Sometimes, the lure of the open road comes down to something basic, like a vintage pickup truck. Something like the Pick of the Day, a 1963 Chevrolet C/K 10 Step-Side in rare low-mileage condition.
The pickup is mostly original, aside from an older repaint in its original green color and new wood for the bed floor, according to the Fredericksburg, Texas, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. But it’s the mileage for this workaday vehicle that seems remarkable, at just under 23,000.
Most pickups were purchased in those days with one object in mind: work. They were designed to be sturdy implements for the farm or construction site, by no stretch collector vehicles to be cherished and preserved.
But that was apparently the case with this one. The Chevy is a Texas truck that was garage kept and lightly used, and has had just two owners in its 56 years, the seller says.
“The fellow I bought it from said he has been around this truck for its entire life,” the dealer says in the ad. “It was sold in San Antonio new.”
The truck is equipped with its factory 230cid High Torque inline-6 engine and 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission.
“The original AM radio works, all the glass is original, believe it or not it still has T-3 headlights, and I noticed it still has spiral shocks on the rear,” the seller notes in the ad. “This is truly an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind truck.”
While some collectors might want to keep the Chevy pickup in pristine condition, I would take it out and drive it, turning back time in this classic survivor. I’d want to use it to pick up home-project supplies at Home Depot, as well as explore interesting back roads at the modest speeds for which it was designed.
The Step-Side (that was the Chevy model name in the ’60s) looks handsome in the photos with the ad, the cheeky back fenders emphasizing the old-school style. While the paint was redone in 1994, the ad says, it looks in the pictures like it’s holding up well.
The engine compartment needs cleaning up, and the bench seat has an aftermarket cover, though doubtful that the seat would be heavily worn with so few miles, as stated.
The asking price for this rarity is $22,500.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.