1916 GMC Stake Truck- K 16 Closed Cab Produce and Advertising
What will YOU use it for?
Our seller purchased this rare and unusual truck over twenty-five
years ago for an eye-catching advertisement for their Produce
business. It lived indoors amongst the fresh fruit and produce
while delighting customers in their market after a beautifully done
cosmetic restoration. A true Woodworking craftsman spent untold
numbers of hours restoring and finishing the woodwork as you can
see. The drivetrain is a newer GM 4 cylinder, it ran was driven
short distances when they purchased it. It is not currently running
and has not run for many years because it was parked inside the
market with the fuel system completely drained and the ability to
start disabled because of the building code requirements. So many
potential uses include promotional and advertising, parades and
celebrations, large family gatherings, pumpkin patch and hayrides,
or simply an interesting conversation starter in your collection.
It has a clear Michigan title as a 1916 GMC Stake Truck VIN
Some history on the GMC from the GM archives:
1916 On October 13, General Motors Corporation was incorporated in
Delaware. The General Motors Company of New Jersey was dissolved.
On June 1, W. C. Durant returned as President of GM. W. W. Shaw
Corp. was set up as a holding company for Yellow Cab Co. and
designed and built a car for taxicab service. The British used a
number of GMC model 15 trucks in World War I service in 1916-1917.
Also, the US Army used several model 15 trucks in the Mexican
campaign in pursuit of Pancho Villa. The Villistas may have stolen
one of those GMCs as it appears in a photo with Villa and some of
his men. On July 10, 1916, William Warwick, accompanied by his
wife, began driving a 1916 GMC model 31 1�-ton truck across the US
from Seattle to New York. They covered 3,640 miles in 31 days
running time hauling a one-ton load of Carnation canned milk. Later
they returned to Seattle by a southern route, leaving New York on
October 9th and arriving in Seattle on January 31st, 1917. During
the return trip, they also climbed Pike's Peak. The total round
trip mileage was 9,513 with no mechanical problems on the truck.
These new models were announced: 16 (�-t.) and 21 (1-t.) had shaft
drive with bevel axle gears. 70 (3�-t.) and 100 (5-t.) had chain
drive and 71 (3�-t.) and 101 (5-t.) had shaft drive with worm axle
gears. All had Continental 4-cylinder L-head engines. GMC model 16
was chosen for the Class AA standard �-ton truck by the US Army for
the duration of World War I.
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