Pickup trucks have always taken up their fair share of the American auto industry, appealing to most buyers for their unmatched practicality and offroad capabilities. They’ve been in production since the end of the first world war, and Chevrolet has always been one of the segment’s heavyweights, releasing historic models that have never failed to leave their mark in the truck’s evolution.
One great thing about trucks is the fact that the practicality they offer is quite timeless, considering the large beds that give them such utility never lose their function even thirty or forty years after production. This means that a used truck is always a great option to consider no matter how old it is and using an earlier model almost always means you can save some extra money on the purchase.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at how much the best ’80s Chevy trucks cost today.
1989 Chevrolet S-10 Baja
Introduced towards the end of the decade in 1989, the Chevy S-10 Baja offered several improvements over the standard S-10, including many design cues and improved mechanical parts that increased performance. The two-door four-wheel drive truck was a huge success when it was launched, and even today it still holds an honorable reputation as one of Chevy’s finest pickups to date.
As with most used vehicles, prices are highly dependent on current conditions and the mileage of each unit; with that in mind, an S-10 Baja in decent condition with heavy mileage can cost around $4,000, while others with lesser mileage can run up to $8,000. To sum things up in simpler terms, the average S-10 Baja goes for anything between $5,000 and $6,000, which is definitely a price to consider.
1981 Chevrolet K10 Stepside 4×4
This is a rare one. Back in the early eighties, Chevrolet put out about 700,000 trucks a year, and only a tiny fraction of that hefty number belonged to the Stepside unit. Furthermore, Stepsides is also equipped with 4×4 capability. All this means that finding a decent example of today’s K-10 4×4 Stepside may not be as easy as one might think.
Most well-maintained units are auctioned, and selling prices tend to range between $10,000 and $15,000. The K10 Stepside is renowned not only for its pickup capabilities, but also for its exterior design that still looks great today, with the iconic rear fender flares that really make it stand out.
1988 Chevrolet C/K1500
The C/K1500 was released as one of the most comprehensive trucks to date, with new features such as independent front suspension or allowing you to activate the vehicle’s four-wheel drive system at any given moment. Even today, if in good condition, it still offers most of what you’d need in a truck, though it’s worth remembering that the C/K1500’s cab only seats two, like the other models on this list.
Prices are spread quite widely; You can find a widely used 88 C/K starting at $3,700, or well-maintained units for over $20,000. There’s also an example with less than 1,000 miles that is actually new, at nearly double the price of $38,000. Keep in mind, the C/K1500 went new for $13,000 on the day.
Obviously there are a lot of options when it comes to price and mileage, so it ultimately depends on how much you’re willing to spend. Chevy must have released a lot of awesome trucks in the ’80s and haven’t really stopped since.
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