Chevy has been making pickup trucks since the '30s and when you make a gazillion of them, well that's no small amount of practice. Made to withstand all the punishment that a commercial vehicle needs to tolerate, this 1996 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado pickup appears to have led a very pampered existence. There can't be many that are nicer, leading us to wonder if it's time for the Silverado to become a genuine collector vehicle. With great looks, V8 power, and plenty of bells and whistles, this OBS Chevy deserves your full attention.
Dark monochrome paint jobs will always be in style, especially on a pickup truck, and we have to admit that the Emerald Green Metallic works especially well on the Chevy C/K series of trucks. Combined with the regular cab and short bed, the Silverado has a sporty demeanor and a great look. It's in outstanding condition thanks to a recent repaint, with a brilliant shine, uniformed smoothness, and a depth of clarity that GM paints from the '90s could hardly rival. It isn't perfect of course, but it is clear that someone really cared for this truck too spend some big money on the respray. There was not much chrome fitted to these workhorses but what is there remains in pretty great condition, including the commanding front grille and both bumpers. And if you're actually going to put it to work, you'll be happy to find a heavy-duty bed that's been spray-lined with black bedliner material for protection.
A comfortable cloth bench seat makes this a first-class way to haul your gear and the gray cloth upholstery looks nicely maintained, showing only relatively minor signs of use near the high-traffic areas. Because this is a Silverado it is optioned with all the creature comforts, including air conditioning which still blows cold, plus an aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo, cruise control, power windows, power locks, and a tilt wheel are all at your fingertips, further blurring the line between blue and white collar transportation. And we haven't forgotten that this is a truck with a half- ton load capacity and so power steering and power front disc brakes make it all manageable. The dash pad has made it through almost completely unscathed (save for one area that's been somewhat poorly repaired) and the bright original gauges, column shifter, and big leather-wrapped steering wheel all provide a comfortable cockpit for the driver. Given the condition of the interior, there's just no question the 125K mileage shown is original.
The Silverado is equipped with the 5.0L V8 that's been fitted to everything from Camaros to, well, pickup trucks. There's more than enough power available if you choose to leave the motor bone stock like this one, which practically looks like it just rolled out of the showroom and still runs superbly. The 4-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive is also performing without complaint and there isn't a better transmission available to mate to with a V8; after all, fuel mileage matters these days. Also take a look at the clean and incredibly solid undercarriage, where you'll find no secrets, thanks to a lifetime in a warm climate (it's never left Texas), and again, it suggests that this truck has led a very good life. Awesome 20-inch American Racing chrome wheels add some flash to the short-bed pickup, endowing it with a sporty demeanor and it carries staggered 245/40/20 front and 275/40/20 blackwall radials for slammed look that really suits this truck perfectly.
This is a great-looking truck today, and if these become more collectable in the future, we're pretty sure these handsome bed trucks will be first on the list. Call today!