Turns out customized vintage Chevy trucks often sell for more than classic muscle cars.
As part of Chevrolet's 100th anniversary of building trucks, it’s looking back at some of the most expensive ones sold at auction. More specifically, classic trucks that went for over six-figures each. "Vintage trucks, especially Chevrolets, have been gaining popularity with collectors, to the point they are rivaling muscle cars," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. Given that, Chevrolet has put together a list of the 9 most expensive vintage and fully customized trucks that’ve sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions in recent years.
First up is this 1957 3100 Custom Truck, also known as “Quicksilver.” Described by the auction house as “one of the finest custom truck builds of all times,” it sold for $214,500 last year. It isn’t just some fancy paint job but rather a complete rebuild. The body panels are handmade and reshaped, while under the hood lies a 540 Big Block, 650 hp Chevy V8. And no, this wasn’t just someone’s home garage project. The build was done by Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
This 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup went for an impressive $205,700 earlier this year in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s been extensively modified with an all-new TCI custom chassis with independent front suspension. Inside is a reshaped dashboard and a handmade redesigned bench seat, console, door panels and headliner. Under its hood there’s a Chevrolet Performance Hot Cam LS3 crate engine with 500 hp.
Back in 2007, this 1957 Chevy Cameo Pickup sold for $157,500. Featuring Orange Pearl paint and a big block V8 with 500 hp, its guts have been fully modernized. Aside from an interior covered in leather, there’s power steering, power disc brakes power windows, and a 400-watt stereo. However, there’s a vintage air conditioner, for old time’s sake.
A total of 7,000 man hours were required to build this 1957 C-6 Custom Pickup. Powered by an LS3 engine, underneath its truck body is a Corvette C6 suspension and drivetrain as well as a six-speed transaxle and a full air ride suspension. The final product also won a GM Design award at SEMA in 2009 before it was ultimately sold for $148,500 in 2011.
With a tailgate inspired by the 1955 Nomad, this 1955 Chevy Cameo pickup also features 1957 Bel Air side trim and an engine bay smoothed over with covers. The Titanium Grey and Lipstick Red exterior looks stunning, especially with the red leather interior. There’s also Dakota Digital VHX gauges, a graphite-wrapped Billet Specialties wheel and a Kenwood Stereo system. In fact, this truck made this list twice because it’s been sold twice. The first time was in 2013 for $143,000 before selling again a year later for $132,000.
This 1955 3100 Custom truck required six years of customization work and, in 2006, sold for $132,000. Painted Kandy Orange and with a tan leather interior, it was named by Street Trucks Magazine as one of the top 50 trucks of its decade. It’s also won numerous other awards at ISCA events and Super Chevy shows.
Of course an El Camino had to appear on this list. This is a 1960 El Camino Custom pickup and it sold for an impressive $126,500 earlier this year. It’s a complete one-off with nearly every piece of it having been customized. Under its hood is a GM 502 cu-in crate engine with a Ram Jet fuel-injection system. Its interior is also fully customized. Even the undercarriage is highly detailed and painted.
Here’s another impressive 3100 custom truck. This 1959 model sold for $121,000 in 2014 and it was completely rebuilt. Only the body is original. Built from the ground-up with a high-strength chassis with a four-link setup, there is also a chrome 9-inch Currie rear end with 3.70 gears and a Detroit Tru-Trac differential. The interior is covered in beautiful white leather with black accents. Modern amenities include air conditioning and green-tinted glass.
Lastly, there’s this: a 1971 C-10 Custom pickup. Loving called “Adel” by its previous owners, it sold for $110,000 in 2014. It was originally donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer before undergoing its extensive transformation. The rebuilt and customized truck was sold on behalf of the foundation. Powered by an LS3 with 430 hp, it’s also equipped with Odyssey Batteries, a complete air ride suspension from Ridetech, BeCool radiator and Goodmark Industries body panels.