Ready to win some trophies? Or maybe you just want to be that guy with the nicest longbed in the state? Well, this absolutely dialed-in 1965 Chevrolet C10 will certainly do it for you. With a gorgeous restoration finished less than 1K miles ago by the pros at Carolina Classic Restorations, it's a subtle resto-mod that skillfully accents all that was great about Chevy's '60s haulers. And now that you mention it, they do make pretty darned good cruisers, too.
You want to get noticed, don't go with obnoxious flames and soon-to-be-dated body mods, do it with top-end restoration skill and gorgeous colors. That was obviously the mantra behind this build, which combines impressive craftsmanship and time-consuming attention to detail. Fit and finish are great â top driver-quality all the way â and if this truck ever spent days out in the field or on the job site, all evidence of the past has been completely erased by this impressive build. Instead, the sheetmetal is straight enough to use as a mirror, the bright white paint makes other trucks in our showroom look bland, and every edge was honed to a sharp crease that reflects light in a most impressive way. Oh, and all that gorgeous, period-perfect trim remains intact â the egg crate grille, large bumpers, door handles and side mirrors, and even the cab trim and badging â all either fully restored or replaced with correct reproduction materials that glitter against the paint while accenting both the original design and the long-bed stance. In particular, the side trim remains as straight as a ruler and shows off a deep blue insert that's matched on the powder-coated steel wheels, providing the perfect contrast to the white finish. Out back, there's a fresh wooden bed that warms up the paint job and offers bright chrome rub strips that have yet to see a drop of rain or a piece of cargo.
They restorers worked the same kind of magic inside, where the all-new interior is highlighted by a gorgeous bench seat upholstered in an elegant, two-tone vinyl hide. Plush blue carpets and matching floor mats insulate the cab and give the interior an upscale feel, while the stock white door panels at the flanks are accented with new chrome handles, black arm rests, and upgraded speakers. The steel dash was beautifully refinished and painted to match the exterior, and although the single-pane instrument panel might look stock, it's actually been cleverly filled with modern Dakota Digital instruments that maintain a keen eye on the upgraded motor under the hood. A wood-rimmed chrome steering wheel was also added for a bit of flair, mounted atop a polished tilt column that helps add a little room for the driver. Neatly integrated aftermarket A/C is a nice addition that makes this truck easy to drive, and the entertainment system is managed via a Sony AM/FM/AUX/SAT stereo with speakers neatly stashed throughout the passenger compartment. It's all just beautifully done inside, and with so few miles on the build, still smells new.
An upgraded 327 cubic inch V8 powers this beautiful truck, a 1968 Impala 327/250 block that was swapped in and neatly dressed Corporate Blue engine enamel and loads of polished/chromed pieces. Topped with chrome Chevrolet valve covers and a matching air cleaner, the powerful small block roars to life via an HEI ignition system and chrome CVF alternator, is fed through a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and breathes easy through a set of long-tube headers linked to a fresh Magnaflow dual exhaust system that sounds amazing below. A March serpentine belt system drives the accessories with the help of billet brackets and pulleys, including power steering and power front disc brakes, and the whole show stays nice and cool thanks to a big radiator and auxiliary fan. Service access remains quite good, and while everything is new, it's also smart since the truck really was built to drive. During the restoration, the entire chassis and frame was painted satin black, and the suspension is all-new and features upgraded A-Arms, shocks, coils, and a big sway bar up front, along with fresh trailing arms, coil springs, and shocks in the rear. A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission means this truck is highway-ready, spinning a rugged 12-bolt rear end that can still be called upon for the toughest of jobs. Color-matched steelies provide an appropriate vintage look, especially when adorned with brightly polished trim rings and Baby Moon hubcaps, and they come wrapped with fat 235/75/15 white-wall radials that finish off the period-perfect look.
There's obviously a ton of money wrapped up in this build, but the effort will pay off handsomely for the next lucky owner. Call today!