Tough Truck: 1985 Chevrolet C-10 Silverado

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If you want to really stand out in a crowd, then perhaps owning a vehicle like this 1985 Chevrolet C-10 Silverado is just the thing that you’re looking for. It’s an attractive and muscular looking beast that is located in Stafford, Missouri. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay with a BIN price of $14,200.

There’s no doubt that the Desert Sand Metallic paint suits the Silverado really well. There are a number of imperfections in the paint on the hood, but the rest of the vehicle looks pretty good. The interior of the bed is in surprising condition for a pickup of this age, with only some minor scuffing, but no major dings or dents that would normally suggest that it has been subject to major use or abuse. Dropping the ride height and fitting those impressive looking 20″ Detroit Steel wheels contribute to the purposeful look of the Silverado.

It may not be the most muscular of engines to find its way into a pickup, but there’s really not a lot wrong with the 5-liter V8 fitted to the Silverado. It has recently been treated to rebuilt heads, along with a new MSD distributor, and a 600 CFM Edelbrock carburetor. The Silverado is also fitted with a TH350 automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. The factory air conditioning has also recently received a new compressor and has been converted to R134. The owner does say that the vehicle runs well and is very reliable.

If you buy the Silverado, you won’t need to spend one red cent on the interior. It’s basically all new, from the carpet to the dash pad. The factory AM/FM stereo radio has been treated to new speakers, the seat has a new cover, the vents are new, and so are the door trims. The Silverado has also been fitted with plenty of insulating material to provide the occupants with plenty of peace and quiet. The factory cruise control currently isn’t working, but the power windows, power locks, and the previously mentioned A/C all work perfectly. One interesting little addition to the gauges is the fitting of a tachometer and fuel gauge out of a C60. This was the owner’s choice and allowed him to retain the factory clock. That’s a pretty smart piece of detailed thinking.

While it might not be perfect, this 1985 Silverado is a nice vehicle nonetheless. It wouldn’t take much to make it perfect, but it will still stand out and grab attention exactly as it stands now. Pickups are continuing to grow in popularity, both in the used and classic market, as well as in new vehicle sales. I don’t see this trend changing any time in the near future.

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  1. HoA Howard AMember

    Hmm, maybe I should put those “clown wheels” on my GMC,,,nah. Looks silly.

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    • PatrickM

      Yup!! Those wheels gotta be replaced, unless you like the low rider look. I particularly do not think this made the grade for a low rider truck. If it were to be, it needs the top chopped. then, you might have something. That being said, this is a very good looking truck, a little high priced and needs a bigger engine. 5 liter = approximately 307 ci. More cubes = more desirability, IMO. Say a crate 350??

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    • Bob

      They look ridiculous. Looks like something a punk would drive. Add underbody colored lights and a 10,000-watt sound system and you’d have an authentic punk-mobile. Oh–and hydraulics.
      I’d restore the factory stance and source some appropriate rims and tires. A truck like this deserves it.

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    • thor

      it looks good

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  2. Tom

    Isn’t it strange that in the entire history of trucks, no truck manufacturer thought it made any sense to produce a lowered truck? Gee wiz. I wonder why?

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    • Tim

      Tom, you are wrong. The S10 Extreme was came from the factory lowered 2” front and 2” rear.

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    • Steve R

      The GMC Syclone and Ford Lightening come to mind.

      Steve R

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      • Tom

        Try carrying anything heavier than a loaf of bread in one of those.

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      Mass markting to a national audience and a few fed regulations made that style a no go for production. Aftermarket vendors like Bell Tech, installers like Traders’ Trucks and savvy dealers like Richard Hibbard Chevrolet in Clairmont Ca. made a blue fortune selling modified-to-order trucks through the 90s. They were considered by some to be ‘the sports cars of the 90s’. i produced a ‘Wild About Wheels’ episode back then that showcased them.
      The performance and handling was impressive partly due to the emissions loopholes enabled for light trucks. Ive driven a few and i flat love ’em.
      Only issue is that California roads are crap now, so the rubber band tires have passed their prime. Put 40series tires on 18″ rally style rims this thing’d be perfect.

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  3. Little_Cars Alexander

    Seems like a pretty good deal for the money. Looks like some green was spent to get the interior and drivetrain sorted out. Guessing the seller will be upside down at $14, 200. If you took those wheels off and brought the ride height back up to standard, you could use this truck as it was intended.

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  4. Ted

    This truck is exceptional and I’d hope the person that buys it throws those rims into the first homeless guy’s shopping cart he sees.

    Like 9
  5. Bluetec320 Bluetec 320

    The first time you floor it in the passing lane, you’re going to peg that diesel tach.

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  6. RobB

    I like the street rod vibe. Just need a little more sidewall on the tires. Other than that, it is nicely done.

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  7. Comet

    Put left door hinges on your to-do list.

    Like 6
  8. KevinLee

    The stance is perfect. This is no longer a work truck. That’s why they call them sport trucks. Chopped tops don’t look right on these box trucks, throws the perportions off. This being one man’s opinion of course.

    Like 9
  9. Saylor

    The rims are the worst thing about this truck well other than the color…

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  10. RichS

    Guess I am the only one that doesn’t hate the wheels. I much prefer these to most of what is out there in dubland (20″).

    Saw these on a 3 door Suburban and loved them.

    Like 7
  11. James Cardy

    I knew all the haters would be posting on this. Why not just give your keyboard a break and just comment on the ones you do like?

    Like 4
  12. Joe Haska

    It is obvious by the comments, most of you are not in touch with the popularity of these C-10 pick-ups. At the ARZ. Good-Guys event a few weeks ago, one of the biggest contengencys of specific vehicles was C-10 P/U’s. The price on this truck seems right on the mark ,for what I have seen. I understand that many of you don’t see or understand the popularity, of a lowered short box P/U, thats fine, but understand they are popular, so if you want a P/U look for a long box 4-Wheel Drive work truck, and you might find something you like in your price range.

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  13. Miguel

    I agree with many of the comments here. Combining those skinny side walled tires and the lowering of the truck would make this unbearable to ride in.

    A buddy bought a 2016 Hyundai Sana Fe Sport. The tires had such thin side walls that on the way back from Guadalajara, I felt every bump and rock on the highway.

    I am sure this truck is even worse adding in the lowered suspension.

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  14. T. Miller

    When a vehicle becomes a classic it is no longer a work horse. Appreciate it for what it is and how well it looks because you will not see too many that clean. This not a daily driver or a work horse.

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