Nine Valuable Chevrolet Pickups We Want Under the Tree
Chevy Tracks Nine Trucks with Highest Barrett-Jackson Results
Chevrolet makes some good trucks—there’s no denying it. Keen to remind the world they’ve been building hard-working haulers for a century now, Chevy teamed with Barrett-Jackson to boast the nine most expensive Bow Tie brawlers to cross the auction house’s stage, each with a six-figure final price.
We’d be happy to open a Christmas present with the key to any of these pickups this holiday season, so if you’ve got a spare quarter-mil lying around, you know where to find us.
1971 Chevrolet C-10 Custom – $110,000 in 2014Donated to and sold on behalf of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, this 1971 C-10 pickup’s life became dedicated to a very worthy cause while being restored for the foundation. The truck’s 430 horses (thanks to a Chevrolet Performance LS3 E-Rod powertrain) do their best to unsettle the Ridetech air suspension, but Goodmark Industries bodywork ensures the truck looks as good as possible, even when drifting from corner to corner.
1959 Chevrolet 3100 Custom – $121,000 in 2014The builders behind this custom 1959 Chevy left nothing untouched, saving only the body from the original truck. The rest was a ground-up rebuild, comprising a high-strength steel chassis with a four-link suspension setup, Currie rear end with a Detroit Tru-Trac differential, and formal tuxedo styling—shiny black bodywork with limited chrome accents, draped over a white leather interior.
1960 Chevrolet El Camino Custom – $126,500 in 2017The Chevy El Camino is the love/hate child of the pickup and passenger car worlds. But we (and anyone else with half a brain) love this 1960 example, wearing a retro-mod shade of seafoam green over silver metallic paint. Well-integrated bodyside trim (like the jet-age spear over the rear wheels) matches with a custom leather interior to make onlookers think this is a luxury vehicle. Luckily, the 502ci crate V-8 dispels such notions at the first turn of the ignition key.
1955 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup – $132,000 in 2006Chopped, channeled, and frenched, this 1955 Chevy 3100 is classic hot rodding done to a “T.” An unusual shade of Kandy Orange coats the exterior, with tan leather inside. It’s also taken home top awards at shows hosted by our sister title Super Chevy, giving this truck true all-around appeal. At six years of work to get it into fighting condition, we’d say the builders’ time was worth it.
1955 Chevrolet Cameo Custom Pickup – $143,000 in 2013The Chevrolet Cameo is arguably one of the first-ever “lifestyle” pickups, featuring smooth-sided fiberglass rear fenders, distinctive available chrome trim, and full-featured cabins to give pickup buyers a taste of luxury. As such, it’s no surprise the trim level carries plenty of auction-block cachet. This 1955 version gets some cool custom touches like a Nomad-inspired tailgate, custom bodyside moldings, and eye-catching Lipstick Red/Titanium Grey paint with a coordinating red leather interior. Technically, this truck gets two entries on this list, as it sold at another Barrett-Jackson auction for $132,000 one year later.
1957 Chevrolet C-6 Custom Pickup – $148,500 in 2011Chevrolet says this 1957 C-6 Custom required 7,000 man hours to build, justifying its Mercedes-AMG GT–sized price tag. However, it’s one of few pickups that could possibly give that German sports car a run for its money, as underneath the workhorse skin is a 402ci LS3 V-8, Corvette C6 suspension, and six-speed manual transaxle. And it’s got some other heavy metal to back up its styling and performance: a GM Design Award at SEMA 2009 and a Mothers Choice Award at SEMA 2010.
1957 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup – $159,500 in 2007That Advance Design Cameo magic gets cranked up to 11 in the case of the 1957 pickup that sold a decade ago for more than 150 large. With Bel Air–inspired stainless steel bodyside coves, a big-block Chevy V-8 and overdrive transmission, and leather-lined custom interior, this is a truck that could give a contemporary Cadillac a run for its money.
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup – $205,700 in 2017An independent front suspension, Chevrolet Performance LS3 V-8, and a 4L65E automatic transmission ensure this totally customized 1950 Chevy 3100 Custom Pickup has as much go as it does show. Featuring two-tone bodywork sitting on a custom chassis, the truck also has a reshaped dash, custom bench seat, and upholstery that matches the pinstriping. It’s a great look for this midcentury classic, and with a price tag like that, you can bet the new owner loves it as much as the builders.
1957 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Truck, “Quicksilver” – $214,500 in 2016Here it is, the priciest Chevrolet pickup ever sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction. With a final gavel price of more than 200 large, “Quicksilver” was built by Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, to be one of the best, most comprehensively customized pickups of all time. Under the hood is a stonking-massive 540ci V-8, and it’s dripping in deep, rich paint that justifies its moniker. The 1957 Chevrolet 3100 also sports completely handmade body panels inspired by the original truck, and it’s largely free of chrome trim or brightwork. Modern, but with a serious retro twist.
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