The model year 1960 brought the Chevrolet pickup into the modern era with its C/K series lineup. The “C” designation identified two-wheel-drive pickups, and the “K” identified 4X4s. The most common pickup was the C10, a half-ton truck with a 6.5- or 8-foot cargo box. The C/K series trucks remained essentially the same vehicle during a series of conservative redesigns, until 1997, when the 1998 Silverado replaced it.


During the 1950s, Chevrolet introduced V-8 engines to its trucks, but the vehicle more or less continued as an updated model of the early postwar pickups that debuted in 1948. The C10 was a completely new truck.


Although the C10 most commonly identifies as the half-ton, short-bed pickup, it came in different styles. The C10 featured a 115-inch wheelbase for the pickup equipped with the 6.5-foot bed and a 127-inch wheelbase for models with the 8-foot bed.

First generation 1960–1966
Second generation 1967–1972
Third generation 1973–1987

By 1968, Chevrolet began focusing on providing the C10 with a smoother ride, more room in the cab and some creature comforts that were once reserved only for passenger cars. The truck featured smoother lines, as Chevy marketed it as a second family vehicle. The 115-inch wheelbase version measured 186.75 inches in length, with a front tread width of 63.1 inches and a rear tread width of 61.1 inches. The 127-inch wheelbase model measured 206.25 inches in length, with the same front and rear track dimensions. Engine choices by 1968 were the 250- and 292-cubic-inch, in-line six-cylinders, and the 307, 327 and 396 V-8s.