It’s interesting to see this particular International Harvester truck ad (below, I took some liberties above for visual fun) because it’s featuring something that is essentially gone from the American big rig truck market today: the cab-over-engine, short-length truck. These are still popular in Europe, where space is more at a premium, but here in vast, open, roads-vanishing-into-the-hereafter America, we mostly have big trucks with big long hoods and don’t really care about taking up needless space. I think that’s kind of a shame, because I love these designs, especially when, as shown here, you can see how dramatic and strange the proportions really are.
I’ve also heard these aren’t popular here because they’re harder to work on, and I’ve also heard stories about how those tilt-cab trucks, where the whole cab tilts to give engine access, used to be dangerous because in ones with sleeper cabs, you were likely to have a CRT TV come crashing through the windshield when you tilted the cab to get to the engine.
But I don’t think that’d be an issue anymore. Flat screen TVs would just bounce harmlessly off your head!
Seeing that strange narrow truck cab also makes doing something like this near-irresistable:
I know I’ve made speculative drawings like this before, wondering if International decided to adapt one of their cabover truck tractors into a sort of family car. Think of the commanding driving position you’d have! And fording large puddles would be so easy! Also, I bet the ride is just great, especially if you like a lot of pitching in your car trips, for that rowboat on choppy seas feel!