Underrated Chevy Trucks

August 9th, 2019 by

Classic Chevy Truck Passing New Chevy Truck on the road

Choosing to buy a used Chevy truck is one of the better decisions to be made if you’re looking into pickup trucks. Trucks are gaining popularity among a wide variety of people for the simple fact that they are extremely functional, and used trucks can be found in outstanding condition and for a fraction of the price. When buying used Chevy trucks, you know you’re getting a reliable pickup at a reasonable price. I could write all day about the Silverado or Colorado because they’re amazing trucks, but I want to cover the less common Chevy trucks that can still be purchased today.

Chevrolet Advance Design

After WWII, the Advance Design was redesigned to become a vastly better version of the AK series that came before it. During its years, this model had adopted an in-dash radio, a manual transmission shifter located on the column rather than the floor, and telescopic shock absorbers. Speedometers increased from 80 MPH to 90 MPH, and a few other minor accent details had been updated. The only major design changes happened within the last two years, with updated lights, grille, cargo bed rails, dashboard, and steering wheel. From 1947 when the Advance Design was first available, to 1955 when it was replaced by the Chevrolet Task Force, Chevy trucks held the title for number one in sales in the United States. You can still buy it as a used Chevy truck, but due to aging, there’s a chance it now resembles Mater from the movie Cars.

Chevrolet Task Force

In late 1955, the Chevrolet Task Force took over where the Advance Design left. There were a lot of groundbreaking firsts with this model, like a wrap-around windshield, a 12-volt electrical system, and a V8 engine. The fenders incorporated single headlights and an emblem that was mounted directly underneath. Modifications were made to the emblem, grille, and hood during the majority of its span, but more major changes happened in the last few years. The Task Force took on a new fleetside bed, changing its dimensions. More lights were added as well as changes to the grille, but for the first year, it had factory equipped with air conditioning. 1959 was the last year that Task Force models were built, but you can still buy this used Chevy truck on classic car sites.

Chevrolet C/K

Next up is the Chevrolet C/K from 1960 to 2002 in the United States. What separates the C and K isn’t significant, but the C means it is two-wheel drive, and the K is four-wheel drive.

The first generation lasted from 1960 to 1966, breaking even more ground than its predecessor. The cab sat lower and had an independent front suspension. Torsion bar front suspension with trailing arm suspension rears were incorporated in 1960, 1961, and 1962 model years. Eight engine options and three transmission options were available during the first generation as well.

The second generation began in 1967 with a much more modern exterior appearance. This was the only year that a smaller rear window was available. The next few years saw improvements on the fenders, grille, windows, logo placements, and a custom comfort and convenience interior package became available. The C/K saw the most changes in 1971, especially interior updates like AM/FM radio. Braking was improved from drum brakes to disc brakes. Powertrain options for this generation are impressive with multiple engine availabilities and new transmission availabilities.

The third and final generation of the C/K took it from 1973 to 1987, though development started in 1968. Models in this generation were also known as, “square body,” or, “box body,” because of the front end of the truck, even with a redesigned exterior. Chevy steered away from the typical American pickup truck look and toward a look based around curved edges and rounded corners. These changes were made as an effort to improve fuel efficiency and aerodynamics. Also new to this generation was high tensile strength carbon steel ladder-type frame, more steering controls, braking controls, and power assist. Eleven engine options and six transmission options are available over the years in this generation allows for a varied payload and towing capacity. With time, convenience features and technologies were either updated or incorporated in order to adapt to the oncoming electronic advancements.

Chevrolet El Camino

Even though the El Camino was based on a passenger car, it’s inspiration came from a truck and a car, so it still remains one of the most iconic Chevy vehicles. Though very different, it was introduced around the time that the Task Force was stopping production, which was around 1959. The El Camino integrated cab and cargo bed into a two-door station wagon. The first El Camino was only available from 1959 to 1960, but production picked back up from 1964 to 1987.

1964 to 1967 was the El camino’s second generation. This generation had six engine options and three transmission options, though lacking the power that the Chevelle had. It got a facelift in the last year with the front bumper, trim, and grille.

The third generation of the El Camino, from 1968 to 1972 granting it more length and performance updates. All minor appearance for the interior and exterior were updated until 1970 when a few El Caminos were given the most powerful engine available at that time, the LS6 454 CID engine. There were still six engine options and four transmission options available to otherwise choose from.

The fourth generation of the El Camino lasted from 1973 to 1977 where it was redesigned to match the Chevelle. It had two trim levels, the base model and the SS. The powertrain included five engine options and three transmission options. One of the most important upgrades was the truck’s visibility, which improved due to thin windshield pillars and a few other structural changes.

The fifth-generation takes the El Caminos last years, 1978 to 1987. Four trim levels became available, the classic, Black Knight or Royal Knight, Conquista and Super Sport. It was during this generation that an El Camino had been unveiled to have its own unique chassis. From there, there were only a few changes which mostly had to do with engine swaps. Overall there were eight engine options and three transmission options available.

All of the El Camino generations are still sought after and held in high regard with multiple appearances in movies and music. What’s awesome about the El Camino is that they can be found pretty cheap, and the ones in good condition can still be found at or under the price of a new Chevy truck.

Used Chevy Trucks Are Worth It

Even though many of the used Chevy trucks can be found under the GMC brand as well, you know that with Chevy, you’ll get the best quality for the best price. All used Chevy trucks are reliable and affordable vehicles, even the models that can go unnoticed. You can’t always judge a vehicle by its popularity. If you are looking for a newer used Chevy truck while you save for a classic truck or because you need something with power over class, visit us at Frank Kent Country (GM) in Corsicana, Texas. We’ll help get you into the car or truck of your dreams.

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