The first few times I heard it I thought it was pretty weird. It still sounds odd to me, but it's becoming routine for people to call my car a truck. "I sure like that old truck," the lady said yesterday in the parking lot. And it's not just my roadster. I've heard the same phenomenon with coupes and tourings, even from gray heads who are old enough to know better. Anybody else run into this?
Senility is wasted on the Grays and Blondes.
I get that with my Runabout fairly often too. After doing a Santa Clause parade, I watched a re run of the parade on TV. As my car came into view of the people doing the commentary, the young lady said, "Ohh look at this old school truck".
Mine was a car now is a PU!
In Nova Scotia I get 'truck' quite often and sometimes even 'jeep'. I thought it was quite odd and local but did not realize it happens all over.
My 16 touring was called a Jeep once! My very elderly neighbour lady used to call it a buggy, and was always up for a short ride. She had her last "buggy" ride about a year ago. Sadly she passed away earlier this year.
Kind of goes along with the year thing I run across. State '63 Chevy and everyone ads on the 19 and gets 1963 Chevy. Say '32 Ford and no problem with a response of 1932 but say '15 and the response is "ugh" with a blank look.
My wife uses the "it is not a truck" against me all the time.
I had a Chevy S10 pickup with non commercial plates.
The toll on the Tobin Bridge going into Boston was $1.00 for non-commercial vehicles and $1.50 for commercial vehicles.
A little Asian girl at the toll booth said dollar fifty.
I said no it should be a dollar.
She said it is a truck.
Frustrated I said this is not a truck, meaning non-commercial, and she just stared at me.
I paid the $1.50 and as we drove off my wife said "This is not a truck? What is it?"
She reminds me of it on regular basis.
So your car could be a truck or your truck could be a car,.
My hack could be a car but if I take the seats out I could enter it in the truck show and most people would not have a clue.
Steve, that is a great picture.
To answer your question Steve, yes.
My touring was cut off and made into a truck, but still retains its front car half.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
When looking for an oil filter for the wife's Chev mini-van it comes up under Chevrolet truck.
My staff and customers always call my Ford Explorer a truck. Makes no sense to me. It's an SUV
Most SUV and minivan vehicles are built on truck chassis, therefore they are all considered trucks.
If they are licensed as trucks, they are trucks.
I have had people call my '29 Nash four door sedan a Jeep.
I have had little kids tell me, "That car (T touring) can fly can't it?" I always explain about Chity chity bang bang and movies.
I have had my '26 Ford touring called an old Army truck. Not many times though.
One guy asked what war it was built for. I told him for the war between Ford and Chevrolet.
At least he didn't ask me if I bought it new.
When my Nash had about a 3 year old paint job an older lady got really mad because I wouldn't tell her the dirty little secret of how the paint stayed so nice all those years.
I pointed out two paint and body shops to her but she would not believe it was not original paint.
Just drove away in a huff.
Took the TT out for a long run today - about 60 miles - along the way, someone told
me what a nice car it is. I had a half cord of firewood and a 24' ladder on the back,
along with the usual crossarm. I guess it just looks like a car to some ???
Some folks refer to smaller trucks as cars.
I will tell people I had to park me car at a certain place or I left my car there when I am driving my pickup.
Anyway, there are hand cars, freight cars, trolley cars, box cars, mining cars and passenger cars.
Why can't a four wheeled motorized wagon be called a car?
Is an El Camino a car or a truck? How about a Ranchero? So from down-under I hear some one say, "They are each a Ute".
The Germans call a truck LKW-last kraft wagon or load craft wagon. a car is a PKW-personen kraft wagon. People craft wagon. They are both wagons.
Her they really are both cars,!?
I think height has a lot to do with it nowadays. If you can stand and look across the roof, it's a car. If not it's a truck. I always had trouble calling an El Camino or Ranchero a truck, even when I knew full well that they were. The day will come when someone asks if my T is a crossover. I will answer yes, it will cross over a river bed nicely.
Nice photo, Steve. _My car has been accused of being all kinds of things including a Rolls Royce and I guess I've probably heard "truck" a few times, too.
A rich family down the road from me has a polo field and often hosts high level matches. Once when the Austin Ferrari club was invited, one of their motorists stopped by my farm as I had my blue 1910 Hupp runabout outside. It is low slung and racy but has no maker ID on it. As he stepped out of his knee high red Ferrari he asked me about my little runabout. "Oh, it's a 1910 Lamborghini " I deadpanned. Boy, was he impressed when he revealed a very limited knowledge of Italian sports cars.
In 1910, Lamborghini swept the truck classes at all major events. Everyone knows that !
Wasn't it Enzo Ferrari that said Bently made some fast trucks?
I have had people start to argue with me when I told the my '29 Nash was not a Rolls Royce. Even had a couple of folks ask if my '48 Nash was a Rolls.
I think in some cases it has to do with where the person came from. In some countries the cars were all VW bug size or smaller except for big shot shots, and they had a Rolls.
Even Europeans are sometimes shocked that we had large cars back in the twenties and thirties. They thought we all rode horses until Europe sent us cars.
I remember a tourist (older guy) from Italy that happened upon an antique car show in San Jose about 25 years ago.
He was shocked to find out we had old cars too.
Aaron, I always heard it was Ettore Bugatti who said Bentley made the world's fastest lorries (that's Brit-speak for trucks).
I think Gilbert is right, it was Bugatti that said that.
Anybody know where the word lorrie came from?
Or is it lorry?
What about Dickie seat? Why do the call it a dicky seat? Was it because Dickie had to ride back there?
noun, plural lorries.
1. Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
2. any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
3. a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
Origin of lorry
1830-40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug
I've had our '18 Touring and our '29 Town Sedan both called trucks. And I've had my '22 TT called a car. It baffles me.
As for SUV's. I typically don't use that term. When they first came out, they were indeed very similar to a truck. Think Bronco. I have no problem calling a Bronco a truck. Then came the Explorer (The SUV kind, not the P/U Truck, but given that Ford used that name, don't you think they were still considering it a truck?), and the line got a little blurred, but they were still on a truck chassis. But no longer and they have shrunk 'em down so much, they are about useless as a truck and most look more like a minivan. Guess that's what they call "Cross overs" now?
Frankly I liked it when there were cars and trucks and there weren't all these specialty names and such.
I know what you mean Hal.
I liked it when gals had long hair and wore skirts while men had short hair and wore pants.
Now days I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference.
And then there's our local confusamatron who, although as pasty and white as an albino
cave dweller, had fanagled her way to the top slot of the local NAACP with a lot of "hair work"
and tanning dyes !
Outed, she went on a brief media blitz, explaining that she "identified" as a black woman.
So, let me get this straight .... If I were to tell everyone I was a maple tree or a reindeer, I am
not a nutter, but instead, everyone needs to "respect" me AS a reindeer or maple tree and I
should get some media awards for being so "brave" !
I think you've got it, Burger.
Yea that is the new excuse people are going to give for shooting a doe out of season.
"Well, what if it always wanted to be a buck but never got to be? At least it got shot as though it were a buck so it was able to be a buck for the last few seconds of it's life".