Ready to win some trophies? This 1965 Chevrolet C10 will do it for
you. With a gorgeous frame-off restoration, it's a subtle resto-mod
that skillfully accents all that was great about Chevy's '60s
haulers. And now that you mention it, they do make pretty darned
good cruisers, too.
You want to get noticed, don't go with flames and body mods, do it with skill then paint it bright red. That was obviously the mantra behind this build, which combines impressive craftsmanship and time-consuming attention to detail. Fit and finish are exemplary and if this truck ever spent days out in the field or on the job site, all evidence of it has been completely erased by the build. Instead, the sheetmetal is straight enough to use as a mirror, the red paint makes other red cars in our showroom look faded, and every edge was honed to a sharp crease that reflects light in a most impressive way. Oh, and all the trim remains intact; it's fully restored, but it's all there, glittering against the paint and accenting both the original design and the stance. In particular, the side trim remains as straight as a ruler and shows off a crisp white insert that looks right on the bright red pickup. There's also a freshly restored wooden bed that warms up the stark paint job and offers body-colored rub strips that have yet to see a drop of rain or a piece of cargo. You should probably consider keeping it that way, because it's seriously nice.
They worked the same kind of magic inside, where there's a gorgeous bucket seat setup with late-model chairs and a custom center console. The two-tone leather has a bit of patina that's absolutely ideal for the pickup, a rugged look that was surely done intentionally. Two-tone door panels were created to match, as was the center console, which features a storage compartment, twin cup holders, and a built-in Garmin GPS and back-up camera. The single-pane instrument panel covers only the basics but does it so well that you won't even notice, and that wood-rimmed steering wheel is a cool take on a factory piece. Nicely integrated A/C is a nice addition that makes this truck easy to drive, and the entertainment system is an AM/FM/CD/iPod/satellite stereo with speakers neatly stashed throughout the passenger compartment. It's all just beautifully done.
The fresh 383 cubic inch stroker motor features a Holley 4-barrel carburetor on a high-rise intake, a big cam that helps build torque, and a few well-chosen aluminum bits for contrast. Service access remains quite good, and while everything is new, it's also smart since the truck really was built to drive. Power steering and brakes are worthy upgrades when you're reworking an entire vehicle, and while the body was off the frame, the entire chassis was painted satin black. The suspension is largely stock, although it has been lowered a bit to give it that awesome rake and power front disc brakes were added for safety. A fresh dual exhaust system sounds fantastic behind the warmed-over small block, and between the 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and the rugged 12-bolt rear end, cruising is effortless. Color-matched Rally wheels have a vintage look, especially with the polished trim rings, and are wrapped with fat 225/70/15 Michelin radials that have enough sidewall to make this truck look like a truck.
There's obviously a ton of money wrapped up in this build, but the effort will pay off handsomely for the next lucky owner. Call today!
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