Spotless Presentation: 1979 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup

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Stating that a particular classic may be the best example in existence is a bold call, but I am willing to stick out my neck with this 1979 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup. Its overall presentation is stunning, and a close inspection of the supplied photos reveals no apparent issues or problems. It is as close as you are likely to get to finding a showroom-fresh vehicle of this era, and it needs a new home. Located in Woodland Hills, California, the C-10 is listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN of $21,900, and there are currently fifty-two people watching the listing.

It seems that this C-10 was the recipient of at least a partial restoration in the past. The beige paint is a shade called “Neutral,” which was applied at that point. The timeframe is unclear, but it retains an impressive shine, with no visible flaws or defects. It cloaks panels that are equally immaculate, but the big news with this classic is that it appears rust-free. The panels look super clean, and the seller doesn’t mention any problems with the Pickup’s underside. If the C-10 has spent most of its life in its current location, that will have stacked the odds in its favor on that front. The bed is concealed by a newer contrasting Brown cover, which protects the stunning timber and paint in as-new condition. The glass is excellent, including the sliding rear window. The wheels wear a fresh coat of white paint, while the hubcaps, trim, and chrome front bumper appear flawless. Adding a touch of practicality is a step rear bumper.

Some of our readers will be disappointed to lift this Stepside’s hood and not find a V8. The seller indicates that the vehicle houses its original 250ci six-cylinder engine that produces 125hp and 205 ft/lbs of torque. The power finds its way to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual transmission, while the original owner’s decision to include power steering and front disc brakes should make the driving experience anything but a chore. The seller states that the drivetrain has been appropriately maintained, and the engine bay presentation shows no evidence of long-term neglect or fluid leaks. He raises the prospect of an engine transplant to a V8 providing more power, but given this classic’s originality and the fact that it runs and drives well, I would preserve it untouched.

If the C-10’s exterior presentation is impressive, its interior serves us more of the same. The seat wears Tan cloth and vinyl upholstery that looks new. There are no signs of wear, marks, or physical damage. The door trims and carpet are equally spotless, while the dash and pad have avoided the deterioration and cracks that can plague vehicles of this type and age. I would generally be critical of aftermarket additions in a case like this, but I am willing to cut the owner some slack in this case. He has installed a retro-look AM/FM stereo to provide entertainment on the move, while the under-dash gauge cluster helps monitor engine bay health.

I may have seemed fulsome in my praise for this 1979 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup, but I believe its overall condition makes it worthy of that approach. It is hard to find anything of which to be critical, and I feel that it would not look out of place on a Chevrolet showroom floor today. It appears to need nothing, and there’s little doubt that it would draw crowds and favorable comments wherever it goes. It is not the cheapest C-10 on the market today, but its general condition probably justifies the asking price. If you have a classic Pickup on your Wish List, would you be tempted by this Stepside?

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  1. HoA Howard AMember

    :0,,, GOTT EN HIMMEL,,,I’ll be blunt. Unbelievable find, 6 cylinder for a changing world, and naturally, they’re nuts.

    Like 10
  2. Stevieg

    Nothing original about this truck. New paint, interior redone (not correct, but very nice), so if the buyer were so inclined, I would see nothing wrong with a nice crate 350 behind the 3 on the tree.
    In fact, as much as I like me an inline 6, that is probably what I would do with this little truck.
    I think half of the buy it now asking price is high for what it is, but the way the market seems to be changing, not for long.

    Like 7
  3. TomP

    Aftermarket radio = hacksawed dashboard, hacksawed door panels, and cut wires everywhere…. Whatever it takes to hear music.

    Like 3
    • David Harold

      From the tiny piece of the radio I can see in the pictures, it looks like a standard two-knob updated version that fits in the factory location-no cutting. Retro Autosound and other manufacturers carry these for GM vehicles.

      Like 5
  4. gbvette62

    God there’s a lot of BS going on in that eBay listing, it sounds like it was written by a romance novel writer.

    Normally I like 70’s square body Chevy step sides, but something about this one is missing. Obviously the boring beige color doesn’t help, and though the black walls, white wheels and dog dish caps are typical of most 1/2 ton, square body pick ups, they don’t help this truck any. As clean and nice appearing as this truck is, it’s just not a very attractive truck.

    I do like the square bodies though. I owned a similar 73 1/2 ton Custom with a 250 six and a 3 on the tree, but it was a dark green, 8′ box, Fleetside. At the same time my cousin had a 73 350 powered 3/4 ton, 4×4 Cheyenne crew cab. Both of our trucks rusted away to nothing within a few years, which was typical of the early square bodies, but they were still good trucks.

    Like 7
  5. Evan

    If this thing came with power brakes, somebody removed them. The M/C is bolted straight to the firewall, without a booster in sight.

    Like 4
    • Bill D

      Stopping a full size pickup with front disc brakes and no power assist must take a fair bit of pedal effort. I’ve driven cars with disc brakes and no power assist but they were typically very small–things like Ford Pinto, MGB, Triumph Spitfire, etc. By contrast if a car has drums in the front those are self-energizing and you can stop a fairly large car without huge pedal effort. I drove a fair number of 1960s land barges with large V8s and power steering but no power brakes. One of my best friends in high school had a ’68 Mercury like that.

      Like 2
  6. Glenn SchwassMember

    Nice truck. More than I’d want to spend but those years do nothing for me. Someone will save it.

    Like 1
  7. Psychofish2

    “Some of our readers will be disappointed to lift this Stepside’s hood and not find a V8.”

    Not this one.

    Plenty of other trucks out there with V8s.

    Beautiful truck.

    Like 6
  8. Ray Wilson

    I like it,I had a 1980 chev C10 stepside,6cyl.3 speed column shift,white,I loved and enjoyed it very much.I would pay 20,000.00 for this truck delivered to me.

    Like 2
  9. Frank DMember

    Another overpriced pickup truck. Why? Because it the rage or the market is pushing 4 wheeling. Time to Hellcat and slam this over rated truck. Don’t forget 22 in. wheels. Then you dump all your nest egg into a truck that’s really worth half of the money.

    Like 0
  10. Howebrad460Member

    Now this is nice!!! I love base model examples, and am thrilled to see it has the 250ci six cylinder. Nothing wrong with V8s but it’s much more rare to see one that still retains the original six, not to mention the 3 on the tree. Cool truck. I big high priced for my taste, but who knows maybe someone will feel it’s worth it.

    Like 0

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