The early 1970s were among the best years for American pickup trucks. Ford and Chevy were locked in an epic battle for light truck supremacy, and it showed as each marque tried to outdo each other with performance and style upgrades nearly every year. Chevrolet's C/K series of full-size pickups debuted in 1960, replacing the revered Apache line of pickups (the C denotes two wheel drive, while the K prefix was applied to four wheel drive vehicles).
This particular 1971 K10 Cheyenne is a highly-optioned, very rare short bed 4x4 that looks, drives and sounds fantastic. In my humble opinion, 1971 and 1972 are the best years for classic Chevrolet pickups. In 1971, all Chevy trucks got standard front disc brakes for the first time, and this example is also equipped with an automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and factory a/c. 1971 was also the first year for the Cheyenne, Chevy's top trim level that included upper and lower side molding and tailgate trim, plus nicer interiors. And of course, 1971 was the first year of the iconic "egg-crate" grill, making this just about the best looking truck around.
This truck has seen a recent freshening, including newer paint and new upholstery. Headliner, seat, and door panels are new, and the steering wheel has been updated. In the dash is a modern stereo with CD player, USB input and aux input. The a/c has been converted to R-134a and blows cold.
Under the hood is a Chevrolet Vortec 350 from a late '90s truck fed by a spread-bore four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor. The automatic transmission shifts great; both high and low range transfer case settings work flawlessly -- you could pull down the Empire State Building with this truck in four low.
Body panels are nice and straight with good gaps, and there's no evidence of bad bodywork or rust popping out anywhere. The bed is in great shape, too, and has a rubber mat lining the bottom. A modest lift and 33-inch tires with plenty of tread give this K10 an aggressive stance; combined with the Cheyenne trim package, it's a great look.
She's probably too nice to be a work truck (unless you have a desk job), but not so nice that you can't drive it every day -- or even make the occasional trip to the Lowe's or Home Depot. So if you're interested in a pickup with classic styling, but right on the cusp of modern conveniences such as disc brakes, power steering, automatic transmission and air conditioning, give us a call at 404-692-5250.
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