The word “extreme” carries with it a feeling of exaggeration, adventure and excess. An extreme sport might be something like parachuting, windsurfing or high-speed downhill mountain biking. Adrenaline junkies love activities that have an inherent risk and go far beyond the ordinary.
Perhaps as a way to entice those young, adventurous types, Chevrolet affixed the extreme (or, rather, Xtreme) adjective to its compact truck in the late 1990s. The vehicle that started out as an everyday two-wheel-drive S10 pickup received an injection of sporty DNA, with upgrades including special aero treatment, suspension tweaks and a power boost under the hood.
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 2002 Chevrolet S10 Xtreme listed in Manheim, Pennsylvania, by a private seller on ClassicCars.com. The seller of this unique sport truck emphasizes its original nature: “All factory VIN stickers are still present on all body panels. Outstanding 100% original paint – no paint work ever.”
The S10 got its start as an in-house design in the early 1980s after Chevrolet for many years had been using borrowed engineering from Isuzu that it rebadged as the Luv. Key Big 3 competitors rolled out similar-sized pickups under the Ranger and Dakota nameplates, and the marketplace reacted favorably.
It seems the mini-truck provided just the right amount of utility for many American families who didn’t need a heavy hauler, not to mention that compact trucks achieved far better fuel economy in a time when fuel prices had climbed to record highs.
Power for this light-duty hauler comes from a 190-horsepower 4.3-liter Vortec V6 paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. Aside from the obvious aerodynamic flair that sets it apart from a traditional Chevrolet S10, the Xtreme also has a sport suspension package, special machined 16-inch alloy wheels and a soft tonneau cover. This example even takes things a step further since it’s been upgraded with a performance cat-back dual exhaust system.
Perhaps the most compelling attribute of this Indigo Blue regular-cab Chevrolet pickup is its odometer reading, which shows only 13,000 original miles despite the truck being nearly 20 years old. The overall condition corroborates that reading, and the interior of the bed looks like it’s never hauled so much as a cardboard box. Collectors will be pleased to know that accompanying documentation includes the owner’s manual, other books, and the factory window sticker showing a $21,809 original MSRP.
“A true factory sport truck with an aggressive body kit and high-performance suspension, most Xtremes were driven – and driven hard – making spectacular ultra-low-mileage originals like this one very rare today,” the seller notes.
The asking price is $23,900 for the key to this adrenaline booster.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.