Chevy 454 SS: 1990 to 1993
One of the fastest of the classic Chevy trucks is the 454 SS. This truck is loaded with power and a blast to drive. In 1990, Chevy introduced the 454 SS, which was a high performance version of the GMT 400. The 454 SS was only available in a two-wheel drive half-ton regular cab with a short box. Your color choices were limited to onyx Black with a garnet red interior.
The real magic resided under the hood, where a 454 cu in (7.4 L) V8 cranked out 230 hp and 385 lb/ft of torque. This was paired to a 3-speed automatic transmission Turbo Hydra-Matic 400.
Other features included special rims, a front air dam and fog lights. Red trim and a black grille gave it a special look.
Horsepower was bumped up another 25 hp for the next model year and in 1992 and 1993 new color options were added. This was a high-performance truck that was fun to drive, unfortunately it only lasted 3 years with 1993 being the last year of production. A total of 16,953 units were sold during its run.
It is now a bit of collector car so expect to pay a premium if you are in the market for a used one.
Chevy Blazer Chalet: 1976-1977
The Chevy Blaze Chalet did not last long and while we have added it to this list of classic Chevy trucks, it may belong on a unique Chevy truck list instead. It was built for 10 months and only 1,780 units were produced.
It was basically just a K5 Blazer with a camper mounted in the truck bed. The Camper came with a dinette table, stainless steel sink and two or four bunk beds depending on how you outfitted it. A fridge and stove were optional accessories.
The price tag is probably what killed the Chalet. The base model started around $9,426 and accessories easily pushed it over $10,000. The Chalet was available with a 350ci or 400ci V-8 under the hood as well as full time four-wheel drive.
They can be hard to find these days so expect to pay a premium.
Chevrolet C/K: 1960-1972
The C/Ks are still considered some of the best looking trucks that Chevy ever produced. The C referred to the two-wheel drive version while the K was the 4-wheel drive version. The first generation of the C/Ks ran through 1966.
The C/Ks were available as a half-ton version, which was known as the C10 and K10, a three-quarter ton (C20 and K20) and finally the one-ton model, the C30. These trucks are pretty well powered with a 135 horsepower V6, or a 150 hp V6. A 238 cubic inch V8 was also available which put out 180 hp.
The second generation was only around for 4 years (1967 to 1972) and was dubbed the “Action Line.” These models carried a coil springing trailing arm system, a 3-speed transmission and either a 250 straight 6 or a 283 cubic inch V8.
Napco Chevy Trucks: 1942 to 1959
If you have never heard of Napco, you’re probably not alone. In the 40’s and 50’s however, Napco was pretty well know as a Minnesota company that specialized in four-wheel drive truck components.
During the 40’s these components were part of a do-it yourself kit that Chevy and GMC owners could purchase to upgrade their trucks to four-wheel drive. In 1956, both Chevy and GMC added the NAPCO kits as optional equipment on their truck lineup. This not only made the NAPCO kit cheaper, it meant that you no longer had to do the work yourself, your brand new truck would roll off the line as a 4×4.
The lift that the kit gave the standard trucks not only meant you could get through the snow and mud, the added height added a cool new look to this classic Chevy truck.
Chevrolet 3100: 1955-56
While the Chevrolet 3100 was around for years, it was the 1955-56 model years that we find to be the best looking of the bunch. The 3100 was redesigned for the 1955 model year and a wraparound windshield and eggcrate grill gave it a unique look that still holds up today.
Under the hood was a 265 cubic inch V-8 that put out 145 horsepower. The 3100 was a big seller, mainly due to is good looks and is still a favorite of Chevrolet truck enthusiasts.
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