They've got wraparound windows and curves in all the right places.
The General Motors Design social media team never misses a chance to take a trip down memory lane to show us some of the classic GM vehicles penned through the years, as well as the many designs that never made it to production. It was just a few weeks ago that we caught a glimpse of the four-seat Chevrolet Corvette that never got the green light, and now the team has dusted off some classic sketches of Chevy trucks from a bygone era. These designs were completed by the late designer Charles Morrell Jordan - known to many simply as Chuck Jordan - and he was clearly talented.
Some of Jordan's other designs include the 1992-1999 Chevrolet Suburban, the 1994-1999 Cadillac DeVille, and the 1995-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. These much older drawings depict trucks that look very different from the Silverados populating our roads today. They feature old-school design cues like individual headlights, a bubble-shaped passenger compartment with wraparound windows, and lots of shiny chrome in some cases. One of them has an extremely long bed that promises good practicality, although it looks like a sedan from that era that simply had its rear seats and the second half of its roof chopped off.
The liberal use of rounded shapes and curves seems to be the antithesis to the Tesla Cybertruck, an EV that probably has enough sharp edges to be used as a murder weapon in a modern slasher film. These sketches have some similarities to the Chevrolet Task Force trucks that were produced in the late 1950s, known also as the Apache and the GMC Blue Chip Series. At the time, the wraparound windshield was unique within the pickup segment. This period marked the arrival of features like power steering and power brakes on GM trucks for the first time as well. Jordan's work is timeless and classy, making some of today's trucks look as if they're trying too hard, and we're thankful to be able to appreciate it today.