July 31, 2018
The brochure writers for the 1969 Chevy C/10 Fleetside pickup (like the one here) really liked the word new. As in new front-end styling, new optional 350-cu.-in. V-8, new 3-speed synchromesh transmission, new low-profile steering wheel, new seat-back construction, new foot-operated parking brake, new body sealing, new body mounts, and newly-designed bucket seats. There were 16 Fleetside models available for 1969, along with 14 of the older-style Stepside with the wheels outside the bed and a step located between the cab and the rear wheel (on the side… get it?). Both series were offered in three different wheelbases: 115, 127, and 133 inches. The C in the model name was used for rear-wheel-drive models, while a K meant 4-wheel-drive; the 10 in C/10 referred to a half-ton, while a 20 meant ¾-ton and a 30 was a one-ton. Saw this survivor just yesterday in a North Tonawanda parking lot.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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