There once was a time when GM offered a complete lineup of trucks that reached from pickups to Class 8 big rigs. As the decades passed competition became fierce and little by little GM retreated from the market place. By the late 80’s the only “heavy” truck left on the commercial roster was the Topkick/Kodiak. By the time the trucks below entered production it was clear GM no longer had the desire or vision to compete with the other exclusive medium duty truck builders like International and Freightliner. In 2009 production ceased after deals with two potential buyers (Isuzu and Navistar) collapsed.
I never found the final generation of 4500/5500 truck to be all that attractive but for some reason I was drawn to this tow truck. This has to be the longest wheelbase Chevy C6500 I have ever seen. It belongs to Roosevelts Towing and Recovery.
Following the towing theme here is the rebadged brother of the C6500 wrecker wearing a Jerr-Dan rollback. I believe this truck belongs to Walt’s Automotive Service.
Some will argue that these rigs represent a depressing and sad end to a line of trucks that had so many great nameplates and configurations. They are probably right but sometimes you have to love the one you’re with.