Trucks with hot-rod sensibilities are always popular, and someone
has done some wonderful things with this 1966 Chevrolet C10. From
the cool old-school hot rod shop look, to the perfect stance and
the attractive, feature-laden interior, this truck not only looks
cool but drives like it should.
The mid-60s were a good time to be building trucks, with high style making them much more than basic tools. The stylized and folded lines of this C10 are shown to great effect thanks to a simple white paint job that was very nicely done a few years ago. As a result, neat details, particularly the crease the runs around the center of the cab, are highlighted in a bold way. Service stations in the '60s had trucks like this out front all the time, and if you were a regular at the tracks, trucks with an emblem on the door were a great way to show off your racing team's colors. Add in the forward cant of the fenders that give it a feeling of motion, and you have a truck that looks great no matter what you do to it. There are a few areas that have been touched up and definitely some signs of use, but they seem to add to the truck's authenticity because nobody's shop truck was expected to be perfect. The bed has a welcoming look that isn't quite patina but isn't over-done, and the spray-in bedliner on the sides means it's still durable enough to do some work.
The interior also got a thorough once-over, including a modern cloth bench seat from a late-model pickup. The attractive cloth upholstery in two shades of tan is surprisingly sophisticated and the workmanship is OEM so you know it'll hold up over the long haul. Slightly darker tan carpets on the floor add some contrast and help control noise and heat and custom checkerboard door panels tie it all together with a '60s performance vibe. The factory gauges are still in place and if I had to guess, I'd sat that light blue steering wheel is also very intentional, reminiscent of the Gulf Sports colors used at Le Mans. A Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with a touch screen provides entertainment and it's quiet enough inside to actually enjoy it. They went the extra mile to make sure everything was professionally finished, so it's an easy place to spend your spare time and other vintage truck owners will admire your good taste.
The powertrain is simple, proven, and powerful, with a throttle-body injected 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 at its core. The engine is stock and the grunge almost makes it look like it was born there, but there are some new parts. Service access is quite good, and with a new alternator and power master cylinder, it's ready to drive. Fuel injection means it's ready to go any time and starting is always drama-free, and you probably won't be disappointed by the smooth idle, hot or cold. A 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission diverts the torque to a heavy-duty rear end that's likely the truck's original setup and the dual exhaust system is tucked in beside it. Color-matched Rally wheels look right and reinforce the vintage vibe with a set of spinners and fat 235/70/15 white-letter radials.
A very slick old pickup that has the moves of a much younger, lighter machine. Easy to drive and low-maintenance, it's the kind of hobby vehicle we all wish we could own. Call today!