Square body trucks have become a hot commodity in the collector car world, and for good reason. You get all the cool of a vintage pickup or SUV, combined with the practicality and usefulness of a truck. Because of this, really great examples have become scarce. But, every now and then, you find an absolute gem like this 1976 Chevy C10 Silverado.
The original owner ordered this Chevy C10 with a heavy options list. It is the upscale Silverado version, equipped with the top-of-the-line engine for 1976, the 454 Big Block V8. It has two-tone tan paint, Deluxe interior with plush carpet, woodgrain dash and door panels, factory air conditioning, power brakes with front discs, the gauge package, and factory tinted glass. It has covered a scant 17,000 miles from new, and everything works as it should.
The exterior of this Chevy C10 is like a flashback. The two-tone paint scheme retains its original shine. The chrome front bumper still gleams, with no signs of pitting or patina. The rear step bumper is painted silver with a diamond plate pattern on the top. Painted steel wheels wear proper Silverado hubcaps and are wrapped with radial whitewall rubber. Stainless trim presents well. Glass and weatherstrip are both in surprisingly good nick.
Inside the Chevy C10, the Deluxe interior looks like it has never been used. There are no indications of wear to be found. The brown vinyl bench shows none of the drag wear usually associated with pickups that require a step-up/slide-in entry. Plush brown carpet looks showroom fresh. There are no cracks in the dash. The door map pocket elastic is still tight. Gauges are all still clear and bright, and the factory AM radio is still in the dash.
Under the hood of the Chevy C10 resides the 454 cubic-inch Big Block V8. Everything here appears to be as it left the factory. Some discoloration is present on the power brake booster. The balance of the engine bay is pure 1970s, with firewall spray markings, big spring hinges, and the jack and lug wrench on the passenger side fender.
This nearly-new 1976 Chevy C10 Silverado is on sale at Classic Cars of Sarasota.