International A-100
International 1957 A-100
International 1957 A-100 pickup at American Truck Historical Society show, Kirkland Ranch, Plymouth, California, 2001
Manufacturer International Harvester Co.
Introduced date mid-1957
Discontinued date 1958
Preceding model S-100
Superseded by B-100
Capacity tons/GVW/GCW ½-ton, 4200 lb GVW
Make International
Model Black Diamond BD-220 (optional BD-240, BD-264)
Fuel gasoline
Cooling water
Cylinders 6
Displacement ci / L 221 ci (240, 264 optional)
Power HP @ rpm 112 @ 3800 (141 @ 3800, 154 @ 3800 optional)
Gearbox make (model) International
Gearbox type syncromesh
Gears (forward speeds) 3 (overdrive, 4-speed, 3-speed automatic optional)
Axles & drive
Wheels/drive 4x2
Tires standard/optional 6.70-15 4-ply / 7.10-15 6-ply
Shipping weight 3460 lb
List price $1905
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In the spring of 1957, International replaced the S-series with the A-series. The all new A-cab was much more modern than the S-cab, (which was based on the 1950 L-cab). The A-series cab was mounted much lower and did away with external running boards. The large windshield wrapped around to meet the vertical A-pillars. The A-series model range was the same as the S-series range, and the range of powertrains was the same except that the powerful Black Diamond 264 was newly optional in the A-100 to A-130 models. International advertised it as the six with the performance of a V8 because it equaled the power of the Chevrolet 265 V8.

The A-100 series was made up of the 4200 lb GVW A-100 and 5000 lb GVW A-102. To celebrate its 50th year as a motor vehicle manufacturer International produced a special Golden Jubilee Custom Pickup on the A-100 chassis. The Custom pickup bed was one of the first true wide-body (fenderless) pickup boxes. (The 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier was a fiberglass covering over the fenders of the standard narrow box.) The Golden Jubilee sported a very attractive gold and white two-tone paint job.

International 1957 A-100 Golden Jubilee

International 1957 A-100 Golden Jubilee pickup

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References / sourcesEdit

  • Crismon, Frederick W. (1995). International Trucks. Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin.
  • Mroz, Albert (1996). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks and Commercial Vehicles. Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin.

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