Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Squarebody trucks like this 1981 Chevrolet C10 Silverado are very popular and super collectable these days, so much so that we have a hard time keeping them in stock (people tell me that's called one of those 'good' problems). With a great two-tone color combination, a powerful 350 V8 under the hood, and a bevy of factory options, it's a wonderful example of one of the most popular vintage trucks on the road today.
The short bed/regular cab setup gives any pickup a sporty demeanor, but these late-70s, early-80s Squarebody Chevys have really nailed the look. Dressed in vibrant two-tone Blue and White, this Silverado looks less like a working-class jobsite fixture and more like something you'd want to drive every day and show off on a Saturday night. The top driver-quality paint and bodywork undoubtedly helps with that attitude, and the clean lines of the original truck are easy to love. It was obviously repainted not long ago and has a very authentic look, offering a shine that's appropriate to the era and obviously it's not subject to the cracking and peeling that plagued other GM models of the period. Blue pinstripes play the line of demarcation role perfectly as a needed buffer between the two contrasting shades, and with hardly any imperfections to speak of, this dialed-in driver could easily be shown on the local circuit as well. Silverado trim added some bling along the flanks as well as chrome bumpers fore and aft, and a later-model grille ('85-'88 spec) was installed up front for an updated look that really works with the truck's lowered and raked stance and overall street presence. A black spray-in bedliner that's tough as nails was applied inside the bed, and even though it's very clean and straight back there, the bed is also tough enough to handle some heavy-duty loads.
The original style interior is very tasteful in factory Blue, further punctuated with a gorgeous cloth cover on the very comfortable bench seat, a neatly stitched dark blue dash pad, and Silverado-spec door panels at the flanks. Thanks to a relatively recent refreshing, it's in great condition with numerous factory options and a few well-chosen aftermarket pieces that blend together seamlessly. In addition, the plush blue carpets are protected with matching floormats, the headliner above it taut and clean as can be, and even the carpeted kick panels and lower portion of the doors are all beautifully presented. Options include cold factory A/C, power steering and brakes, a retro-style AM/FM stereo, and a tilt steering column that holds a leather-wrapped Momo 3-spoke wheel atop it, all of which make this Box Chevy pickup a true pleasure to drive. Factory gauges ahead of that steering wheel wear crisp, clear markings, and they do a great job keeping an eye on the powerful small block under the hood. Freshly appointed and supremely comfortable, this truck's cabin is a very special place in which to spend some time.
An uber-dependable and powerful 350 V8 with a 1969 date code is plenty to get this truck moving and to haul just about anything that'll fit in the bed. With good horsepower and plenty of torque, this powerplant really scoots around town easily thanks to the help of the big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and polished Street Warrior performance intake running the show up top, and it has a great muscle car V8 soundtrack to go with it thanks to the long-tube headers feeding the Flowmaster dual exhaust system below. The engine bay is neatly detailed and organized, including a chrome open-element air cleaner, polished valve covers, and a shiny set of pulleys and brackets for the belt drive system at the head of the block. Turn the key and it starts easily (although it can be a bit cold natured when it's chilly outside), which is what you'd expect from a small block Chevy, and it feels like a far younger vehicle from behind the wheel thanks to years of careful maintenance and care. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spins a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end filled with standard gears out back, making highway cruising easy and relatively efficient, and power steering and power front disc brakes reinforce that very point. 20-inch US Mag chrome wheels take a modern spin on the vintage look, and they're wrapped in staggered 245/45/20 front and 315/35/20 rear radials all around that fill the fenders perfectly and punctuate the slammed-and-raked stance.
Dialed-in, looking fresh, and ready for the road right now, this Silverado is about as turn-key as they get. If you want to join the Squarebody party straight away (before it gets priced out of reach), this may be your last chance. Call today!
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