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Todd Dills

1943 Autocar ad

| July 25, 2007

In an antique store in Adamstown, Pa., we found this 1943 magazine advertisement for Autocar, then based not far away in Ardmore. The ad says wartime specialty trucks such as this U.S. Navy tanker are “heralds of increasingly finer Autocar trucks to come.”Today Autocar is based in Indiana and makes only state-of-the-art refuse trucks, its slogan “>Every day is trash day.” Dating from 1897, it’s the oldest automotive brand in continuous production in the United States, and the company website has a nice page for collectors. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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