We’ve featured COE’s here on Rat Rods before and they continue to come out of the woodwork. If you aren’t familiar with Cab-Over-Engines, they were developed to increase cargo capacity as restrictions for commercial vehicle overall lengths started to become stricter. Over the years, their exaggerated features have become popular with collectors who want something a little out of the box. Take this 1956 for example. While the grille looks the same as a regular F100 from the same year, the hood height is dramatically increased and the cab sits much higher. This one can be found here on eBay with a requested opening bid of $5,000 and a buy-it-now price of $6,500. Located in Audubon, Minnesota, there are currently no bids. With only one day left on the auction, I have a feeling this one will be re-posted again. Let’s take a closer look and let us know what you think.
Overall, this truck looks very original. There is no information in the ad regarding the history of the truck, but judging from the photos, it looks complete and untouched. Obviously, the upholstery needs addressing, but the rest of the interior looks decent.
The engine is a V8 but the ad doesn’t say what it measures. There were several options for 1956 from 239 up to 390 cubic inches. I would assume the heavy-duty trucks like this one received a larger engine than its half-ton cousins?
Here you can see just how dramatic the wheelbase is on this particular truck. I think it’s almost as tall as it is long. While the short frame won’t be great for a car hauler or roll-back, it would make for a cool hot rod or rat rod. What do you think?