As highways began to improve in the 1920’s and 30’s, it became more viable to ship cars from the factory directly to dealers by truck rather than by rail as had been the custom. Detroit businessman Eugene Casaroll was one of the first to recognize this opportunity and, by the time our photos were taken, his company had become one of the main contractors for Chrysler. Most of the car carriers in this post are from the A.S.I. fleet, but we have included a few others to show some of the different trailer styles that were used. All of the automobiles in these photos are Chrysler Corporation built products.
A.S.I. Dodge Rigs in Detroit – An Eastern Auto Forwarding Dodge with a Whitehead & Kales trailer – A Dodge tractor with an A.S.I.-built trailer
The postwar boom years allowed Casaroll to indulge his other automotive interests. He sponsored Championship Series cars and Indianapolis 500 entries from 1946 to 1954, having his best result in that last year when Troy Ruttman and Duane Carter finished fourth and fifteenth respectively in the Memorial Day classic. He is perhaps best known for the Dual-Ghia, the exclusive Chrysler-based personal luxury car that he was able to develop and sell largely due to his success with A.S.I.
Other companies like Cassens also got in on the ground floor, but a concerted effort by the railroads to recapture a portion of the business in the 1960’s made for lean times for some haulers and their numbers were thinned out. Today, railroads handle most of the long distance domestic work, with trucks generally not running more than a few hundred miles at most. You’ll find more than 100 pages of trucks, buses and equipment on The Old Motor. Today’s photos courtesy of Dick Copello.