Here are the 10 best Chevy pickups of all time
Pickup trucks are as synonymous with American automotive history as the muscle cars of the Detroit Three. Over a century old, the pickup truck segment was born when companies like Ford and Dodge made light trucks for the masses. Today, pickup trucks remain the top-selling segment in the entire US market and have fans all over the world. With the likes of Ford and Dodge, Chevyalso, has always been at the forefront of pickup truck development, making some of the most memorable pickup trucks of all time.
In Over One Hundred Years of Chevy History, It’s Made Some Truly Iconic Vehicles, those who live in the hearts and minds of gearheads across the generations. Many of these vehicles were their trucks, which were untouchable in terms of power and performance, while some even locked heads with the best supercars of their time. Incredible in both value and spec, here are 10 of the best and most iconic Chevrolet pickup trucks of all time.
10/10 1938 Chevrolet half-ton
Pickup trucks had been popular among the masses for almost two decades, and the segment had grown from just downsizing sedans. Now the pickups were their own separate models and had a dedicated customer base.
Thereby, in 1938, Chevrolet launched an all-new model called Half-Ton. Designed and built from the ground up as a truck, the Half-Ton ran on an extremely durable and reliable straight-six engine with a body that was quite the look. With its sleek new body, the ’38 Chevy Half-Ton was an instant and massive hit.
9/10 1955 Chevrolet Task Force
After the end of World War II, Chevrolet launches its “Advanced Design” line of trucks. GM was determined to usher in a new era for pickup trucks in America, and they made their trucks innovative, reliable, and they made the Task Force trucks.
An absolutely groundbreaking line of pickups, these trucks had the most modern designs to date, and they came with a huge array of V8 engines under their hoods. Even though the Task Force line of trucks was on the market between 1955 and 1959, gearheads of all generations remember the Task Force as one of the coolest trucks ever.
8/10 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
The El Camino is a legendary nameplate across America. The half-car and half-truck hit the scene in 1959, and Chevy designed it to take on Ford’s Ranchero. Even though the pickup segment had really matured and manufacturers had dedicated trucks, Chevy built the El Camino on a car chassis.
This gave the El Camino superb road manners, and the semi-truck part of the vehicle gave it surprising capability and towing capability. The Camino turned out to be an extremely practical car. In fact, a decade later, Chevrolet gave the El Camino an “SS” treatment, making it one of the first muscle trucks ever made.
7/10 1967 Chevrolet C-10 Fleetside
Ask any old school gearhead what the best looking Chevy pickup ever is, and almost every one of them will name the ’67 Chevy C10 Fleetside. They’re not entirely wrong either, as the truck was one of the first pickups to use metallic paint, and the bright red metallic paint is what adorned the posters of many parts.
The second generation models of the C10 Fleetside were the best looking and the interiors certainly matched the exterior in terms of luxury, insulation, carpeting and chrome fittings. Not only were the second generation C10 Fleetside trucks some of the best looking trucks of the time, they were also one of the most technologically advanced for their time.
6/10 1973 Chevrolet C30 one ton doubling
One of the biggest (and longest) trucks Never to roll off a Chevrolet assembly line, the Chevrolet C30 One-Ton Dually has imprinted itself on the minds of customers and gearheads by way of its design alone. In fact, the C30 One-Ton Dually was actually Chevy’s very first Crew Cab Dually to ever hit the market.
The truck had unmatched space and functionality, making it the go-to truck for families who wanted a sturdy yet practical truck in their driveway. The rugged, rugged design of the Dually was the driving force behind the trend for customers to consider mics for work and play, which is more true than ever nearly half a century later today.
5/10 1973 Chevrolet C/K square body
Chevrolet introduced the C/K truck in 1973, but most people know it affectionately as the “Square Body.” Many may not remember the name C/K, but will most certainly recognize the term “Square Body”. Chevy produced the truck for almost a decade and a half. After all, it was so well designed and practical.
The 1973 Chevy C/K came with 2WD and 4WD, and came with a wide range of configurations. For engines, Chevy offered six-cylinder, V8, and V8 diesel options. The robustness of Square Body trucks is proven by the fact that it has been transformed into a military vehicle and has had great sales abroad.
4/10 Chevrolet 454 SS 1990
Probably one of the most iconic Chevrolet pickup trucks ever made, the Chevrolet 454 SS completely rejuvenated the muscle truck market in 1990. Based on the regular Silverado, the truck featured a huge 454 V8 engine, heavy-duty suspension, and most importantly, it was only available in black.
What makes the 454 SS even more significant is that it was the last time Chevy used the classic 454 V8 electric grinder. The most performance-oriented Chevy pickup before the turn of the century, the truck’s 7.4-liter V8 took it from 0-60 in just 7.7 seconds. That was an impressive number in 1990, and the 454 SS combined power and functionality like no other.
3/10 1999 Chevy Silverado Z71
As for vans, the Chevy Silverado is truly a household name in all 50 states. The Silverado arrived just before the end of the 20th century, and Chevrolet packed it with all the features and specifications its customers were asking for. It was also one of the most reliable trucks on the marketessentially guaranteeing the success of the Chevrolet Silverado.
Over time, the Silverado has only built on its strengths, as Chevy has constantly updated it with more room, an improved chassis, and better handling over the years. Beginning with the 1999 model years, the Z71 package stood out, as it offered unmatched towing capabilities with an even better suspension package.
2/10 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
The mid-size Colorado is one of Chevrolet’s most popular and successful models, and the US market most certainly loves it. Although the ZR2 is synonymous with the most capable off-road machinery Chevrolet has to offer today, it is only 5 years old. Chevrolet first launched the Colorado ZR2 in 2017, armed with a 3.6-liter V6 that develops 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
The ZR2, in its first year alone, proved to be a worthy off-roader, thanks to its compact dimensions, Multimatic DSSV shocks, 2″ lift and electronically locking differentials front and rear. Reliable and affordable, the The Colorado ZR2 has truly established itself as a badass truck in the US pickup market.
1/10 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The trend set by the Chevrolet C30 One-Ton Dually in 1973 is truer than ever today. Today, every pickup truck worth its salt combines luxury and functionality, with deluxe amenities and features. Perhaps the perfection of this model from Chevy is the 2020 Silverado HD.
A big truck, the Silverado HD is a massively rugged truck that commands an equally massive presence on the road. The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD remains one of the best options today, suitable for the roughest job sites as it is when cruising in luxury on the highway.