Roadster utility

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A Roadster utility is an automobile with an open-topped roadster body and a rear cargo bed. The concept is similar to that of the coupe utility which combines a closed coupe body with a rear cargo bed.[1] The style was common in Australia prior to World War II[1] and was revived by Ford Australia in 1953 for its Ford Popular Roadster Utility.[2]

In the United States this body style was called a Roadster Pickup and was popular during the 1920s and early 1930s, some surviving as restored vintage cars or 'jalopy' relics of curiosty. Several manufacturers like Ford or Dodge offered it as standard models in their commercial vehicle catalogues.

Chevrolet at Camden Show, NSW


  1. ^ a b Larry O'Toole, The Good Old Aussie Ute, 2000, page 6
  2. ^ The History of Ford in Australia, Norm Darwin, 1986, page 101

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