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Barrett-Jackson Houston Preview: 1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup

Luv ya Blue

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The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee after the 1996 season. Twenty-six years later the Astrodome remains empty, and the Oilers are missed by those that haven’t embraced the Houston Texans. If you remember Earl Campbell, and “Luv ya Blue” still resonates then this 1980 Chevrolet K10 4×4 Houston Oilers tribute pickup available at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Houston auction is for you.

“Originally won in a raffle in the Houston Astrodome in March of 1980, this 1980 Chevy K10 4×4 Custom Deluxe is an original dealer limited edition tribute truck to the Houston Oilers and Bum Phillips, their famed coach of that era,” the listing states. “The truck’s custom name is “The Roughneck”, a salute to the Houston Oilers’ mascot, and the nickname coach Bum Phillips.”

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1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The K10 has been fully restored with new body panels and was repainted to match its original colors. A ceramic coating was applied to the paint with a rock chip protectant film over the bottom red stripe. It has been upgraded with a custom red painted roll bar and a chrome step rail.

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1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

This Houston Oilers inspired Chevrolet K10 pickup has a new interior with custom seats. Amenities include a sound system, and brand-new air conditioning and heat.

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1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

Under the hood is a new Chevrolet 350ci V8 by BluePrint Engines that has a factory-rated 380 horsepower. The K10’s original three-speed automatic transmission was rebuilt and the original NP205 transfer case has been freshly rebuilt with new gears and bearings.

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1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The front and rear driveshafts are new. It also features new axles, bearings and gearing in both front and rear with 3:73 ratio. The original custom aluminum wheels were repainted with Oilers blue accents and feature new 33-inch General Grabber tires. 

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1980 Chevy K10 Houston Oilers tribute pickup (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The Barrett-Jackson 2022 Houston Auction runs from October 20-22, 2022 at the NRG Center.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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