Welcome to Libertytruck.org!
In 2008, the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL acquired a 1918 Standardized Class-B Military Truck, better known as a “Liberty Truck.” Looking to restore one of the earliest military vehicles in our fleet and within the history of the Army, the First Division Museum joined a small handful of select museums and private collectors to tackle such an ambitious project. Considered to be the Army’s first standardized motor vehicle, the Liberty Truck helped set the stage for both the mechanization of the military and the standardization of military vehicles.
After nearly 11 years and lots of hard work from volunteers, automotive experts and professional restoration experts, the First Division Museum managed to turn 8 parts trucks into one of the most accurately restored running examples of the truck that survives anywhere in the world. To date, only 5 are known to be in running condition. We are proud to be the owners of such a unique piece of history and continue to share its story.
Since the completion of our second-series Liberty Truck’s restoration in 2018, we have continued to use the blog as a mouth piece for updates regarding our truck and the museum. We are also dedicated to acting as a focal point for the many years of research we have had to do in regards to this rare bird; sharing history, photos, technical data, and all other things Liberty truck! We hope you enjoy our site and come back for our regular posts on all sorts of subjects surrounding the one and only Standardized Class-B Military Truck. Feel free to browse past posts and comment as you desire.
From all of us here at the First Division Museum Historic Motor Pool- Welcome!