Trucks are the real deal today, servicing the hobby with style, performance, and collectability like never before. If it's affordable fun you're looking for, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than this 1982 GMC stepside pickup that brings great looks and eminent practicality with it.
The cool icy blue paint job definitely makes this pickup stand out in a crowd, and it has a wonderful old school look thanks to the stepside bed and its associated flared fenders. That bed makes it look older than it is, but details like the billet grille and square headlights bring it right back up to date. There's a good amount of time invested in making it look this good, and while the work was done a while ago, it still looks flashy and gets a lot of attention out on the road. Finding a GMC version of the stepside pickup is none too easy, and it still wears its correct GMC tailgate and side badges. The chrome bumpers are in excellent shape, with a wrap-around rear unit that gives it a nicely finished look that's still highly functional with a receiver hitch underneath. The bed was refinished with new oak planks and stainless rub strips, giving it an old-fashioned look that really dresses it up in a big way.
The interior matches the exterior's lightly revised looks with a combination of original gear and aftermarket upgrades that enhance the driving experience. A new seat cover on the front bench has a two-tone look that looks racy and you'll find fresh black carpets on the floor. In fact, almost all the soft parts are new, including the dash pad, door panels, and even the visors overhead. The dashboard is pretty original, surrounding a complete set of factory gauges and it's loaded with options, like A/C and cruise control, making this GMC is a pleasure to drive under just about any circumstances, although you'll save it for special occasions. The original AM/FM radio is still in the dash, and for those days where it's comfortable enough for windows-down cruising, the sliding rear window will make things very comfortable inside.
The reason full-sized pickups remain popular after all these years is that they offer what is essentially the muscle car formula: big V8 up front, rear wheel drive, and rugged mechanicals that will easily take the abuse of a few full-throttle runs. This GMC packs a 350 cubic inch V8 topped by an Edelbrock carburetor and Holley intake manifold, but nothing radical so it's an easy cruiser. Beyond a chrome air cleaner and some bright yellow plug wires, it isn't really detailed for show, but that's not really the point here. Instead, it's as reliable as a cinder block, has great torque to make it entertaining to drive, and with a 700R4 4-speed automatic, it's even reasonably thrifty on the highway. The dual exhaust sounds awesome, another link to the muscle car era, and the suspension sits just right, not too low and not towering over the pavement. Of course, those flashy Torque Thrust-style wheels certainly help, especially when wrapped in fat Sumitomo performance radials.
Fun, affordable, and handsome, pickups like this are a great way to get into the car hobby without a major investment, and it might even make you forget muscle cars. Call today!