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Remember when Chevy built R/V pickup trucks?

Pick of the Day is a customized 1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10


With Chevrolet’s full-size C/K pickup trucks getting a mid-year redesign in the spring of 1987, the carry-over versions that launched the 1987 model year were re-identified as the R (4×2) and V (4×4), respectively. One of those 1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10 vehicles, being offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Arlington, Texas, is Pick of the Day.

The introduction of the 1988-model C/K trucks meant the R/V would be the last of their generation, but they were still popular enough that production continued into the 1988 model year as well.

As the seller notes in the truck’s advertisement, the change to R/V designation wasn’t the only update, “because the electric throttle-body fuel injection and powertrain control module were also incorporated into the trucks. This makes it a unique pickup that was born at a time when Chevrolet was incorporating more modern features and transitioning to new designs.

1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10, Remember when Chevy built R/V pickup trucks?, ClassicCars.com Journal

“So if you are looking for a nice square-body pickup, this is the model to get to make sure you have the box look with all the greatest available for the times.”

Not only did Chevrolet update the truck back in the 1980s, but the one on offer was redone by Rad Rods of Texas, “and actually belongs to the owner,” the dealership notes.

“So not only was it professionally built but was made personally for the owner of the company so you know no expense spared. The truck had a complete restoration in 2019 and although the cab was not removed from the frame during the build, the bed was…

“The paint is a Brown Bronze Metallic base coat/clear coat which has a beautiful finish. Depending on how the light hits it the truck can almost go from a really dark Brown, almost Black to a nice copper color. 

“They added a steel 2-inch cowl hood and new bumpers. In fact, all of the stock style chrome and trim throughout is new. All of the glass is good as well and the weatherstripping entirely redone to ensure everything seals perfectly. The truck rides on custom 20-inch Ridler wheels and a new set of Nitto tires.”

1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10, Remember when Chevy built R/V pickup trucks?, ClassicCars.com Journal

The truck is powered by its original 350cid V8 that has been “freshened up” and “runs very well.” 

The transmission is a 700R4 automatic with overdrive. 

The truck has air conditioning, front disc brakes and a new steering box.

“The interior of the truck has been completely redone. It nicely incorporates a somewhat factory style with customizations. It has a Snowden bench seat which is very comfortable and done in Brown leather…

“The dash has a mostly original look except in front of the driver a new tilt column with custom steering wheel was added. The power window system received new regulators and is working correctly as are the power locks.

“The bed of the truck looks good and has a Black liner to keep it protected.”

1987 Chevrolet Silverado R10, Remember when Chevy built R/V pickup trucks?, ClassicCars.com Journal

The dealer adds that the trucks’ body style remains popular and “could be proudly shown off at car shows but still handle any job like your typical pickup later that same day. That is one of the coolest parts about owning a classic pickup. They were built to work hard, perform and still have a unique look people like checking out at shows.”

The truck is on sale for $28,750. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. According to recent pricing, your friend s 1965 Chevy C20 pickup is listed as $21,420, which is the average retail price on NADA Classic vehicle pricing. I d then add another $3,500 for the excellent condition antique camper, the latter which is just a guess on my part. The bottom line is your friend had a great 1965 Chevy pickup and matching camper and whoever bought it in 2009 is probably sitting on a unit with a book value worth in the neighborhood of $24,400 today to the right buyer. It could be worth more or less depending on what the buyer is willing to pay as I have emphasized many times that prices listed in classic car guides are estimates at best. (Someone might be able to buy the entire unit for $15,000, which would be on the lower end of NADA pricing). Additionally, the high retail for the truck alone is $52,200 with the 292-six and $57,800 if it has the 327-V8, in pristine shape of course.


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