We love unusual vehicles, but whats even cooler is common vehicles with unusual stories like this 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup. Its had just three owners, with the second owner buying it from the first in 1990. But the really interesting thing is that the current owner pursued the truck for 38 years, but the second owner (who was the original owners nephew) would never sell him the truck. To add to the story the truck was parked in 1977 on blocks and wasnt driven for 13 years! Sort of confusing, but cool right?
You dont see many six-cylinder C10s restored to this level (heck, you dont see many, period) and we love the honesty of this clean old truck. Hunter Green with a white top is a traditional look that probably put in years of work on farms across the country, but were guessing nothing rolling down country roads in 1970 ever looked this good. Of course, the body was nicely preserved after sitting in dry storage for all those years yet there was still a sizeable investment in the final finish. A regular cab/short bed pickup is an unusual find regardless of the powerplant, and while there are a few bumps and bruises in the bed itself, that only proves that it doesnt mind working hard and theres a heavy-duty rubber mat to help keep it protected. A chrome front bumper and a stainless grill dress the old girl up just fine and the big CHEVROLET letters out back are a traditional look that still works well.
The interior was likewise restored with a fresh green vinyl seat cover on the bench seat, new black carpets, and some fresh paint. Aside from the aftermarket floor mats, its quite stock, right down to the 3-on-the-tree shifter and GM/Delco AM radio in the dash (sadly, not functional). The gauges are still some of the prettiest ever put in a motor vehicle of any type and they show bright, clear markings and clean lenses that strongly suggests someone restored them. The 70,116 miles showing on the odometer are authentic. If you want to see how people went to work in 1970, you need to do nothing more than climb inside this cool old pickup.
Now about that engine. When the original 250 cubic inch inline-6 gave up the ghost in 1977, the original owner went down to the dealership where he bought the truck, Burckalter Chevrolet in Throckmorton, TX, and purchased a brand new 250 cubic inch replacement engine. He filled it with oil and carefully stored it with the rest of the truck until 1990. At that time, the truck was restored and the replacement engine was finally installed and remarkably, it fired right up! As long as they had it apart, they detailed the engine bay, giving the engine a coat of fresh Chevy Orange paint, a correct air cleaner, and all new ancillaries like plugs, wires, hoses, and other parts. As a result, its very clean under the hood and well wager that you havent seen many six-cylinder Chevy pickups restored this nicely. The three-speed manual transmission shifts easily and the undercarriage, while mostly original, remains in outstanding condition. Theres a single exhaust with a suitably grumbly six-cylinder sound and even though it has both manual steering and manual brakes, it remains easy to handle around town. Classic white-painted steel wheels and dog dish hubcaps are really the only proper choice on a truck like this, and theyre fitted with 225/75/15 whitewall radials.
A clean old truck with an awesome story and a great price. If you prefer authenticity to flash, then this handsome C10 has a great deal to offer. Call today!