CHASSIS NO: C1445Z144115
• Multiple show winner
• Concours quality, frame-off restoration
• Highly desirable short-bed fleetside model
• Factory V-8 engine and automatic transmission
• Rare factory air-conditioning
283 cid engine rated at 175 HP at 4400 RPM, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle with 3:73 positive-traction and coil springs
Pickup trucks still used technology mostly from pre-World War II designs until Chevy introduced a groundbreaking generation of trucks in 1960. Not only were these C/K pickups equipped with the segment's first independent front suspension, but a new drop-center X-shaped frame reduced the height of the vehicle by up to seven inches. Ride quality on the C10 half-ton pickups now benefited from having a coil spring suspension front and rear. The lower stance was emphasized by an attractive, pinched-waist body. In 1962, the hood line was lowered, and the front styling simplified and by 1965, the Chevrolet pickup was a perfect example of restrained elegance.
This 1965 C10 has what is widely considered by vintage truck enthusiasts as the most desirable of all the many body styles Chevrolet offered - a short-bed, fleetside with the optional large “Panoramic” rear glass. This truck was also ordered with the attractive DeLuxe Appearance Package that added a generous amount of extra brightwork to the exterior of the truck to enhance its already handsome good looks. Additionally, this truck has many rarely seen and desirable factory installed comfort and convenience options that include a 283 cubic-inch small-block V-8 engine rated at 175 horsepower, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, rare factory Four Seasons air-conditioning system, tinted glass, power steering, power brakes, two-speed windshield wipers with washers, rare factory tachometer, AM radio and 3:73 posi-traction rear axle. The rare options are documented by a copy of the original factory invoice that accompanies the truck.
A truck with all these options is very unusual. Even more unusual is one that has been treated to a high-level concours restoration as this truck has. Every nut and bolt of this classic Chevy truck has been disassembled, rebuilt and restored to factory specifications. The body was separated from the frame and all parts refurbished and repainted as original. The body has been stripped and refinished to perfection in the original factory color scheme of fawn and ivory. Over 1000 hours of labor and numerous New Old Stock (NOS) factory parts, including the grille, bumperettes, light bezels, backup lights and factory floor mats were sourced and carefully installed in an effort to make this 1965 C10 one of the best of the best. All of this attention to detail and factory correctness resulted in arguably one of the finest mid-‘60s era trucks in the world, earning it multiple awards at shows.