Spotless Shorty: 1976 Chevrolet C10 Deluxe

This 1976 Chevy C10 is a fairly basic truck, but it remains in exceptional condition. The short wheelbase look is one of my favorites, as these tend to respond particularly well to a mild suspension drop looks-wise. I’m not suggesting to modify a stock survivor like this, but it sure is tempting. The C10 is listed here on eBay with bidding over $6K and the reserve unmet. 

The seller calls this a farm find example, and it must have been used for trundling into town and not much else. It certainly isn’t a barnyard beater, as the paint looks spotless and there’s no obvious signs of damage up and down the sides. The steel wheels are painted to match and also appear to be practically mint, along with the hubcaps and chrome step bumper.

Inside, a bench seat with no obvious signs of deterioration or damage (well, at least to the cover – you’d have to pull it off to confirm) awaits the next owner, along a three-speed column shift. The seller says it runs quietly with no leaks, and that the truck is reliable enough to be driven across the country tomorrow. Clutch and transmission action is all said to be good as well.

The only work done to the venerable six-cylinder mill is a new alternator; otherwise, the seller seems to indicate that this is a no-needs truck. New tires have also been installed. With attractive gold paint, short wheelbase, and likely very low cost of operation, this survivor C10 looks like a smart buy – depending on the reserve, of course.

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  1. Moparman MoparmanMember

    “The corresponding trim rings on the steel wheels also appear to be practically mint”
    “Inside, a bench seat with no obvious signs of deterioration or damage”

    Sorry, Jeff: There are NO trim rings on the wheels, just hubcaps, and the bench seat has a cover over it, other than those errors, a nice write up about a well kept standard work truck in EXCELLENT condition! :-)

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    • Jeff LaveryStaff

      Moparman, thanks – corrections made.

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  2. geomechs geomechsMember

    I like what I see, and I can safely add that it would be most welcome at my place. However, I am rather skeptical about the paint. GM did offer a shade very similar to that from ‘73 to ‘77 but it wasn’t metallic. The first time I saw this shade of metallic gold was was in 1980.

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  3. Wonson

    I am a bit sceptical. Look at the rust holes on the firewall and the engine was rattle canned. I would want to inspect this one in person as the tin worm loves Chevys from the seventies.

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  4. Dutch 1960

    Not to be “that guy”, but the left front fender looks like a repaint, and you can see where the new paint is blended along the front edge of the driver’s door. That kind of paint is fiendishly difficult to match.

    The aftermarket chrome trim along the top of the tailgate looks brand new and poorly fitted. Look under that thing and you will find out more about this truck. I suspect it was not stuck on there for no reason…

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    • Jwzg

      Would love to have one of these converted to TBI/HEI and an overdrive transmission. Needs A/C as well. Nice weekend cruiser as it sits, but would like a few modern controls and conveniences to make it perfect.

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  5. Mark S.

    I would have to physically look at this one closely too. All the usual places are suspect, front edge of the hood, firewall are showing rust, and the bottom of the driver’s door looks to tweak out a little.
    The metallic paint doesn’t look right to me either, and they could have blown on a few more coats of it too.
    The 250-six is OK but would be much better w/ the 292.
    I guess I’ve ripped into it enough, with all lacking – cool truck.

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  6. Mike

    The 292 was not available in the 1/2 ton trucks. This color was also not stock for year. In fact I have never seen this color offered.

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    • Randy

      The paint color, as far as I know, was only featured in trucks for two years. Those were 58-of which I own one-and 1968, and the “anniversary gold” color was only ever put on a truck with secondary white paint. I agree, the paint is very suspect.

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    • Mark S.

      I’m not saying it had to come with a 292. This isn’t an original truck anyway. I believe there was a baby-poop yellow offered that time period similar to this but it wasn’t in metal flake.

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  7. waynard

    NOT a “survivor”.

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  8. Bakyrdhero

    This is one of those vehicles I thought was boring and ugly as a kid, but I’d like to have it in my driveway now. I don’t care much for the matching gold wheels though. I’d prefer white or even black with a beauty ring. The first vehicle I drive after getting my license was a black one of these. Early eighties model.

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  9. local_sheriff

    That’s a great little C10, and with a highly underrated driveline.You’re definately not gonna win any race in it,but it WORKS and doesn’t cost a fortune to drive.
    Great stripper with fantastic gross color, absolutely love it!

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  10. moosie Craig M Bryda

    Bad paint on the hood, r/s top shows stripes, too bad because at first glance it’s a nice truck & yeah if the mechanicals were tended to properly it’d probably run almost forever. Definitely needs an LS transplant with all the accompanyments.

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  11. John T.

    Bidding has stood at $6,300 since Wednesday, January 30 until this morning (Sunday) when the bid increased to $6,400 and THE RESERVE IS OFF! With only three (3) hours left in the eBay auction it looks like this old Chevy pickup is going to sell. Love the basic 6-cylinder engine with the 3-on-the-tree transmission combination and just wish there were not so many skeptical but validly questionable items about the condition of what appears on the surface to be a rather decent looking truck.

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  12. Jasper

    These square body Chevies only look good as a 3/4 ton. The 1/2 tons just look too big for their wheels and chassis. And all that cat hole in the fenders. I’ll take a similar era Dodge please.

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  13. Ken

    My uncle had one of these, except it was a ’75 GMC Sierra. Light blue, RWD, six cylinder, three on the tree. But for an AM radio, it was as basic as these trucks came. It worked just as hard as any other truck on the wheat farm.

    And stop it with “survivor” already. It’s a meaningless word. All old vehicles that still run are “survivors.”

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  14. Howard A. Howard AMember

    Apparently, I’d be the fool asking $3 grand for mine.( in all fairness, this truck is MUCH nicer than mine) You know the old saying, “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

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  15. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Ended: Feb 03, 2019 , 9:00PM
    Winning bid:US $6,500.00
    [ 34 bids ]

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  16. John B.

    These square bodied chevy 6-cylinders are super dependable; I’ve owned several!
    Unfortunately they are super prone to rust-all of the truck’s that I owned had various degrees of rust but performed their duties quite well. For what it’s worth all of the U.S. made 6 cylinder trucks were work horses, dependable, and simple-most of today’s trucks are boulevard cruisers that are driven empty most of the time and unless you are an electrical wizard with computers and diagnostic equipment you can’t do much in the way of repairs!!!

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