The Chevrolet C10 is a truck that spans decades and generations that’s gaining in popularity, too. There’s just something so timeless and so attractive about its design. Maybe it’s due to the fact that it’s a classic, honest and simple truck without all the bells and whistles of today’s pickups. Or perhaps it’s because it straddles some line between America’s muscle car era and today’s (not at all cheap) modern-day pickups, hitting a perfect note in the heart of enthusiasts and fans. Either way, the Chevrolet C10 is appearing everywhere – restoration shops, auction blocks, videos, and other places you find classic cars. The video above comes from The Smoking Tire YouTube channel, and its One Take series.
The truck here was built for SEMA, the aftermarket show held annually in Las Vegas. It also spent eight-and-a-half months at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Now, it mostly sits in a garage, which is a shame. In our opinion, this beauty should be driven more.
For starters, this Chevrolet C10 is gorgeous. The builders didn’t want to deviate from the original design, but instead to retain the design General Motors and Chevrolet intended. But let’s be honest, a build like this is as much about the looks as it is about performance, and this truck packs plenty of punch.
Under the hood is a 502-cubic-inch Chevrolet Big Block V8 with a Vortech supercharger on top. The engine is stock, except for an added blower making 640 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque at the wheels, which are available at just 2300 RPM… and it stays flat through the rev range, increasing slightly at higher RPM. Having chewed through two 4L60-E transmissions, the motor is now paired with a GM-sourced 4L85-E automatic gearbox. The transmission has two modes – Street and Race – and paddle shifters offer almost instantaneous gear shifts, too.
In a day and age when SEMA builds can run wild with crazy interior designs, ostentatious colors and (to put it nicely) explorative exterior aesthetics, this Chevrolet C10 is a very nice departure. It looks great, sounds mean and drives well – in a classic sort of way. The qualities work to complement each other perfectly.