Very Clean 1980 Chevy LUV Pickup For Sale40
Classic pickup trucks like the Chevy LUV just exude old-school cool, but finding one that isn’t falling to pieces from use and abuse can be tricky. Now, however, this surprisingly clean 1980 Chevy LUV has been posted for sale in a new online auction.
Recently finding its way to Bring A Trailer, this particular 1980 Chevy LUV is said to have been registered to one owner since new before it was purchased by the current owner in 2021. The exterior is covered in white paint offset by orange and yellow decals, as well as a set of chrome bumpers. In the corners, we find a set of 14-inch powder-coated white wheels, while a single sideview mirror is found on the driver’s side.
Inside, red cloth and vinyl upholstery cover the single bench seat, and there’s a sliding rear window. Amenities include a push-button radio and a heater.
Motivation is derived from a 1.8L four-cylinder engine, which feeds a four-speed manual transmission and dual-range transfer case. There’s also a manually locking hub for the front axle. Front disc brakes and rear drums slow it down, while the 14-inch wheels are wrapped in 27 by 8.5-inch General Grabber A/T tires.
This 1980 Chevy LUV is definitely not perfect, as one might expect with 47,000 miles on the clock. There’s some rust on the rocker panels and tailgate, and a few dings on the hood and on the roof, plus a few cracks in the dash too. Additionally, one of the sliding rear window panels is made of plexiglass. However, the seller’s post states that some maintenance work was recently done, including new spark plugs and wires, distributor cap, anti-backfire valve, battery, and tires.
Now, this 1980 Chevy LUV is listed for sale in a new online auction, and is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The auction will end in about five days on February 1st. The current highest bid of seven placed thus far is set at $7,500.
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Very good pickup.I had one of this series which ended in 1980.Traded it for same pickup in new series,4×4,in yellow,which ran through 1886 when cab was changed again.Still have it with over 300K.Drivetrain,except engine,never touched and it has worked extremely hard.These pickups were offered in diesel or gas and built entirely by Isuzu in Japan.They sold the 3rd series in US alongside the s-10 and built and sold them across South America in single cab,extra cab,and 4-door versions but never the 4-door in US.Bad mistake because they are incredibly tough and durable.The current version is still made and sold in Asia and Australia and is a top seller,out selling Toyota in some countries.And they will pull.Many years mine was used to haul 18K cotton trailers out of the field for farm to gin.Almost unbelievable but it would do it.
When I lived in Fairbanks, AK for a few years. I drove a 1979 Chevy Luv, Baby Blue, and at -65 below zero. It was a cold, frozen, heartless and miserable experience. However, I never complained about it. She always started, ran as well as any other vehicle in those conditions. During the simmer she got me to Kenai and back twice a month for fishing season. I would purchase another one if Chevy would bring them back. That little truck wad my money maker. Sure, I couldn’t carry large loads and had to make several trips. But I would finish the job and was usually paid a little extra for the extra effort. I really enjoyed my time with the Luv. Sadly, late one night she lost a battle with a moose in heavy ice fog. Totally broke my heart when I laid her to rest in the junk yard. She served me well over the years and it was a sad day when I was able to see what remained after the collision with the moose.
I wish GM would read these comments and design another truck like the LUV… just a more modern version. People clearly like this size truck it’s small enough to park in tight spaces yet it still has a small bed to haul stuff. My point is the Colorado/Canyon are fine trucks but they keep growing in size what started out as S10 size now is almost as big as a Silverado/Sierra… Not everyone needs or wants this big of a truck… LISTEN GM! I quote “Build it and they will come”!
Had a 79. Red/ Orange, same decals. Wasn’t fast, but boy could she climb the old mining trails in my neck of the woods/ mountains. Could go places that large trucks couldn’t. Tough little truck. Like most first vehicles, I abused her, and she kept going… Bill ( NY)
I Luv’d those trucks!
My last one was a Mikado, I put a Oldsmobile 455 big block engine with fwd transmission from a Tornado in the bed, making about 600hp. Was a real fun ride! I made dually fenders to cover the wide tires and lowered it. 2 radiators with electric fans under the hood. Still see small block Luv’s at the drag strip.
I bought a 1980 LUV Mikado. By 1990 there were very few parts available to buy. Hate to think what’s available today.
What a novelty and a pretty little survivor. The Chevy LUV came up in a discussion when our plant’s quality boss was hosting a talk with regard to paint adhesion, the EPA and our new phosphate plater. I wish I could recall the context for Mr. Mannion remarking on that LUV truck.