The long-running Chevrolet C-10 series of full-sized pickup trucks has been seen for generations on American highways. C-series trucks are the two-wheel drive, entry-level pickup trucks that are priced for all truck lovers to enjoy. Since 1930, the Chevy identification systems have used the letter 'C' to denote the two-wheel drive versions of their popular lines of multipurpose lightweight trucks and fleet vehicles. The first-generation of Chevrolet C-10 trucks was made between 1960 and 1966. Later versions of the popular C-10 series were cataloged under the Chevy C/K designation to indicate that four-wheel drive versions of the C-10 trucks were available.
Many vintage truck owners prefer the stylish 1960-66 original C-10 trucks due to the availability of parts, their classic two-tone paint options and their ability to maintain easily at home. The Chevrolet 1960s first generation C-10s were short-bed trucks that came in half-ton versions featuring many Chevrolet firsts. In 1963, a coil-spring front suspension was added; in 1964, the wraparound windshield was dropped; and in 1965, the Chevy C-10 trucks offered air conditioning. Prior to 1966, the first generation Chevrolet C-10 trucks offered I6, V6 and the workhorse 220 hp V8 engines. In 1966, engine styles changed to accommodate modern upgrades and consumer luxuries.
In 1960, the popular C-10 Chevy full-size pickup trucks were made at the Chevrolet Argentina and Chevrolet United States assembly plants. In 1964 and 1965 the Chevrolet plants in Brazil and Canada were added to the production schedule to keep pace with the overwhelming consumer demand for these vehicles. The 1964-67 Chevrolet C-10 pickup trucks featured a short-lived grill design with the Chevrolet name in block letters at the top. Also in 1964, the traditional dogleg Chevy truck windshield was replaced with a curved glass windshield to allow drivers and passengers an easier entry and exit from the vehicle cab. 1962 marked the year that Chevrolet started to market additional driver comforts.
Between 1960 and 1966, the first generation Chevrolet C-10 half-ton trucks were among the best selling trucks in America. In 1966, Chevrolet sold over 588,310 pickup trucks and decided to upgrade their desirable 1960-66 truck styles to appeal to an even larger group of people. On the C-10 half-ton trucks made after 1962 modern directional signals were not an optional add-on. For current vintage truck enthusiasts and collectors, this lacking safety feature on the pre-1962 C-10 trucks is something to consider when the vintage truck is being purchased for use on the road.
When the vintage truck craze hit during the late 1970s, only pre-1960 vehicles won favorable reviews at local and national car shows. Today, all first generation C-10 Chevrolet truck styles that were made between 1960 and 1966 are desirable vehicles to consider for show-oriented restoration projects. Since the first generation C-10 trucks were one of the best selling half-ton trucks between 1960 and 1966, all parts are easily available today for original truck restorations and fantasy C-10 truck projects
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