Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
It's obvious that GM built 1/2 ton pickups like this 1995 GMC Sierra 1500 with utility and practicality in mind, but they certainly didn't forget about style. Sure, it's still a rugged truck underneath, but on the outside it's one of the best-looking trucks ever built. Add in the slick red paint job, custom ostrich interior, and built LS V8 that constitute this beauty, and you've got one of the cooler modern Restomod trucks we've ever featured here at Streetside. Elevated into something truly special, this 'new' classic pickup is ready to dominate for decades to come.
This truck's sleek, monochromatic look comes from careful blending of bright red paint with careful aftermarket parts like the color-matched grille and front bumper, chin spoiler, rear roll pan, painted mirrors and handles, and blacked-out 20-inch wheels that set the pickup's aggressive stance. 1995 was the last year you could get an extended cab this big without at least one hinged door, and with all the 4-door trucks on the road today, it's nice to see a throwback to the way that things used to be. That super-long cab design on this SLE model really makes the truck look imposing, even with the short bed out back. The finish work on the resprayed Victory Red paint is very high-end, probably nicer than what you'd get stock in the mid-90s, and the laser-straight bodywork means it has always been someone's special truck. The color is stock Victory Red, but with the addition of all those color-matched components, no factory paint ever had a glow like this - lit with an inner fire that is still low-key but draws you in once you notice it. The effect is really quite appealing. Out back, the bed was lined with black spray-in bedliner that really looks great against the red finish, and also means that you can still use this truck like it was originally intended. And there's enough real estate back there to drag away half of Home Depot with you on the weekends. Other neat touches include the big red GMC emblem in the front grille, fresh headlights/taillights, and limo-tinted windows that give the truck a mysterious disposition that works great.
The C/K pickups were all fairly plain and straightforward in these years, so the former owner of this '95 decided to kick things up a notch with a custom gray interior to match the hot-red finish. Flanking a matching center console, the seats have been covered in custom light gray skins with ostrich inserts, a pattern that's mirrored on the door panels and give the cab the upscale feel of a luxury car and the look of a sports car and it's all still in great condition. The big stock steering wheel remains and immediately reminds you that this is a modern truck, as do the original gauges just beyond it, although an auxiliary unit was added to the left to help keep a keen eye on the big motor under the hood. The truck is outfitted with options like cold A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a tilt steering column, and the entertainment system has been upgraded to a Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. It's still comfortable and easy to drive, pretty much what we expect from our vehicles today, albeit with an old-school grunt when you mash the gas. Out back, the rear bench seat is very spacious for a trunk from this vintage, and it too was covered in custom upholstery to match the front buckets.
Fully detailed and ready to go, the engine bay is as much a show-off piece as a functional machine. The 5.3L V8 Vortec motor rumbles like it has a modest cam inside, and you can definitely feel added power up and down the throttle. A cold-air intake tube and coned filter help the fuel-injected motor breathe, as do the ceramic-coated headers at the sides that lead into a rumbling Blackwidow exhaust system that exits just before the rear axle. The modern serpentine drive system for the accessories keeps everything tucked in tightly to the block and there's a big radiator up front that keeps the whole show nice and cool. Underneath you'll find a smooth-shifting 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission and a factory 10-bolt rear end, meaning that this truck can still work for a living just as easy as it can cruise. Upgraded shocks and springs set the wicked raked stance, and with power steering and power front disc brakes you can expect a comfortable ride every time out. 20-inch US Mag wheels wearing Nitto performance radials finish off the look, and we absolutely love how they play off the bright red paint.
Still cool after all these years, GM has yet to top the slick trucks of the mid-90s. With this one, you'll be the envy of every cruise night you attend. Call today!
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