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Chevrolet C10, Red, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $16,995.
Although pickups came of age after World War II, they continued to look a lot like their pre-war ancestors until Chevy introduced the C/K pickups in 1960. Equipped with the segment's first independent front suspension and a new drop-center X-shaped frame, the trucks were stylish and attractive rather than simply utilitarian.
This 1966 C10 pickup represents the end of that first generation of C/K pickups, and has been nicely restored and upgraded to create a great cruiser that is still capable of turning heads on the road. It's unlikely that any pickups in 1966 were as vividly, blindingly red as this one is, and surely the bodies were never this carefully assembled, but ultimately, all the brilliant paint does is emphasize what a great-looking truck this is. The pinched waist adds a lot of interest to the long bed sides, and the squared-off wheel openings give it a modern look. Panel gaps are good, even with that giant clamshell hood, and there's a mechanical purity to an early truck like this that you just can't duplicate today. The bed looks like it hasn't done any hard work since the restoration with a beautifully finished oak floor with brightly polished strips. All the original features were retained during the refurbishment, including the exterior tailgate latches, small taillights, and accessory back-up lights. Chrome items, like the bumpers and CHEVROLET name in the tailgate are excellent show-quality pieces.
The basic goodness of the working truck has been retained in the freshened interior. The original bench seat has been covered in original style black vinyl, the floor mat is rubber, and the basic dashboard is painted steel. Door panels, if you can call them that, are simply the inside of the doors, painted bright red to match the exterior. The gauges are surprisingly complete, with a wide speedometer up top and smaller auxiliary gauges underneath, augmented by a column-mounted tachometer for a hot rod look. There's an aftermarket temperature gauge mounted just below the modern Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo system, which has been nicely integrated into the original radio's spot in the dash. A final bit of performance flash comes from the cue ball shifter knob atop the 4-speed manual, which was stolen from a Corvette.
Speaking of Corvettes, the engine is a built 327/365 from a mid-60s Corvette, and compared to the optional 327 that came in these trucks, it has probably double the amount of horsepower. Dressed like it was still living in a fiberglass sports car, the Chevy Orange block sports a set of finned cast aluminum Corvette valve covers, a big 4-barrel carburetor and a chrome air cleaner with a reproduction 327 decal on top. Ram's horn exhaust manifolds handle the spent gasses, while a big radiator up front keeps the hot small block running cool. It cackles through a custom dual exhaust system that ends with a pair of chrome tips just behind the rear wheels. The chassis is very clean, and it's obvious that someone spent a lot of time under there cleaning things up and getting the details right. The rear suspension hangs on coil springs, not clumsy leaf springs, making this hauler feel a lot more civilized on the road. Wheels are 15-inch chrome steelies with baby moon hubcaps wearing fat Firestone radials that really stuff those big wheel wells.
In 1967, Chevrolet brought out a new generation of bolder, more sophisticated trucks, now known as the Glamour Pickups. But if you're looking for a truck that looks great and drives like an oversized Corvette, this 1966 Chevy pickup belongs near the top of your shopping list. Call today!
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