Summer Holiday Weekend Edition – Greek Island Trucks

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I recently spent a week on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, Greece. Despite the Finnish summer’s ability to really shine and cuddle with ample warmth, the decision to pack our bags and take a cheap flight to the island nestled close to the Turkish coast was easily made.

This Summer Holiday Weekend Edition, on my part, shows you what I saw; handily, you’ll miss the endless shots of delicious Greek food and drink from my week-long trip, and even cats and dogs will not feature heavily – it’ll be shots of the cars, vans and trucks I saw on my trip.

The first post lets you see some pickup trucks, in their weathered and sun-baked glory.

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The first one to be featured is the first one I saw, at a supermarket parking lot: a mid-to-late 1960s Mazda B1500 truck. The paint on it was like a pair of denim work overalls, and I really like seeing the old Mazda logo.

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I have no problem believing it’s still in regular service. The patina was just perfect.

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Another Mazda pickup truck, seen in the town of Afantou. This is related to the Familias.

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Close to it, I also spotted this Indian-made TATA truck, featuring lots of Mercedes-like design features. That’s down to a technology-sharing deal way back when, a thing proclaimed also by the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star sticker in the windshield.

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This Isuzu truck took shelter under a tree in Gennadi, where we stayed. The town is in the southern part of the island; while Rhodes makes a living out of tourism, the southern half of the island is a lot less crowded and thus a lot nicer to spend time.

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Different bed, same basic truck.

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This Hilux wasn’t the most beaten one I saw, but one I could photograph.

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The honours go to this one – while I saw a Hilux that didn’t have a non-crumpled body panel on it, someone still drove it. This one has been long dead, and it mostly serves as a platform for whatever that is perched on the bed.

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To get the complete aural experience, you need to imagine the constant chittering of crickets and the washing of waves. Probably not hard to conjure, but that soundscape is totally missing here up north. In comparison, Finland is totally silent even in summertime – just the odd bird makes itself known.

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I’ll need identification on this one, photographed on the outskirts of Apollakia. If anything, it’s a rare sighting by now.

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Small Piaggio trucks, in turn, were absolutely commonplace. On the narrow alleys and streets of Lindos, nothing wider would fit. And everything narrower than this would be a motorcycle or a scooter.

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Refreshments? Those are offered from this green Mercedes canteen truck at Prasonisi beach, at the southernmost point of the island.

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This post is finished with this brick red Fiat Fiorino pickup, seen in the mountain town of Monolithos. Judging by the bushes, the little Fiat had been there for a little while now.

[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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10 responses to “Summer Holiday Weekend Edition – Greek Island Trucks”

  1. joedunlap Avatar

    Wonderful post Antti! It provides an interesting look at how the rest of the world moves their stuff around. And doesnt need a lifted F-350 4×4 with truck nuts to get it done.

    1. wunno sev Avatar

      just because they haven't yet discovered truck nutz, doesn't mean they don't need them.

  2. Tomsk Avatar

    You can just make out "CHEVROLET" lettering on the tailgate of the white Isuzu, which is odd because I don't think the Luv was ever offered with that high-sided bed (at least not here in the States).

    1. scoudude Avatar

      The LUV and Isuzu trucks sold in the US had beds made and installed in the US to avoid the chicken tax. Apparently taxing complete imported trucks is quite common hence the locally made beds on most of the trucks seen here. That way it was imported as an incomplete vehicle and the final assembly point was where the bed was installed. Being an IH guy I've seen lots of different beds that were unique to the countries where they were sold. In some cases the beds were shared between brands that didn't otherwise have a connection. The beds on the Chuzus are unusually deep.

  3. junkman Avatar

    Lots of familiar sights in these pics. We spend a lot of time on the island of Crete and these photos could have been very easily taken there. I've got a few pics on my iPhone of old Mazda logos from old trucks around the island. Loved the mention of the ever-present chittering of crickets and washing of waves. Just add the scent of wild thyme wafting in the breeze and, poof, you're there!

  4. Bren Avatar

    I'd argue about the red 'Mazda' POB 5186 – it's a Nissan LDV 1400 (Sunny) pickup – mostly manufactired in South Africa http://www.autowp.ru/pictures/nissan/sunny_truck/

    1. julkinen Avatar

      Good correction, thanks!

  5. macko Avatar

    They are cicadas. Not crickets.

  6. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Nice to see some real trucks being used as real trucks.

  7. Håkbråk Avatar

    The mystery truck is a 1968-1970 Nissan Junior (41) – much rarer than plain rare. Great thread!!!! See here for brochure photos: http://www.earlydatsun.com/nissan41.html

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