The first three generations (1960-1987) of Chevy’s popular C/K pickups are the most popular, affordable, and collectible pickups on the market today. High production numbers means used parts are easy to find and there is a large aftermarket for reproduction parts.
The first-generation 1960 model year of Chevy C/K pickups was launched in the fall of 1959 with a new body style and designation system. The “C” designation in front of the series number denoted a two-wheel drive system while a “K” designation indicated a 4-wheel drive setup. This new truck featured many firsts; the most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, which allowed the cab to sit lower and the change to independent front suspension, giving the trucks an almost car-like ride.
The second-generation C/K debuted in 1967 with a major redesign that earned it the nickname “Action Line.” At this time, GM began to add comfort and conveniences to a line-up that had previously been for work purposes only. These trucks have proven extremely popular with collectors thanks to the attractive styling and excellent driveability.
The third-generation debuted in 1973 and was produced through 1987. This generation had a completely new total redesign. Due to a relatively smooth appearance created to encourage better aerodynamics and fuel economy, these trucks came to be known as the “rounded-line” generation.
Noted Chevy writer Mike Mueller combines his folksy writing style with deep research to provide the collector with an easy-to-read overview of what makes these pickups so special. In addition to detailed coverage of the three distinct generations, Chevy C/K Pickups 1960-87: An illustrated History offers shorter feature stories on the Suburban, Chevy’s compact pickups, the origin of the Blazer, and the Cameo pickup.