Something about a stepside bed gives old pickups both a vintage look and a sporty attitude. The bulging fenders on this 1967 Chevrolet C10 Restomod are definitely a big part of its appeal, along with the modern 5.3L LS engine and surprisingly agile handling. Who knew these trucks could have so much personality and still drive so great?
Painted in a patina-style teal finish with plenty of white accents and custom pinstriping, there's just no way to escape notice when you're driving this rig. Fortunately, the utilitarian finish nails the original look, so it seems like it stepped right out of the past with a glossy coat of paint, ready for the next century. Having likely lived most of its life someplace warm surely helped, and unlike so many of its siblings, this one doesn't seem to have been forced into hard labor early in its life. The finish presents well, but it's not without its flaws, but what it lacks in high quality it makes up for in unique character, thanks in large part to all the pinstriping and accent patterns. The tailgate leaves no mistake as to what kind of truck this is, and it is flanked by a set of slightly oversized taillights that look great and boost safety. The bed floor is stained hardwood and teal-painted strips, with matching teal paint on the side walls and tailgate, so it's still pretty darned useful as a truck. Painted white bumpers fore and aft look great, with the front end taking on a slightly custom look with the matching white grille and headlight bezels.
Basic gray and black makes for a stylish and comfortable interior, particularly against the bright teal bodywork that's also found inside the cab. Thanks to a comfortable late model GM bench seat, the interior is in good order, and it's also been refitted with plush black carpet to give it a new lease on life. Durable materials helped these trucks survive under harsh conditions, and the restoration used the same stuff, so it's holding up nicely today and looks right inside the old pickup's cab. The automatic shifter on the tilt column make driving easy and enjoyable, particularly with a torquey V8 up front, and the shifter is only a finger's reach away from the blacked-out three-spoke steering wheel. Factory gauges are crisp and clear and are joined in the bezel by a pair of Bosch auxiliary units that have been neatly integrated. There's also an upgraded AM/FM stereo in the factory dash slot that pumps tunes through the speaker sin the kick panels.
A 5.3 liter V8 now resides under the hood, featuring electronic fuel injection to provide a level of all-weather dependability well out of reach of the original engine, and it teams with a 4-speed automatic 4L80E transmission whose overdrive gear makes for nice, low revs at highway speeds. The 12-bolt rear end equips the drivetrain with both spirited off-the-line capability while still not driving RPMs too high. Shorty headers feed the dual exhaust that leads to a pair of FlowMaster-style mufflers in back, so the powertrain sends out a nice, deep note with just a tap on the pedal. This C10 offers a nice, refined driving experience that might come as somewhat of surprise, given its vintage. In addition to its post millennial powerplant, you'll find fresh shocks up front and leaf springs out back, while power steering makes it easy to navigate and power brakes that position discs up front bring its set of 22” painted “Steelie” wheels to dependable, low effort stops.
Fun to drive and still quite practical, this unique stepside C10 makes for a great entry-level hobby vehicle, especially with trucks being red-hot in the market right now. Call today!