October 4, 2020
This very basic-looking 1970 Chevy C/10 Fleetside pickup helps illustrate one of my biggest beefs with modern day vehicles: color selection. Back in ’72 you could have had this very truck in one of 15 paint choices — and NONE of them were silver or gray! Count ‘em up: black, two blues, four greens, red, yellow, white, copper, orange, two golds, and bronze. Checking out the current color offerings for a basic 2020 Silverado work truck finds the following choices: red, dark blue, white, black, three variations of silver/gray, and… oh, that’s it. Seven. Three of them are grayish and the blue is almost black. Meh. Other interesting choices back in 1972: you could order a wood bed floor with steel skid strips; there was still a choice between the Stepside (below) and Fleetside bed/fender configurations; and wheelbase choices were 115, 127, and 133 inches, with the shortest bed length being 78.25 inches, while the longest was 108.25 (compared to 69.92/98.18 inches on the new Silverado). And don’t get me started on the price of these things… We found today’s RealRide on a bicycle trip through our Tonawanda neighborhood a few weeks back.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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