About the Chevrolet C/K Line of Pickup Trucks
In 1960, Chevrolet released a line of full-sized pickup trucks. This line of trucks was called the Chevrolet C/K, with the “C” representing two-wheel drive and the “K’ representing four-wheel drive. What made this line of trucks different from the last? This line of trucks had a newly designed, lighter body, which included a drop center ladder and independent front suspension. The combination of these characteristics created a pickup truck which provided passengers with ride that was nearly as smooth as riding in the car.
What Sets the 1969 Chevy C10 Pickup Truck Apart?
The first series of the Chevrolet C/K, which included the years 1960 to 1966, was widely popular among truck drivers, but Chevy wanted to make improvements to the line. In 1967, they released another series of the pickup truck. The 1969 Chevy C10 Pickup was a part of this series, designed to appear more modern, and with added features, including:
- a streamlined, modern design
- rust resistant sheet metal used to build the body of the truck
- smoother ride largely due to coil spring trailing arm rear suspension
- an upgraded 350 CI V-8 Engine
- a brand new design for the grille of the truck
- hood of the truck which was more vertical compared to previous models
- multiple options for trim packages
As a whole, the second series of the Chevrolet C/K was praised for looking more modern than any truck before it’s time. Each year, adjustments and tweaks were made to the truck. This made the 1969 Chevy C10 different from any other truck in the series. One of the big differences between this year, when compared to the previous years, was a steep hood front and a newly designed grille. The new grille included an aluminum grille bar with “Chevrolet” stamped on it as well as parking lights. Owners of the 1969 Chevy C10 Pickup had the option of adding both upper body and lower body trim. Woodgrain banding was available for the lower trim in CST models while black banding was available for the lower trim of custom models. In previous models the parking brake had been hand operated, but in 1969 the parking brake was changed to a foot operated brake. Lastly, some smaller features were added to this pickup including a bow tie in center of the hood and both model and series fender emblems.
Why Collectors Love the 1969 Chevy C10 Truck
The designers of the 1969 Chevy C10 prioritized style, longevity, and quality when creating this truck. The body itself is beautiful to look at — some even call it ageless. Additionally, if the truck is well maintained it drives very well in traffic. Because so many of these trucks were produced, parts are more easily accessible than those of other classic cars, making it a very popular truck for those who love to restore and rebuild classic trucks. As you can see, there are many reasons the 1969 Chevy C10 Pickup is well loved by so many classic truck collectors.