Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
We run through these "Action Line" era Chevys just about as fast as we can get them. Stylish, comfortable, classic and powerful, these can be used as car hop cruisers or tow/haul champs. Here we've got a really great 1971 Chevrolet C-20 Super Cheyenne long-bed in two-tone Medium Blue and White, an original interior, and a modern 5.3L Vortec V8 mated to a 4L60E automatic transmission. Vintage good looks backed by the sturdy reliability of fuel-injected GM power? Yes, please!
Several changes occurred in 1971. First there was a new grille design (the "egg crate"). Second, an additional trim package was introduced: the Cheyenne. The package consisted mostly of comfort features and nicer interiors, more padding and insulation, carpet, chrome trim, along with upper and lower side molding and tailgate trim. This is a Cheyenne Super, so it's got all the trim you could get in '71 to go along with the deluxe paint option. The likely original Medium Blue and White go really well together, even more so with the blue interior inside the cab. The finish is every bit of driver quality, meaning that's it's handsome enough to turn heads just about everywhere it goes, but not quite nice enough to win a trophy at the cruise-in. But that's okay, because you'll never have to worry about taking this beauty out as it sits, and a paint job down the road to restore some former glory is always an option that can be considered in the future. Cosmetically loaded, the look is nicely completed with the sliding rear window and a handsome dark-wood bed, which are those desired vintage details that enhance the whole package. The chrome bumpers fore and aft appear to be newer, as do the door handles and mirrors, while the rest of the trim, badges, and grille are a bit more aged but still present well against the backdrop of the two-tone finish of this long bed truck.
Inside this C-20 the stock look continues, where you'll find a refreshed and comfortable blue vinyl bench seat nestled in the cozy cab. The Cheyenne-spec door panels with "Western" script and wood-grain accents are still in place although they do show a little age, as does the blue carpet below, while the dash pad appears to be newer and is in great shape. Amenities are somewhat scarce but the two most important ones are certainly present: Cold R134a A/C that's working great to keep the cab comfortable and a modern Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX/SAT/BT head unit that now provides the tunes. Those options coupled with the power steering and power front disc brakes really make short work of long trips. The gauge bezel and chrome glove box door look newer, and likely took the place of the woodgrain spec'd parts that would've come with a Cheyenne, but they look nice and the gauges are clear and crisp just ahead of the driver.
The engine is a fuel injected Vortec 5.3 liter LS V8, which is a neat fit inside the early Chevy's engine bay. For the most part, it's got a very correct look for a swapped-in late model Vortec, but the installation was professionally done and everything looks like it belongs. Power steering and power front disc brakes are included, and with fuel injection, it starts instantly, idles smoothly, and has an awesome torque curve that makes it a blast to drive. Backed by a modern 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission and a heavy-duty rear end, it's still ready and willing to work, but also has the capability for easy cruising at higher speeds and modern conditions, giving this truck daily-driver potential. A custom dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers that exit before the rear axle gives the Vortec V8 a unique voice, and although it's not dressed for show underneath, there's nothing to hide as the condition of the undercarriage is very solid. Period-perfect steelie wheels with chrome Bowtie hubcaps look right and totally stuff the wheelwells with fat blackwall radials at each corner.
Nothing more than a solid, vintage truck upgraded with an uber-dependable fuel-injected Chevy small block. Turn-key and ready to go. Call today!
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