Low-mileage survivor: ’63 Chevy C/K 10 Step-Side pickup truck

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The Chevy pickup looks very clean despite an older repaint

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.

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GM designers applied carlike styling to the C/K

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.”

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The pickup is said to be a Texas truck since 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.”

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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.

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The interior looks original, with an aftermarket cover on the seat

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.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Here is another B.S story about original mileages. The mileage showing, shows 22996. But still the two 9s are not inline with the two 2s and the 6. I am sure that coming from the factory they would be inline. Why is it that people do not know that G.M build’s into there speedos, that when they turn over 100.000 miles the numbers are not inline. Also, that motor compartment is no way a 229996 motor. Please try and be honest on your reporting. Thanks E

    • I agree 100% with the first comment, this is being misrepresented as a low-mileage vehicle. The dash has been painted, you can see where they taped it off in a couple of the pictures and the engine looks pretty bad for "only" 23,000 miles. Why can’t people just be honest? It’s a nice enough looking truck but not a $22,000 dollar original. As well, you guys shouldn’t feature any questionable vehicle as a Pick of the Day as this one clearly is.

  2. That powertrain is so reliable I had that one for many many years, the color will never be used again that this truck was painted in. So sixties.

  3. I love the 63 to 65 Chevy trucks, step side and fleet side, my buddy back in 1977 had a cherry 63 step side with a 6 cylinder in it he rebuilt, I used to give him a hard time because he did not plop in a 396 or better yet a 454 Big Block Rat motor, today I see the value of a sweet running motor running like a swiss watch as my Grandfather used to say.
    My Uncle had a 65 fleet side 3/4 ton, 292 ci 6 cylinder ,4 speed with a granny 1st gear, He made the body perfect, had it painted and everything was rebuilt steering to rear end, he loved that truck, after a year he wrapped it (literally) around a tree on Coldwater canyon road,totaling the truck and killing the tree which the city billed him for!
    He had a home then on Coldwater canyon on a hillside with a steep & winding 350 foot long driveway, he used to put the truck in granny low, 1st gear and idle that big old 292 ci inline 6 cylinder all the way up that steep driveway, he loved the low end torque of that old truck.
    Memories.

  4. Nice truck but there is far to much rust to have been garage kept.
    The painted grille is missing the original 63 only black bezel treatment.
    Missing the black behind the grille on the grille support.
    Chrome bumper bolts with a painted bumper?
    Interior paint is wrong color and to gloss.
    Wear on the rubber brake pedal pad?
    Heater knob is from a 64-66 , not the correct setup for a Chevrolet Deluxe Heater system..
    Harrison decal missing on heater box in the engine compartment..
    Firewall in engine compartment should not be black.
    Built in St. Louis plant , however this is the first that I’ve seen that the production sequence number stars with 2.
    Seat vinyl is Ivory instead of Fawn?
    Seat belt is correct 5 web design. Clasp stamped Irving Airchute Co.? Model 5000
    Replacement Choke cable with generic knob.
    Cigarette Lighter was a dealer installed Accessory. Correct knob.

    Nice truck but need to drop the All Original part.
    Correct Air Cleaner top. 63 Concave , 64 up convex.
    Tower Clamps and Hog Rings are gone.
    Not the right hubcaps on the truck. The one’s showing are 1966.
    Mirror arms should be body color and the mirror heads black. Not mounted in the factory mounting holes.
    Wood floor and metal strips should be black in the box. Southern White Pine was used originally.
    Correct Day/Night rear view mirror .
    T-3’s from 1967 up replacement bulbs.

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