I’ve decided I need to redo my story. Plus the old topic was getting…old.
In the Beginning (1942-1949)
Backstory and Rado Trucks Inc.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, to build trucks for the US army the company Rado Trucks Inc. was founded.
Run by John Jake Rado (1903-1995) and Sam Johnson (1911-1984) the company built trucks for the US Government in WW2. These trucks weren’t so popular in the US army, but US citizens realized that these trucks would be perfect for hobbyists and farmers.
Rado Trucks 100 (1942-1945)
Featuring a 2.8l Inline-6 engine making 70 hp and 116 ft-lbs of torque the car would go from 0 to 62 mph in 21 seconds and hit a top speed of 79.5 mph. It came standard with a transfer case and lockable differentials front and rear.
Rado Automotive Incorporated
In September 1945, WW2 ended. As a result the contract by Rado to supply trucks to the US army was broken and the stockpile was sold off for private use (The US army disliked the trucks) With the 2 co-founders realizing the situation, they founded Rado Automotives Inc.as a sub-company of Rado Trucks Inc. In 2 years they developed the Rado I sedan.
Rado I (1946-1956)
The Rado I launched as the Rado 1200 Sedan. Featuring a 1.2l DAOHC I4 making 45 hp and 59 ft-lbs of torque the Rado 1200 Sedan was noted for offering luxuries like padded seats and an AM radio for cheap. It launched at a price of 7710 Automation Units in 1946. It went to 62 in 19.3 seconds with a top speed of 86 mph.
Rado L (1947-1981)
Rado soon decided it needed a true upscale offering, and the Rado L delivered it.
Featuring a 3.6l Inline-6 engine making 125 hp and 204 ft-lbs of torque the Rado L went to 62 mph in 13.4 seconds with a top speed of 108 mph. It also featured a premium interior and AM radio and luxuries like Safety Glass. It also featured Suicide doors and much less chrome than it’s rivals. It was priced at 9833 Automation Units in 1947.