Drive the American Dream
How the step-van style delivery truck has powered the American Dream for over one hundred years.
--a series by Justin Wert
Delivery Trucks, Ice Cream Trucks & Food Trucks
and the American Way of Life, 1900 to the present
We have to say, we love step-vans! For so many reasons.
We love these trucks! These multi-purpose vehicles. Once they were delivery trucks, and then ice
cream trucks, and now they’re food trucks, too.
And we love our particular truck, the Mouth Wide Open food truck: a 1985 Chevy Step-Van P-30,
powered by the last of the carbureted Chevy 350 engines. A simple truck of mechanical beauty.
And with a personality all her own. But more about that later…
The general design of this type of vehicle is practical, well-suited to a variety of purposes. The step-
van delivery truck has powered the American Dream: during and after WWI, throughout the Great
Depression and from WWII to the present. For more than 100 years it has delivered all kinds of
goods and packages to and from American businesses and households.
Want to know more about step-vans as delivery trucks, ice cream trucks and food trucks?
…stay tuned right here. In the weeks and months to come we will post a series of stories
highlighting these vehicles and how they have powered the American Dream.
See you on the street!
--Justin, Keshia and Ian Wert, Mouth Wide Open food truck, Charlottesville VA, since 2012
Pictures from UPS Archives/Huffington Post, Goodhumor.com and Mouth Wide Open LLC