3 Aug Small pickups are routine sights on American highways. But in the early s, the breed didn't exist. Datsun brought over the very first one back in The Datsun pickup was a tyke that used a tiny 37 hp cc four-cylinder engine and had a hauling capacity of pounds. Full-size American. Rising to the occasion, Chevrolet's Cameo Carrier and its GMC Suburban counterpart were the first pickups to ditch the distinct rear fenders that had been standard pickup fare since the s, in favor of smooth fiberglass flanks for a more carlike appearance. Their exterior was further gussied up with two-tone paint. Experience the first Mercedes-Benz pickup. The X-Class excels on almost every terrain and its progressive design leaves its mark.