I’ll admit: I never expected to feature an Isuzu NPR commercial truck on StanceWorks. This site has taken us to the corners of automotive enthusiasm; however, the realm of custom haulers is one we’ve only lightly touched upon. While modified ramp trucks and tow rigs are far from uncommon, using Isuzu’s NPR chassis to build something one-off isn’t something I’d suggest is on the average man’s mind.
Photography by Keith Ross
For most, it’s clear that in the ’50s and ’60s, the Big Three were on to something. From the towering fins perched atop Cadillac fenders, to the tiered, rolling hoods of classic Chevy trucks, the automotive design language of the time was unparalleled, and has since left us with a truly special and eclectic collection of classics, many waiting for their chance at a second life.
“It’s a Japanese El Camino!” he jokes from across the parking lot. Even Dominic Le doesn’t take his project too seriously. After all, there’s just something about his truck, dubbed the “Hakotora,” that induces a smile with a sense admiration. Maybe it’s Dominic’s carefree character that has managed to rub off on his creation, or perhaps its a reaction based in astonishment itself: astonishment that such a creation can exist, and does so with unparalleled execution.
Words and Photography by Riley Stair
“How do we become the people we are today?” This is a question I ask myself often.
Photography by Curtis Pogue
The “Pickup Truck” is as American as baseball and the cheese burger. It is as American as our flag itself. KC’s personal example shows what truly came of the American Pickup once it reached its prime. From the subtleties to the obvious, his 1934 Dodge 1-Ton Pickup is definitively true to its origins.
The pickup truck was born in 1925 with the introduction of Henry Ford’s “Model T Runabout with a Pickup Body.