Today, pickup trucks are a staple vehicle for the American family. Moreso than ever, buyers aren’t just buying trucks for the worksite, they’re turning to trucks as an alternative to the sedan, and even crossover.
Back in 1990, Chevrolet saw this and began to cut a niche in the market for its truck buyers. What did that give us? The 1990 Chevy C1500 454 SS—a truck that could only have come from the 20th century.
The MotorWeek Retro Review looked at the special-edition pickup with stary eyes with a 454 cubic inch V8 engine under the hood and oodles of low-end torque and power. Only 10,000 Chevy C1500 454 SS models were built back in the day, which was a drop in the bucket compared to the one-million-plus trucks the brand sold. The price for the added performance? Just over $18,000, or about $35,000 today.
Other special treatments the truck received included a black-out package, 454 SS graphics, fog lights, and an all-red interior. The C1500 454 SS also received a performance handling package with anti-lock brakes at the rear.
What kind of power was the pickup pushing? 230 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. Those weren’t small numbers for the day, and the power came on low with brute force. At high rpms, the engine slowed and didn’t pull nearly as hard, which made for a slower quarter-mile time.
But the truck absolutely oozes a cool factor. And the collector market, which has increasingly shown appreciation for pickup trucks and SUVs, has responded.
A quick search shows low-mileage examples fetch between $17,000 and $25,000. For those looking for tomorrow’s investment today in classic cars, the C1500 454 SS is likely a very safe bet.