I nearly lost control of my car when I saw this old Cargostar parked at the NYS Thruway garage in Syracuse. Some may find this crazy but being partial to Internationals I consider this quite the catch. At first glance the Cargostar appears to be a Thruway truck but actually bears the seal of the New York State Canal Corporation.For your daily civic lesson the Canal Corporation is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Erie Canal system in NYS. It is quite amazing that this truck has not been upgraded for a new model in the past 30 years. Maybe the Canal Corp is thrifty or just the runt of the litter when it comes to government agencies in NY.
The Cargostar can trace it’s roots back to 1963 when a cabover version of the Loadstar begain production. In 1973 the Cargostar became a unique model and contiuned production until 1986.
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