Big-Block Shop Truck: 1972 Chevrolet C10 Pickup

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Classic Pickups aren’t just extremely practical; they can also be enormously entertaining if an owner selects an appropriate engine to slot under the hood. Such is the case with this 1972 Chevrolet C10. Its presentation and interior will turn heads, but the big-block powering this beauty could be the star of the show. This rock-solid gem runs and drives well and would be an ideal promotional vehicle or shop truck. It has something for everyone and deserves a close look.

Chevrolet’s Second Generation C/K truck series graced showroom floors from 1967 until 1972. The company performed a mid-life update for the 1971 model year, tweaking the exterior and interior appearances. Our feature Pickup rolled off the line in 1972, and its first owner selected a color combination of Tangier Orange and Frost White. The seller describes the paint as “driver quality,” suggesting a close inspection may reveal minor flaws and imperfections. It obviously underwent a cosmetic refresh at some point because a couple of listing images reveal the typical scratches and marks in areas like the door jambs. However, it shines beautifully, and the panels are as straight as an arrow. The bed wears a spray-on liner, with the lack of dings and dents suggesting the vehicle has never been abused or mistreated. A couple of underside shots reveal the occasional light dusting of dry surface corrosion but no evidence of anything that might become penetrating rust any time soon. The trim and glass are spotless, and the Rally wheels add a sense of purpose supported by what hides under the hood.

Buyers could order their 1972 C10 with a choice of five engines, but this classic’s first owner went to the top of the class by selecting the 402ci big-block. They teamed the V8 with a three-speed automatic transmission and power assistance for the steering and front disc brakes. Manufacturers transitioned to quoting engine outputs in net figures from 1972, but the 210hp and 320 ft/lbs of torque quoted by the factory were undeniably healthy. The big-block delivers peak torque low in the rev range, making it ideal for hauling heavy loads. The seller doesn’t mention any performance upgrades, although the engine exhales through aftermarket headers. They claim it runs and drives extremely well, and the overall cleanliness of the engine bay suggests there are no long-term leaks or other problems. It appears potential buyers should consider it a turnkey proposition.

The positive vibes continue inside this C10, with its interior presenting nicely. The paint on the lower door corners might be slightly scuffed, but the remaining surfaces look good. The seat wears what appears to be a new vinyl cover, with the floor covered in Black carpet. The door trims and dash are excellent, with no pad deterioration. These vehicles are undeniably practical, although this C10 brings some welcome comfort in the form of air conditioning and a retro-style stereo. The seller states that everything works as it should, reinforcing that the buyer can enjoy this classic immediately.

The seller listed this 1972 Chevrolet C10 here on eBay in Grapevine, Texas. They set their price at $29,500, with the option to make an offer. That price is consistent with market expectations for a vehicle of this caliber with a big-block under the hood. Its presentation is impressive, but there are a couple of small imperfections that I have mentioned that a new owner might wish to address to complete this package. Selecting an appropriate promotional vehicle for a business is challenging, but this beauty could be ideal for a speed or machine shop. Alternatively, someone would buy it and enjoy the C10 as a weekend cruiser. What would you do if you found it parked in your garage?

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  1. Stan

    Did the big block option, automatically include an upgraded rear diff 🤔 from the Factory?
    Sweet lttle truck here.

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  2. BoatmanMember

    A/C is nice, but it doesn’t work without a compressor.

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    • Piros1

      The AC compressor on these is on the passenger side below the alternator.

      It looks to me it has or has had some oil leaks considering the build up on the front an arms and may be from the past. Pretty solid truck as best as I can tell. Would be fun to own even though I prefer the look of the 67-68 models with the lower sloping hood and their front grill. If it were mine it would be a fair weather driver.

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      • Wademo

        Compressor is not there, POA valve is capped off.

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  3. BMan Lewis

    Really nice truck.. add a metal cap and you got Blazer proto type lol

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  4. Joe Haska

    Nice Truck! It will sell fast.

    Like 1

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