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  • It was the last year Chevrolet produced a 4-cylinder engine.
  • Pick-ups were designed for general deliveries, such as farm-to-market, and family transportation.

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Story

By the late 1920s, the automobile was no longer a plaything, but a vital necessity to many Americans.  The automobile industry became the biggest customer of the coal and iron mines, the steel mills, and the plate glass and rubber factories.

Uses of the light pickup, like this 1928 Chevrolet, have not changed much over the years.  They were used in general delivery service, as farm-to-market vehicles, and as useful family transportation.  The 1928 all-purpose Chevrolet trucks were offered in two chassis models; the light delivery and the heavier and more powerful utility truck.  The pickup body was one of several commercial body types offered to prospective buyers by various coachmakers, such as Hercules and Martin-Parry.

The last year of the Chevrolet 4-cylinder engine was 1928 and Chevrolet was already laying plans to command the 1929 low-price field with “A Six for the Price of a Four.”  Preparations for this change were mapped carefully and secretly.  The first move was to increase the length of the 1928 chassis by four inches.  This set the stage for the sensational introduction of the valve-in-head 6-cylinder engine in 1929, Chevrolet’s “cast iron wonder” or “stove bolt six” as it was commonly known.

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