Understated Custom Pickup Hides a Big Surprise

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Custom 1969 Chevrolet C20

A subtle, unassuming exterior hides a monstrous motor stuffed between the frame rails.

The second-generation C/K pickup design is an undisputed classic, and one of the most beloved Chevrolet light trucks ever. They look great stock or mildly customized.

Even when they’re a bit out of the ordinary, nearly everything looks good on a C/K, so long as you keep it tasteful. This 1969 C20 pickup is proof positive that you can build a gorgeous custom while stepping a bit outside of the status quo.

Custom 1969 Chevrolet C20

Even with the mean blacked-out trim and larger-diameter wheels, the hunter green paint and matching interior is classy and understated. The beautiful lacquered wood bed is like the a bowtie capping off a three-piece suit.

We especially like the small details that tie it all together, like the black-painted cab roof and the wood-rimmed steering wheel. You shouldn’t stop paying attention to detail just because you’re flying under the radar.

Custom 1969 Chevrolet C20

This truck is more than just a pretty face, though. The subtle exterior hides a monster underneath in the form of a built 427 cubic inch big block.

With a bed that gorgeous, it’s likely that this truck’s hauling days are over, but we’re certain it can haul something else, if you know what we mean.

Custom 1969 Chevrolet C20

The good news is, if you’ve fallen in love with this truck, you only have to look so far as Monterey, California if you want one. That’s because this very truck is being offered at Mecum Auctions’ Monterey 2018 sale, which runs from August 23rd through the 25th.

When you’re building a custom like this, it’s easy to overdo it. We’re glad that the builder chose to keep it simple while remaining unique. Whether you want this exact truck or you feel inspired to build one like it, you have to admit that it’s a good thing that they dared to be a little different.

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Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

When he's not busy working on his Harley-Davidson bike, the vastly experienced writer has covered an array of features, reviews, how-tos, op-eds and news stories for Internet Brands' Auto Group and is also a co-founder and co-host of the popular podcast Cammed & Tubbed.

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