This 1970 Chevy C10 went for bonkers dough at Barrett-Jackson

This is a good looking 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck. It’s had a ton of work done to it, and it appears to be quite well built. Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 450 horsepower. A six-speed automatic bolts up to a 12-bolt rear end. And the chassis rides right on a pro-touring style suspension setup. This is a very cool truck. But I’m blown away by the fact that someone thinks it’s a $110,000 truck.

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas event is where the transaction went down. A buyer happily forked over one hundred and ten thousand dollars for this modified and restored Chevy truck. Used C10 prices were already inching toward idiotic at all levels of quality, but this will only push everyone else’s prices that much higher.

Go to your local Craigslist. Type in C10. And let me know what you find. Here’s a nice clean driver: https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/upland-1974-c10/6994532828.html And I’m guessing that price just went up $5,000 since the Barrett auction.

And here’s an older Chevy truck, in worse shape, with a higher asking price: https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/d/nine-mile-falls-factory-short-bed/6991136276.html

It gets worse though. And it shows no signs of slowing. I found so many more examples just on my local Craigslist. And I’m partially blaming the 1970 C10 sold at Barrett. But really this problem started before this truck crossed the block.

Is this auctioned-off example cool? Absolutely. I love the olive green paint scheme and I can live with the wheel choice (though I cannot get past that shit looking steering wheel). Would this truck be a thrill to drive? Without a doubt! It’s got great power, large brakes, and a proper suspension setup. It probably drives better than a lot of modern sports cars. Can I find my way to its $110,000 hammer price? Hell. No.

Someone was drunk in Vegas and spent far too much money on a $25,000 truck wearing $30,000 worth of parts.

21 Comments

  1. My very first truck was a 1970 CST10. 350 (factory 4bbl), TH350, long box, hugger orange and white. Just plain awesome!

    I paid the huge sum of $150 for it – but – it also had a metal Delta toolbox that I freshened up and sold for $75. This wasn’t THAT long ago (1992). Guess those days are looong gone.

  2. I can’t argue with the craftsmanship but the price is crackpipe, the wheels are naff and that truck will never haul anything more demanding than a beer cooler. I like pickups because they can haul stuff and this will never haul gravel, or greasy engine blocks. It might pull a trailer queen chopper but never a rusty project car.

      1. Playing devil’s advocate here, but the sale price was set by at least two bidders, both of whom apparently had at least six figures of disposable income.

  3. It’s undeniably awesome, but proof that people have more money than they do common sense (or skill, apparently). It’s trucks like this that are pushing rusty non-running classic truck prices through the roof.

    1. I’m already prepared to entertain offers of slightly less than $110,000 for my rusty but running ’70 International. For a high enough price I’ll even consider reattaching the tailgate, or at least throwing it in the back as part of the deal. No lowball offers. I know what I’ve got.

      1. Clearly those Internationals are much more rare than Chevys, so that makes them more valuable, right?

  4. In my local classifieds, basically nothing under $20k unless it’s a total basket case missing a bed, at least for that era Chevy truck. Square bodies are still reasonably attainable though (a couple very nice drivers under $10k), and GMT400s are still plenty attainable (I have a soft spot for those).

    Ridiculous, but as long as there’s clean basic single cab pickups available, I’m content enough.

  5. I picked my 71 K5 Blazer in 2010 for $3500. It’s getting hard to find a lot box for that price now.

  6. Matter of time prices will drop. Doesn’t matter though I love my c 10. Not in it to make money. I would sell it tomorrow for 7000.00. And it’s really nice! Bought it for 1500.00. Guy didn’t know what he had that day. Lol.

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