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Found In England: 1974 Chevrolet C10

This 1974 Chevrolet C10 short wheelbase pickup features a 7.0L V8 and the desirable stepside bed, along with what looks like decent paint and the sharp Rally wheels that are a great OEM look for a truck of this era. There’s just one hitch: you’re going to have a fairly heavy transport bill if this is the truck you need to have, as it’s currently located in Kings Langley, England. There’s a small but dedicated contingent of American car and truck fans over in the UK, and this Chevy still appears to have its U.S. plate mounted up front – was it recently imported? Find it here on Facebook Marketplace f0r £15,000.

I can’t quite make out the state, but I want to say it’s Michigan. Regardless, it’d be wild if the previous owner recognized their old truck as now living on the other side of the ocean, living in perhaps a town with the most British name possible: Kings Langley. It’s hard to imagine a truck as quintessentially American as the classic C10 residing in the land of Range Rovers and afternoon tea, but if we can learn to love the wonky electrical bits of a Jaguar XJS, it seems fair that our British counterparts should learn to appreciate the charm of 10 miles per gallon. This one has low mileage of just 75,000 KMs.

I just recently sold a truck very similar to this off of my friend’s property in Georgia, right down to the maroon paint and stepside bed. That truck was a four-wheel-drive model; this one is clearly two-wheel drive and looks to have had the suspension dropped in the front end. It’s too bad the rear has been left jacked up, as it’d look quite slick with a lower ride height all around, in my opinion. The seller doesn’t note the truck’s history or how it got here, nor does he detail any recent maintenance that’s been performed, simply stating that after a bit of “fettling,” it’s good to go.

While it doesn’t always seem that way, there are plenty of enthusiasts in the U.K. and other countries that love American cars, trucks and will go to the length of importing one if it’s the exact model they’ve been looking for. In many cases, our vehicles have less rust and other issues that plague vintage cars residing in typically damp regions that the U.K. is famous for, but I mostly see that level of effort extended to air-cooled VWs and Porsches. Regardless, this is the sort of truck that would find a buyer in the states fairly quickly; I wonder how long it will take to sell in old Blighty?

Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Blimey, always nice to wake up to this.That’s a California plate, and it’s great to see this nonsense is getting around the world. L15,000 is about $20,500 yanks, so the madness continues. This is a nice one, stepsides are almost non-existent, and nothing was done to the front. A big block and sacked out springs cause that “lowrider” look. I was surprised, shipping a car overseas, costs about $1,100 bucks, port to port, you still gotta get it home, with a 30 day delivery window( gulp). It cost more to ship my daughters car from Cal. to Co. Nice find, blokes.

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    • Steve Clinton

      “so the madness continues.”
      I totally agree!

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  2. angliagt angliagt Member

    Curious – why is it “great to see this nonsense getting –
    around the world”? I’d like to see affordable prices on these
    again.

    I really like this body style of truck.Had a co-worker who
    bought one new in ’73.It was a Root Beer color,with Appliance
    Wire Mag wheels,& a canopy with smoked plastic windows.

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    • Howard A Member

      Sarcastic remark, to promote some sort of sanity, I’m offering mine for what apparently is a smokin’ deal. I got a deal, that should, or used to be passed on to the next person. No, I won’t make thousands off someone, but I can rest assured, I didn’t add to this 5 figure foolishness.

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  3. Steve Clinton

    Thanks, I needed a good laugh!

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  4. Miguel

    Jeff, you don’t know what a blue and yellow California plate looks like?

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  5. William

    You know, they just don’t give away petrol in Jolly Ol’ England, not then, not now. Who would import it there? I understand the allure of a high performance car, the well heeled don’t care about the price of fuel, but they do care about image. The image here doesn’t say English Lord at his country estate, it says Redneck American. In my experience, snobbery is at a rarified level there. The class system never really died, and the lower classes who this might appeal to could never afford it or its upkeep, much less the petrol. Maybe it was a serviceman who got it there via Uncle Sam’s dime and got cheap fuel on base, that is the only scenario I can imagine as anywhere near correct.

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    • Steve R

      From your post it seems alive and well on this side of the pond. Stereotypes are either a lazy or ignorant way to push a narrative, they are always a two way street.

      Steve R

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      • William

        Son, have you ever been to Britain? Some of us have and know of what we speak. But you right about one thing, it has begun to bloom on these shores as well, esp the past 40 years or so. I guess we should consider ourselves lucky, no need to travel to far away places to observe the modern day equivalent of the cast system.

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      • Steve R

        I’ve been there more than once. Have you? “Snobbery” come from all economic backgrounds, it’s an arrogance built around ones way of thinking not the size of their bank account.

        Steve R

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    • Howard A Member

      This site just gets better and better, now we’re slinging insults overseas. Why can’t we all get along,, :) For the record, England or not, money is the root of all evil and not more prevalent than in the classic car hobby today.

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    • CVPanther Member

      The irony here is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
      Look inward, William.

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