1969 C-10 Custom Fleetside Pickup Truck
The C and K series of trucks was manufactured by General Motors from the 1960 to 2002 model years. Marketed by both the Chevrolet and GMC divisions, the C/K series encompassed a wide range of vehicles. While most commonly associated with pickup trucks, the model line also included chassis-cab trucks and medium-duty trucks and served as the basis for GM full-size SUVs. Through its entire production, the model line competed directly against the Ford F-Series and the Dodge D series (later the Dodge Ram pickup).
Used for both the model branding and the internal model code, “C” denoted two-wheel drive; “K” denoted four-wheel drive. Four generations of the model line were produced, including the second-generation “Action Line” and third-generation “Rounded Line” vehicles. For the fourth generation, GMC revised its branding, changing to a singular GMC Sierra nameplate (C/K remained as an internal model code).
As GM entered the 1990s, the company revised its truck ranges, replacing the medium-duty C/K trucks with the Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC TopKick for 1990. For 1999, GM replaced the fourth-generation C/K pickup trucks with an all-new model line; in line with GMC, Chevrolet dropped the C/K nameplate (in favor of a singular Chevrolet Silverado nameplate). Initially marketed with its successor, the final C/K pickup trucks were produced for the 2000 model year. From 2001 to 2002, the final vehicles of the C/K model line were heavy-duty chassis cab trucks.
The second generation (1967-1972) “C” series two-wheel drive pickup truck was the last generation to be offered solely with a two-door cab. While the drop-center ladder frame and coil-spring rear axle carried over from the first generation (1960-1966), the body was completely redesigned from the ground up to improve its capability as a multi-purpose vehicle. Alongside a utilitarian vehicle intended for farm or work use, the series was also offered with optional features carried over from Chevrolet sedans providing more comfort than previous generations of trucks.
This nicely restored 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Custom Fleetside truck sports a bold factory-correct two-tone finish in code 514 Red with contrasting white top. It is well equipped with factory air conditioning, power steering, and power drum brakes. The optional 350 CID V-8 is mated to a 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission yielding a respectable 255 horsepower. The rugged durability, clean lines and understated styling has made this truck highly desirable in today’s collector truck market.