Bad to the Bone: Menacing 1969 Chevrolet C10 at Auction

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1969 Chevrolet C10

Restored C10 with a powerful new engine has killer looks and performance. 

The upcoming Mecum auction in Houston, Texas on April 4-6 has impressive lots filled with some solid Chevy vehicles. We saw this black as night 1969 Chevrolet C10 and knew it was something special. Having undergone a restoration in 2015, the pickup retains its vintage appeal, while adding more power.

The biggest change to the C10 is the engine. It was upgraded with a 2005 Tahoe 5.3L V8 with drive by wire. It is paired to a 4L60E automatic transmission. This should make about 295 hp with 335 lb.ft of torque.

1969 Chevrolet C10

Other upgrades to the restorations include Doug Thorley ceramic-coated LS swap headers, power steering and front disc brakes, staggered 18 inch Rally wheels with 255/45/18 front and 275/40/18 rear Sumitomo tires, drilled and slotted rotors, and factory 12 bolt rear end.

1969 Chevrolet C10

Finished with glossy black paint, this is simply just badass on wheels.

The interior continues with all black styling which make the Auto Meter Silver face gauges really stand out. There is Vintage Air A/C that uses the factory 5.3 compressor.

1969 Chevrolet C10

More black in back, with a custom black wood bed with Line-X on inner side bed panels and tailgate.

This is a beautiful truck, and a perfect combo of vintage with a modern hellion under the hood.

1969 Chevrolet C10

If you’re looking to drive one of the baddest trucks in the whole damn town, be sure to check it out at Mecum Auctions.

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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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