Few vehicles have achieved the sort of legendary status as the Chevy truck line. For more than 100 years, Chevrolet has offered tough, work-ready vehicles to get the job done, and now, the Bow Tie brand is recognizing that history in a new series dubbed “Legends of Chevy Trucks.” This time around, the 1962 C/K Series is under the spotlight.
As a brief aside, the “Legends of Chevy Trucks” series comes from the Chevrolet New Roads Magazine and General Motors Heritage Center, the latter of which provides a blast from the past with a variety of period-correct literature and artifacts. As GM Authority covered previously, the series has also covered the 1955 Task Force line of fleet Chevy trucks, but now, we’re taking a look at the 1962 C/K Series.
First introduced for the 1960 model year, the C/K Series improved on the preceding Task Force Series in terms of performance and practicality. In addition, the line provided new exterior styling that would eventually become an iconic look for American pickups.
By 1962, the C/K Series really started to shine. With a dropped frame and lower load height, plus an independent front suspension and roomy cab, these Chevy trucks were quite attractive to consumers, with brochures from the era claiming that the improvements would provide “more money-making trips per day on even the tightest schedules,” as well as “many more work- and money-saving features.”
Under the hood, the 1962 C/K Series Chevy trucks came equipped as standard with a 235 Six producing 135 horsepower and 216 pound-feet of torque, but for a few extra bucks, buyers could upgrade to a 4.6L V8 with 160 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Inside, drivers and passengers alike stayed comfortable thanks to a wide bench seat with available six-inch foam cushions, combining comfort and convenience with a strong work ethic. Customers could also add a variety of comfort and convenience features now included as standard on modern Chevy trucks, such as seat belts, sun visors, windshield washers, and a heater.
The C/K Series Chevy trucks offered either a Fleetside of Stepside configuration. A lower hood design provided enhanced visibility, while six paint options (including two-tone combos) provided customization opportunities.
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