1960 Chevrolet C10 Packs Corvette Power

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196 Chevrolet C10 Driver Front Corner

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 Side

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 Grille

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 Bed

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 Interior

Corvette Power

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 Engine Angle

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.

1960 Chevrolet C10 LT1

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.

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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