Born in the U.S.A.: 50-year-old Chevrolet C10 Truck, a Sweet Slice of American Pie

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1969 Chevrolet C10

Second-generation Chevy pickup truck has seen better days, but we can’t help swell with pride at this example of fine American steel and grit. 

We love looking for unusual trucks online. There’s a thrill in finding that unusual custom build, or beefy pickup, and, of course, we love a solid classic rig. We spotted this 1969 Chevrolet C10 on Reddit and knew it was something special.

Posted to the Chevy Trucks subreddit by user They Said It Would Be Fun, he posted “Picture of my ’69 c10 from a couple years ago, now it’s in pieces for some much needed restoration.” He explained that his second-gen truck has been driven hard and fallen prey to rust. “This picture makes it look pretty good, but I drove it in Indiana for a couple years before I joined the military. The rust is getting pretty rough, as much as I love the flames, they can always get painted back on.”

We’re hoping he gets a chance to restore her to her former glory. Until then, he still has another Chevy that is taking care of business.

Chevy Silverado

His Silverado is still a solid and impressive workhorse. “Towed my buddy’s 72 Cj-6 from Colorado to Fort Hood, the ol’ Chevy still pulls like a dream. 236K and climbing.”

We just hope the C10 gets some much needed TLC and returns to the road soon.


Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected].

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