1959-International-Harvester-B162

Here’s a beautiful, hard-working 1959 International Harvester B162 dump truck from a farm in Valparaiso, Nebraska!

The B-line International trucks, introduced in 1959,  were a continuation of the successful  A-series, introduced in 1957.

With  Gross Vehicle Weight ratings ranging from 4,200 to 33,000 lb, these sturdy heavy haulers were up to the task of farm work without flinching!

The 1959 B series was the first to feature V8 engines – 304 and 345 cubic inches. This big guy has International’s Diamond series inline six cylinder engine that was rugged, dependable and thrifty – all great attributes for farm use.

The International was very stylish for the latter half of the 1950’s, and for a work truck, this was a very attractive truck for the period.

These old farm trucks are really gaining in popularity as their smaller, 1/2 ton counterparts have become quite pricey.

Even though the interior and exterior need work, this old dude has great “bones” and could really be a great start to a long-term International relationship!

Here’s another International B Series truck – this one a half-ton. Not sure what year it is but looks to be late 1950’s.

International Harvested B Series

Now, the big question here – why would anyone want to have a working dump truck as a collectible?

I can think of several reasons.

  1. Cost – while the hot collectible trucks (Chevies of the 1950’s – 1970’s) soar in value, many collectors are being priced out of the market. These old farm trucks are initially less desirable and can be had for a very nice price.
  2. They’re simple and tough. These old Internationals are long-lasting and are not finicky to keep running and driving. Mechanical parts are plentiful and cheap – and you can count on these old guys to fire up when you’re ready to go.
  3. You’ll be the hit among your friends by having a truck that can move an entire apartment in one load! Think of all the parties you’ll be invited to once people figure out what you’ve got!

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Thanks to fotosleuth for the use of the image!