Old Kenworth trucks are collector’s items, sought after by many vintage classic truck enthusiasts.
The older model Kenworths: the W900A, W900B, the old needle nose models, the bullnose and the K100 Kenworth cabover were true classics, in every sense of the word.
The company produces many other models, but these ones were by far the more popular models and the keepers!
They were hard-working trucks in their day.
At the time, I’m not so sure drivers appreciated these trucks for the well-built, solid machines they were…. maybe took them a little for granted.
Nowadays, many truckers are coming to realize that these old Kenworth model trucks, were really some of the best trucks around.
The old model years, from the ’70’s up to the early ’90’s, are being bought up and fully restored to working condition.
These rigs had the simpler diesel engines that were much easier to repair than the modern day motors with all the environmental add-ons, that are causing truck owners, so much grief.
Some of these old Kenworth trucks, all dressed up in their finest, with chrome and restored to the original condition, are the epitome of a ‘real truck’.
The Best Vintage Kenworth Trucks
1952 Kenworth Truck
This old 1952 Kenworth was actually the show piece for Gary Foglio Trucking in Florence, Oregon. Gary runs a log and chip hauling business.
“I was promoted to driving ‘days’ with this company in 1992, as long as I was willing to run this old girl. We were getting busy and needed all of the trucks running to keep up.
This old Kenworth doesn’t look like much, but she was a hard working old truck. She had her original engine, and if I remember correctly, it was a 292 Cummins with a gear driven blower.
The main thing I remember about this truck, was I had to wear ear plugs in order to drive her, she was so loud! Aside from that, she had an Eaton Fuller 13 speed tranny, and an 8 bag air ride suspension.
I also remember that she could smell a hill coming from a mile away and slow down for it. It didn’t matter if it was an up or down grade either!
Unfortunately, this old truck ended her service life in a bad roll over, shortly after I was assigned to another truck.
This Kenworth is actually my favorite truck, and I wish I had her today.
by Mark Sinclair, Roseburg, Oregon
Here are some of the greatest old KW trucks, we’ve ever laid eyes on!