Like New: 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Short Bed

There are only two days remaining in the auction for this Short Wheel Base 1965 Chevrolet C-10 pickup and the bids have already passed the reserve. The truck is located in Iona, Idaho and can be seen here on eBay. We appreciate Larry D for bringing this little truck to our attention. The 1960-1966 Chevrolet and GMC truck market is hot and prices are rising. The C-10 is the designation for the half ton Chevrolet pick up and this one is bid to $19,100.

The interior of the truck has been repainted to match the exterior. Typically, the standard interior color was light fawn which is kind of a tan/gold. A number of new replacement parts were used to build this truck and it looks really nice. The factory radio has been replaced with a modern unit. The seat has been recovered and the glass, dash, gauges and steering wheel have also been replaced. The seller chose to install carpet on the floor that looks very nice.

The Chevrolet C-10 base engine in 1965 was the 250 cubic inch inline 6 cylinder engine. A buyer could opt for a larger 292 cubic inch inline 6 cylinder engine or the 283 cubic inch V8 engine. The seller does not say what cubic inch this engine is but it is backed by a 4 speed manual transmission. The ad states that the truck also has a positive rear differential and runs and drives great. The engine compartment looks very nice but the seller mentions that it needs paint. It looks fine to me.

The truck has been the recipient of new chrome bumpers, light bezels and a new grill. Overall, it looks like the truck has received a lot of attention and a lot of money was spent on the build. The only negative the seller mentions is that the passenger inner rocker needs to be repaired. While there are not any up close pictures of this area, it must be rust that has decayed this area. The wheels and tires are new and it looks like the bed has been replaced with a very nice aftermarket kit.

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  1. Drew

    Why use a modern radio? The stock radios can be converted with modern guts for about the same price maybe more if blue tooth and usb are included. Worth the price without carving up the dash. Beautiful truck.

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  2. doone

    Looks like the valve cover on the 292 circuit to me.

  3. gbvette62

    It looks like a 250 I6 to me, the fuel pump is mounted behind the right side motor mount on 292’s, and in front of the mount on 250’s. If it still has the original trans, for all practical purposes that 4 speed is really a 3 speed, with a super low “granny gear” first gear.

    Nice little pick up! I think I’d be tempted to drop a small block and an overdrive 5 or 6 speed in it though, or at least add a 4bbl intake and headers to the I6, and an overdrive trans.

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  4. AZVanman

    My Dads base ’65 had a 230, and my friends loaded ’65 had a 327. I thought the 250 debuted in 66.

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    • Bob C.

      Nope, the 250 debuted in 65. It was the only year both the 230 and 250 were available in full size Chevys. After that, just the 250. I’m guessing this is a 292, because the smaller sixes were painted red during this time. Am I right?

  5. AAAZDAD Member

    If this was built originally as a “custom” cab as the chrome pillar trim indicates wouldn’t it have had the large back glass? Either way though, it is a super sharp little truck!

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    • Chuck Dickinson

      Big back window was a separate option. Maybe MOST Custom Cabs had one, but not all.

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      • AAAZDAD Member

        Thanks, I had wondered about that! My Grandfather had one, blue w/white top and the big glass and I really didn’t remember the particulars, but that was way back when these were new.

  6. Pugsy

    Driver’s front has some assembly issues.

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