Canopy express

A Canopy express (also known as a huckster truck[1]) 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.[2][3]

A 1953 blue Canopy Express from Chevrolet, loaded with fruits and veg
1953 Chevrolet 3100 Canopy Express

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.

As the United States became more suburbanized after World War 2, sales of canopy express vehicles declined. Dodge ceased production of these trucks in 1948,[citation needed] while GM offered the last of them in 1955.[4]

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  1. ^ Montville, John (Third Quarter 1981). "Commercial Vehicles Between the Wars". Automobile Quarterly. Vol. 19 no. 3. pp. 304–317.
  2. ^ O'Clair, Jim. "1933 Chevrolet Canopy Express". www.hemmings.com. Hemmings Motor News.
  3. ^ Chaiken, Mike (23 November 2019). "Your Chevy 3100 Canopy is waiting just around the corner". Wheels.
  4. ^ Matras, John (December 1995). "Chevrolet Trucks: Working for Their Living". Automobile Quarterly. Vol. 34 no. 4. pp. 42–53.