At its core, the primary purpose of a pickup truck is utility – whether it’s towing, hauling or traversing rough terrain. With that in mind, truck engineers have historically worked hard to maximize every square inch – or cubic foot – of available cargo space.
But one type of pickup seems to give up a little bit of function in the name of form. Enter the “stepside” body design.
The Pick of the Day is a 1992 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE listed for sale in Greer, South Carolina, by a private seller on ClassicCars.com. At three decades old, most pickups still on the road have put in enough work and enough miles to look their age. This truck seems about as showroom-fresh as they get, and it has only 62,500 miles on the odometer.
“This truck was purchased new by the owner when they lived in San Diego, California,” the listing states. “It has never been abused, wrecked or repainted. While the paint is not perfect, it is exceptionally nice for GM paint of the era, benefitting from being garage-kept.”
The fourth generation of Chevrolet C/K series of pickup trucks launched in model year 1988, with the Sierra nameplate being applied to the GMC equivalent full-size lineup. The body style went by the internal codename GMT400 and was offered in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab configurations with a variety of cargo beds types.
Among those was the stepside truck, which had a flared-out rear fender, an inset bed wall, and a running-board-style step between the fender and the cab. Early GM pickups carried that design language overall until the 1958 Apache, which debuted what GM called the fleetside design with straight outside panels and a wheel wells within the bed.
This two-wheel drive, regular-cab pickup is powered by a 5.0-liter V8, and maintenance is reported to be up to date – including the tires.
“Recent maintenance includes some exhaust work, A/C conversion, and alternator,” the seller says. Under the hood, a few bits of dust are visible, but the seller explains, “The engine bay was not detailed on purpose ao that people could see how original the truck is.”
The interior looks as well-preserved as the rest of the truck, with gray cloth buckets, a center console, and the period-correct Delco AM/FM cassette. That radio, incidentally, is the only thing that’s currently inoperative from a mechanical perspective, according to the ad.
The seller is asking $17,900 for this lightly used and fashionable stepside pickup truck.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.