The Chevrolet Task Force was Chevrolet’s successor to the Advance Design trucks. The Task Force Series ran from late 1955 through 1959. At GMC locations, it was called the Blue Chip Series.
When the Task Force took over the lineup, the body was redesigned with the truck industry’s first wrap around windshield — and optional wrap around rear window for Deluxe cab models. The fenders featured single headlights and a one-piece emblem. For the first time in GM history, trucks were available with power steering and power brakes. The electrical system got an upgrade to 12 volts. 1955 was also the only year for the 7 foot long bed.
|New 1956 Chevrolet Task Force Trucks|
During 1956, much of the prior year’s design carried over, with the exception of a wider hood emblem. This would be the last year an egg crate grille was found on a Chevy truck. In 1957, the trucks would get the more open grille, and it was only found on this year. The hood was flatter and had two spears at the top, similar to the ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Emblems went from script to oval shaped.
|1958 Chevrolet Pickup Models 3204 and 3604|
For the first time, the fleetside (aka straight side) bed became available in 1958. The front end was also significantly redesigned for this year. The light duty trucks had a new name - Apache - medium duty trucks went by Vikings, and Spartan was the name for heavy-duty trucks. These trucks now had four headlights and a shorter, wider grille which covered the whole width of the front end. The parking lights were moved behind the grille, which was similar to the 1955-1956 models. This was the first year factory air conditioning was found in a Chevy truck. Few changes were made for 1959 — just a larger hood emblem and new fender badging.