The Chevrolet C/K series of light-duty trucks was launched in the fall of 1959 for the 1960 model year, replacing the 1955-1959 Task Force series. The C/K line encompassed light-duty trucks, medium-duty trucks, chassis-cabs, and full size SUVs. The C/K nomenclature designated the model design, for example: a Chevy C10 was a regular cab with two-wheel drive, and a K10 was a regular cab with four-wheel drive. Developed from its inception as a truck chassis, the C/K line shared none of its major underpinnings with other GM platforms. It was lower, wider, and had an emphasis on comfort and convenience. The cab roof was reinforced for better rigidity. Some engineering cues were taken from the automobile lines, like drop center frames for lower center of gravity and a lower cab, coil-sprung rear axle and independent front suspension. The independent front suspension would be replaced with torsion bars on two-wheel drive trucks beginning with the 1963 model year.
1966 would be the final year for the first-generation C/K, with a full redesign debuting for 1967. The 250 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder was offered for the first time, fed by a one-barrel carburetor, producing 155 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. A base C10 Fleetside weighed in just over 3,200 pounds and carried a base price of $2,066.
Our feature 1966 Chevy C10 pickup is a factory Fleetside short bed as evidenced by the “14” body code in its VIN. It has had a frame-off restoration in its original code 533 color combination of Light Green and Ermine White, with painted bumpers over a cream vinyl and light brown cloth interior. It is a small rear window model, as the outline for a large rear window can be seen in the rib around the edge of the rear cab panel. The bed has been refurbished in light oak with polished stainless steel trim. This C10 is powered by a 250 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder backed by a “three-on-the-tree” column-mounted three-speed manual. Accompanying the Chevy C10 is the original owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate, and factory booklet.
This beautifully restored 1966 Chevy C10 pickup will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Dallas, Texas event taking place September 20th through the 23rd.