1960 Chevrolet C10 Packs Corvette Power
Freshly restored with an LT1 engine, this 1960 Chevrolet truck is ready to steal the show.
Chevrolet pickups from the early 1960s are pack all sorts of style, but they lack power, as trucks in that era focused more on capabilities than high-speed performance. Fortunately, many of these antique pickups have been fitted with newer, more powerful engines and while flipping through the vehicle listings of the upcoming Mecum auction in Las Vegas, we found one such truck that will soon be available for purchase.
This 1960 Chevrolet C10 underwent a frame-off restoration less than 100 miles ago and it shows, as this antique pickup is gorgeous inside and out, but the appearance is only the beginning. This C10 also has an LT1 V8 from a C4 Corvette along with a host of other mechanical upgrades that make this flawless show truck a great driver as well.
Simple and Clean, Inside and Out
On the outside, this 1960 Chevrolet C10 appears to be flawless and during the restoration process, the original lines were preserved. Much of the chrome has been painted black, including the areas around the grille, around the turn signal lights in the front end and around the windows, while the big front bumper is still clad in bright chrome. The custom matte green paint looks like something that could have been ordered from the factory back then, although it would have been shiny in the 1960s.
There is no mention of suspension changes, but this classic Chevrolet pickup appears to sit a bit lower than stock, with the body tucking down over a set of 18-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in low profile Nitto rubber. Behind the black-and-silver wheels are disc brakes at all four corners and the custom wooden inlay in the bed is too nice to carry cargo, but it looks incredible.
On the inside, this C10 is finished completely in black and white. The dash, door frames and center section of the bench seat are white while the carpeting, the leather door panels and the bench seat outer portion is black. Aftermarket gauges provide proper information and a classic look, while the aftermarket steering wheel and modern radio make this truck a more comfortable cruiser.
Under the hood of this 1960 Chevrolet C10 is an LT1 V8 from a 1995 Corvette. In stock form, this engine delivered 300 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque in the ‘Vette, but with headers, a cold air induction setup, Flowmaster exhaust and other possible upgrades that aren’t listed, this truck likely packs more power than the 1995 Corvette.
The power from that 1995 LT1 is sent through a 4L60 automatic transmission to a 12-bolt Chevy rear end with 3.73 gears. With the help of the Nitto tires, this antique Chevy pickup probably moves out pretty well and sounds great doing it.
If this is the kind of classic Chevy truck you have been hunting, you could have your chance to buy it at auction at the Mecum Las Vegas event running from November 15 through 17.