The first Chevy S-Series trucks were introduced for the 1982 model year. Chevrolet had previously imported and rebadged the Isuzu KB and sold it as the Chevy LUV beginning in 1972, but with the 1973 Arab oil embargo, determined there should be a domestically produced compact pickup in the Chevy lineup. Thus, the Chevy S-10 was born.
Available engines were a 1.9-liter Isuzu four-cylinder, and the 2.8-liter V6. Both Chevy and GMC had their own versions of the S-Series trucks, with cosmetic differences in the grille, tailgate, and badging.
Our feature Chevy S-10 is the upscale Tahoe trim level finished in Steel Gray Metallic over a Carmine Red Special Cloth bench seat interior. It is equipped with a fuel-injected 4.3-liter V6 producing 160 horsepower, backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. It has seen just 8,500 miles since being purchased new at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio.
This Chevy S-10’s Steel Gray Metallic paint retains much of its original shine, no small feat for GM trucks of this era irrespective of mileage. It has been lowered two inches in front and three in back. Camaro wheels and raised white-letter BFGoodrich radials have been fitted. A black vinyl tonneau cover has been installed on the short-box truck bed, and a bug guard has been fitted to the hood.
Inside the cab of this Chevy S-10 is a handsome Carmine Red. The cloth-covered bench seat shows next to no signs of use, save for some slight wrinkling on the seat bottom’s outside edge. The carpets and mats look showroom new. There are no cracks on the dash, nor is there any fading to be found. The gauges are clear and crisp. Door handles and pulls are still firmly attached, with none of the waviness that is typical of lesser examples. The print on the controls, buttons, and knobs is still sharp. Everything looks fresh from the wrapper.
Under the hood of the Chevy S-10, the engine bay is as clean as you would expect from a truck with fewer than nine thousand miles. All finishes are clean and correct. Major components appear to be original, with the only deviation being an Optima Red Top battery.
This spotless Chevy S-10 is being offered by Cruisin Classics for $24,995.