Posts from ‘Commercial Vehicles’
by Jack Stewart
Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Joseph Hornacek of Rochester Hills, Michigan, is certainly a man of good humor. He’d have to be, considering that he purchased a disassembled and incomplete barn-find Ford Model A truck and turned it into the pristine vehicle you see here. He needed some of that upbeat mood, plus patience and skill, to see a difficult 10-year restoration through to the end.
The primary difference between the manufacturing of police cars and the building of ambulances is amount of work done by the automaker itself.
For decades, the humble sedan dominated the world of law enforcement. When someone said, “police car,” odds are you pictured a full-size black-and-white sedan.
“Built like a Mack Truck” has long been part of the American vernacular, and Mack’s Bulldog trademark is an internationally recognized symbol of quality and toughness.
Blame the minivan. Prior to the 1984 arrival of the first minivans–the ground-breaking Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager–the vehicle options for a family of six were fairly limited.
For years, Cadillac had a death grip on the funeral-vehicle market. While statistics are elusive, it’s safe to say that through the most of the Nineties, Caddy was the dominant player in the last-ride game.
Class: Comericial Vehicles
Miles Driven: 451
Fuel Used: 18.09 gallons
Spurred by the success of Ford’s Transit Connect and the various versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram tapped its Fiat partner for a couple of commercial vans of its own. Both the big ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City were already being sold overseas when they adopted Ram badges a couple of years ago. Notable is that both are front-wheel drive, both are of unibody construction, and both are also offered in chassis-cab configurations “over there”; yet only the ProMaster’s has been sent stateside … so far.