Vintage trucks are extremely popular right now, and if this 1966 Chevrolet C10 is any indication, there's a bright future in old haulers. From the bright light blue paint to the strong running small block under the hood, this cool pickup nails the original look and feel while offering a great driving experience. 1966 was the last year for the Fleetside pickups introduced in 1960, which featured lower rooflines and a swept-back cab that offered industry-leading space and comfort.
Finished in a two-tone Off-White cab over a Light Blue body, this truck is a movie star. The elegant finish is what the truck was originally born with and it has an extremely appealing look that's pure nostalgia. The Fleetside offered dramatic styling with lots of swoops and curves, as well as brilliant use of trim, and all of it remains intact on this hauler. Other styling details include the wing-like lip at the back of the cab, which probably has no real function but looks really cool, and the painted Off-White strip in between the chrome trim that runs down the flanks of the truck. Paint and bodywork are done to a high standard, and this truck will be right at home both at local shows and the local lumber yard on a Saturday afternoon if you need some light hauling done. These were well-made rugged machines from new, so it shouldn't be surprising to find one this nice today, and very little bodywork seems to have been required to get it ready for paint. All the original trim was restored or replaced, from the massive front bumper and delicate egg crate grille to the polished stainless along the sides that is strongly reminiscent of the Impala SS trim from just a few years earlier. But if you need it to work, it's ready, with a bed that's still carrying a natural wood floor, although it's so nice you'll think twice before throwing any tools back there.
Trucks were austere machines when they were new, and this one doesn't vary much from the factory formula. The original bench was recovered in a cool gray vinyl and cloth upholstery, tying in perfectly with the handsome gray door panels, dash, and headliner. Padded dashes and door panels hadn't yet made it to the truck lines, so they've been finished to the same high standards as the rest of the bodywork and there are even matching seat belts to tie it all together. The original gauges are a very cool setup with a single face that certainly looks restored and remains in good condition. An AM/FM/Cassette stereo seems to be the lone concession to modern comfort, but that's a relative term. Plush gray carpets are very durable and suggest that this truck is still ready and willing to work while remaining a comfortable place to spend some time.
Nestled between the front fenders is a strong-running 283 V8 with a period-correct WA suffix code that we believe to be original, although there's no VIN stamp on the block (which is common for this vintage) to 100% verify numbers matching. As a truck, function was chosen over style, and there's no shame in that, so it still wears a stock, black snorkeled air cleaner, blue paint, and black valve covers with red “Chevrolet” script. It runs beautifully, and all the accessories were freshened at some point, including the alternator, Rochester 2-barrel carburetor, and the big radiator up front. It starts easily with a great V8 rumble from the stock-style exhaust system, and with a smooth-shifting 3-speed manual transmission, it's easy to drive. The solid chassis is mostly stock and very solid, showing off maintenance throughout and evidence of a lifetime of conscientious ownership. Rolling stock consists of plain-Jane steelies with Bowtie center caps wearing 225/75/15 whitewall radials to complete the period look.
This is a great truck that can work all day and still clean up nicely for a night out on the town. Solid C10s like this never last long in our inventory. Call today!