1980 Chevy C10 Stepside – An all-new clean sheet redesign of General Motors’ Chevrolet and GMC brand C/K-Series pickups debuted in mid-1972 for the 1973 model year. Development of the new third-generation trucks began in 1968 with vehicle components undergoing simulated testing on computers before the first prototype pickups were even built for real world testing. The redesign was revolutionary in appearance at the time, particularly the cab, departing from typical American pickup truck designs of the era. Aside from being near twins, the Chevrolet and GMC pickups looked like nothing else on the road. The third-generation trucks are colloquially known as the “Square-body” or “Box-body” generation. GM’s official “Rounded-Line” moniker highlighted the pickup’s rounded styling cues that were incorporated into the design. GM’s design engineers fashioned the “Rounded-line” exterior in an effort to help improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, using wind tunnel technology to help them sculpt the body. Other design traits include sleek sculpted body work, an aerodynamic cab with steep windshield rake, and a unique available hidden radio antenna embedded into the windshield glass. The wheelbase length was extended to 117.5 in for the short wheelbase pickups, and 131.5 in for the long wheelbase pickups. The fuel tank was moved from the cab to the outside of the frame, and a dual tank option was available which brought fuel capacity to 40 US gallons. 1980 was the first year that a cassette tape player could be purchased, along with a CB radio.

While a high percentage of the Squarebody trucks you see on the road or at shows are fleetsides, it’s always great to come across a clean stepside. On top of being a seldomly seen stepside, the 1980 C10 had a 1-year only grille that immediately identifies its age. We think that oversized tires (20″ or larger) look great tucked under a stepside that has been lowered properly like this one. This classic C10 has a lot of great features and it what we would categorize as a “strong driver.” If a show car is what you are after, she’s not quiet there. If you are looking for a great weekend cruiser you can lightly tinker with on the weekends, this is a perfect fit for your garage. Only flaws we noted were a few small paint imperfections, light wear on the original seat cushion, attention needed to the tailgate locks, and a few gauges need to be replaced. A complete list of features and options includes; Summit Crate 350 V8, Auto, RWD, 6″/8″ Drop, Vintage Air, Alarm, Chrome Bumpers/Mirrors, Custom Wrapped Dash, Dual Tanks, Rubber Floormats, Power Steering/Brakes, Power Windows/Locks, Sony AM/FM/BT Stereo, Adaptive Audio Speakers, Sliding Rear Window, Upgraded Bowtie Steering Wheel, Tilt Steering, Tinted Glass, Vent Windows, Wood Bed, 20″ American Racing Slat Flats & Thick Pirelli P-Zero 245/45/R20 Tires! This classic C10 stepside is a real head-turner around here. We’re sure it will draw the same attention in your neighborhood as well!