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7 1950 Austin A40: We spotted this art deco-looking English express truck back at the 2000 Barrett-Jackson Auction shindig. In addition to it curvaceous lines and shiny black paint, it had fender skirts, whitewalls and a large cargo box. Standard Catalog of Imported Cars says the A40 sedan, that the 40-horsepower pickup is based on, got 35-mpg. A contemporary book All The World’s Cars 1954 said 28-mpg. If you drive one yourself, please let us know what kind of mileage you're getting.

6 1954-1956 Powell Sport Wagon: The Powell Mfg. Co. of Compton, California, built a small pickup based on pre-owned Plymouth components. It was a vehicle ahead of its time and lasted from only 1954 to 1956. A Phoenix man named Jim Berka, who owned a yellow one, was quoted in the October 1980 issue of SIA as claiming 28-mpg. This truck, seen at Barrett-Jackson 2000, may have been Berka’s.

5 1961 Volkswagen Pickup: The Volkswagen Beetle was popular in the ‘60s and part of its appeal was good fuel mileage. The heavier, boxier, under-powered van didn’t do quite as well on gas. This pickup version was a bit lighter and probably slightly more economical. We would guess that it could give 20 to 25-mpg, if driven well. Note that the only shiny trim on this workhorse is the headlight rings.

4 1960-1966 Ford Ranchero: The Gen I (through 1963) and Gen II  (1964-1966) Falcon Rancheros stressed economy over the performance that later editions emphasized.  When equipped with the basic 170-cid 90-hp inline six, the Falcon delivered 24-mpg in city driving and 30-mpg on the highway. .Not bad combined with the smart car-like styling and 800-pound load capacity.

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