Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
It's obvious that GM built pickups like this 1997 Chevrolet C1500 Cheyenne 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 that killer stance, a comfortable A/C interior, and a healthy 4.3L Vortec V6 motor, and you've got one of the cooler 'modern' classic pickups you can get for under $20k.
This truck's sleek white paint looks fantastic on this Chevy Old Body Style (OBS) pickup, especially with the single cab, shortbed design of this '97. That angled cab design on this Wideside pickup really makes the truck look imposing, especially with a kicked-up rake out back. The finish work on the white paint is about average, nice enough that it still looks great going down the road but with enough imperfections and signs of use that you won't be afraid to use it as a real truck. That would lead us to believe that this is still the original finish, or at the very least an older respray, and even though paint has seen better days the curb appeal of this OBS is still through the roof. It just looks so cool. The custom billet inserts in the front grille certainly take things up a notch, punctuated further by the addition of a custom front bumper that mirrors the look with grille inserts of its own. The black molding on the lower portion of the truck breaks up the white finish just enough, and it matches the window trim, mirrors, handles, and wheels for a cool, uniform look. Out back, it's obvious that the bed has been used as intended, although it does have a thick rubber mat to help protect the floor from further damage. It's nothing out of the ordinary though, with no rust holes are giant dents to report, and if the next owner wanted to lay down a spray-in bedliner it would instantly transform the look of things back there. And there's enough real estate back there to drag away half of Home Depot with you on the weekends.
Slip inside and have a seat in the bone-stock interior that's been nicely upgraded with several fresh components. The recently recovered bench makes this a first-class way to haul you, your people, and your gear - and the durable vinyl upholstery looks nicely maintained throughout. Because this is a modern Chevy truck it's optioned with all the creature comforts of the era, including working air conditioning which still blows cold, plus an aftermarket Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX/Bluetooth stereo, cruise control, power locks, dual airbags, and a tilt wheel are all loaded up, further blurring the line between blue-and-white collar transportation. And we haven't forgotten that this is a truck with a half ton load capacity and so power steering and power front disc brakes make it all manageable. Remarkably, the dash pad isn't even cracked (a recurring problem on OBS trucks) and the giant rear window provides a cool fishbowl like atmosphere inside, with very dark privacy tint adding to the cool look.
Open the hood and inspect the nicely detailed original engine bay. This Chevy is equipped with a 4.3L Vortec V6 that has been fitted to everything from Camaros to, well, pickup trucks. And before you bemoan the lack of 2 extra cylinders (essentially this is a lightweight V8 with #6 and #3 cylinders removed), note that the Vortec V6 was in many ways similar to the V8s of the era, although much more efficient. In fact, the 4.3L V6 was the first to bear the Vortec name, and because the motor was so successful, the Vortec moniker would then be applied across GM's V8 line as well. The Vortecs were popular right away and mass-produced, therefore constantly reaping the benefits of refinements within the electrical and engine management systems, making them the first truly modern GM motors. There's more than enough power available if you choose to leave the motor mostly stock like this one, which other than the cold-intake system looks like it just rolled out of the showroom and still runs superbly. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission is also performing without complaint and there isn't a better transmission available to have; after all, fuel mileage matters these days. Also take a look at the super clean undercarriage, where you'll find no secrets, thanks to a lifetime in the warm Texas climate, and again, it suggests that this truck has led a very good life. Blacked-out 15-inch Cragar wheels add some flash to the short-bed pickup, endowing it with a sporty demeanor and it carries tough-looking 235/75/15 Michelin radials that add great curb appeal.
Still cool after all these years, GM has yet to top the slick OBS 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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