Classic Chevrolet C10 Truck Review

Oct 21, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Among the classic trucks you can still find today, the Chevrolet C10 remains one of the most popular. This model was introduced in 1967 and ran until 1972. Every year offers something for classic truck buyers. The C10 was part of the C/K Series of full-size pickup trucks from General Motors; while the K Series had four-wheel drive, the C Series had two-wheel drive. The C10 was the half-ton model while its larger cousins were the C20 and the C30. More comfortable and refined than the previous generation with durable materials and a handsome style, these trucks are an excellent choice for collectors and enthusiasts.

Fleetside or Stepside


1967 Chevrolet C10 / Fast Lane Cars

There were two main types of C10s: Fleetsides and Stepsides. Stepside trucks with were work trucks with long beds that weren’t known for their style. However, Fleetside models had a more popular look with a 6.5-foot or 8-foot-long bed. Because Fleetside models have always been more popular, they are much easier for you to find. In fact, they were even more popular during production, meaning that every production year saw more Fleetsides than Stepsides, particularly the last three years. You are also much more likely to find a Fleetside version of the Chevrolet C10 with plenty of features.

Design


1971 Chevrolet C10 / American Dream Machines

The C10 is perhaps the most popular of the Chevrolet pickups from 1967 to 1972, but it shares many features with the other sizes available at the time. You will notice rounded corners with gentle transitions between panels. Inside, older models may still have wall-to-wall carpeting and bucket seats. The front suspension was a GM “Girder Beam” with a thick cross-member that resembles a girder and connects the usual coil spring arrangement to the lower and upper control arms, spindles, and ball joints. The original models had a coil-spring rear suspension featuring heavy-duty trailing arms. The improved rear springs resulted in a car-like feel (compared to passenger cars from the era) on tougher roads. Of course, you may still find a C10 with auxiliary leaves and springs. Despite the general quality of the manufacturing, you do need to be careful about rust on any C10 you buy from this era. This is particularly true due to the double-wall construction of the Fleetside boxes and the cabs that let dirt and moisture hide inside. Inspect any potential purchase thoroughly.

Models


1967 Chevrolet C10 by Rustam / WheelsAge

If you want a C10 that doesn’t look as much like a traditional truck, then try to find a 1967 or 1968 version. While not as distinctive as earlier trucks from the 1950s and 1960s, these models still had a timeless and smooth appearance known as the “Action Line.” The hood sloped back by the leading edge, and the front featured an open grille design. The cab and bed were well-proportioned. In 1969, the C10 became more aggressive with its hood becoming more upright and adorned with the Chevrolet “bowtie.” The last redesign in 1971 is the most modern, and some enthusiasts consider the 1971-1972 models to be among the best trucks ever built. Regardless, each model has a timeless and unassuming grace combined with unquestioned quality and power.

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