Pontiac, MI. In 1909 William C. Durant gained control of Rapid Motor Vehicle Company and made it a subsidiary of his General Motors Company. In 1908 Durant gained control of Reliance Motor Car Company, another early commercial vehicle manufacturer. In 1911 General Motors formed the General Motors Truck Company and folded Rapid and Reliance into it.
GMC Canopy Express (1920s-1955)
1951 GMC Canopy Expres
1954 GMC Canopy Expres
A Canopy express is a light-duty cargo van based on the chassis of a panel truck. Canopy express vehicles have open display areas behind the driver's seat commonly used for peddling vegetables and fruit, but also used for other kinds of deliveries that require easy access, such as newspapers and radio equipment.
Canopy express trucks evolved as a more stylized version of standard pickup trucks that contained open canopies installed over the pickup bed. They were built by Dodge, General Motors, and International Harvester as well as other manufacturers. Ford Canopy Express trucks were merely aftermarket conversions of their existing panel trucks.
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