1971-1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne
Second generation C/K trucks are arguably the most beautiful of them all. They’re stylishly executed, quality built and relatively easy to maintain. All the necessary prerequisites of a sound classic vehicle. Whether C10 Cheyenne is affordable classic, that’s a different matter. With a bit of luck and digging around, you should be able to find specimens in very good shape for between $10,000 and $20,000. Otherwise, low mileage, mint condition pieces have been known to cost as much as $50,000.
Second generation C/K trucks debuted in 1967 and became instantly popular among truck aficionados. When Chevy introduced upscale Cheyenne trim level in 1971 and even flashier Cheyenne Super the following spring, things became even more interesting. By then, all Chevy trucks came with standard front disc brakes and optional power assist steering (standard on heavy duty trucks). Cheyenne package added plushier interior, carpeted floor, factory installed AM/FM radio, side molding, and tailgate trim. 1972 models would remain practically intact. The only difference were glued side mirrors instead of ones bolted to top of the cab.
Engine options were, as always, colorful. Chevy added the prominent 350ci V8 back in 1969, while 300-horsepower 402ci big-block V8 (marketed 400ci for initial year) debuted in 1970. Other than that, 1971 and 1972 models had 250ci and 292ci six-cylinders, and 307ci V8 to choose from. Final year even introduced the 396ci V8 with 310 horsepower since 402ci V8’s output was downgraded to 210 ponies. Both stepside and fleetside options were available throughout the run.