SHARP TRUCK READY FOR WORK / PLAY, ORIGINAL 350 V8, AUTO, AC, PS/FRT DISCS, COOL
Pickup trucks may very well be this generation's muscle cars. V8 power, rear-wheel-drive, rugged mechanicals, and inexpensive to purchase and upgrade, they're great vehicles that open a lot of opportunities for the hobbyist. This 1976 Chevrolet C10 pickup is a great example, with a few muscle car-like upgrades and a lot of style for a bargain-basement price.
If you want a truck that's both stylish and practical, the long bed/regular cab combination is what you should be looking for. Sturdy, maneuverable, and relatively light on its feet, it puts traditional performance into a manageable package that you can use every day, but that 8-foot bed offers arguably better proportions and the ability to haul just about anything. The flashy two-tone blue paint job was finished not too long ago, so it looks fantastic and is obviously a decent respray that was surely not cheap. The bodywork looks great no matter where you look, with just a few touch-ups here and there and a few signs that it has been used, you know, as a pickup truck. C10s are popular with collectors thanks to their square-jawed good looks, and this one is no exception, with that familiar grille and just the right amount of brightwork, most of which appears to have been replaced at some point, including the front bumper with its accessory fog lamps, a set of bed rails, and a tool box behind the cab.
The interior is an instant flashback to the '70s, with a wide bench seat upholstered in comfortable blue cloth that looks reasonably upscale without diluting the truck's authentic look. It's original, so it's a little worn, but replacement covers are cheap and easy to install if that's where you want to go. There's a full array of gauges for the driver, all of which are functional save for the clock, and it's all wrapped in an attractive "camera case" dash that adds a no-nonsense look. The plush carpets show only modest wear and a modern AM/FM stereo head unit. Accessories like A/C, a tilt wheel, and power steering and brakes all add a bit of luxury. Overall, the feel inside is of a vehicle you could jump in and drive cross-country without any issues.
Numbers matching isn't critical on trucks like this, but it's always nice when you find one still sporting its original engine. This is a 350 cubic inch V8, which delivers entertaining performance in the lightweight pickup truck body. It looks quite stock, so obviously they were careful to keep factory equipment intact wherever possible, and even the original air cleaner and valve covers are still in place. There's evidence of regular maintenance such as a new water pump and it runs superbly with a great rumble from the custom-built dual exhaust system. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and 12-bolt rear end are reliable parts of the powertrain that are heavy-duty enough for life in a pickup truck, so don't be afraid to put it to work now and then. A set of factory rally-style wheels with black centers and fat 235/75/15 Goodyear Wrangler radials enhance the heavy-duty look.
Great as a daily driver, an affordable work truck, or maybe even a future collectable, this pickup still has a lot to offer, not the least of which is V8 fun. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Numbers Matching
- Air Conditioning
- Cloth Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Front Disc Brakes
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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