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Chevrolet pickups began with a basic idea – a car chassis fitted with hand-fabricated beds to haul materials around a busy auto manufacturing plant. With a humble beginning, soon, millions of Chevrolet pickups became part the fabric of a quickly developing nation. Chevy trucks handled the toughest tasks on farms and fields, hauled timber and tools to the thriving suburbs areas and carried families and families into the wilds for very much earned get-aways.

The very first Chevy truck, the Four-Ninety Half-Ton rolled off productions lines December 2, 1916. Prior to that time, trucks were sold with just frontal sheet metal. The custom at the time was that the buyer provided their own wooden cargo bed, box or panel van depending upon their requirements. Small businesses were appearing all over America, and proprietors required successful transport for all their local products. At $595, the first Chevy half-ton filled the need. A second truck, the model "T," was likewise sold. However it was much a higher cost in order to deliver a higher weight capacity. Chevy trucks began catering to America's needs from the beginning.

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Chevrolet Series 490 Pickups (1918-1922)

1916 Chevrolet Four Ninety Truck
1916 Chevrolet Four Ninety Truck
1918 Chevrolet Model T Truck
1918 Chevrolet Model T Truck
1921 Chevrolet 490 Express Roadster Pickup
1921 Chevrolet 490 Express Roadster Pickup
1922 Chevrolet Canopy Express
1922 Chevrolet Canopy Express
The same year Chevrolet merged with GM, Durant wanted a pickup to compete with the new Ford Model TT. The answer was two models, the first 1918 Chevrolet Series 490 Light Delivery chassis cowl rated at half a ton and based on the passenger car. The second, not based on the 490, was a one-ton 1918 Chevrolet Model T (oddly enough) "Ton Truck" shared with GMC. It had a payload capacity rating of 2,000 lbs and sold for $1245 retail. Much like the chassis cab of today, they gave consumers a cheap, flexible platform to build on. Its steering wheel and gear shift lever, along with the instrument panel and gauge cluster, were also lifted from the passenger car. A chassis cowl included the chassis with engine, transmission and the front sheet metal which comprised the hood, front fenders, headlights and grille.

Chevrolet Superior Series B,F,K,V (1923-1926)

1923 Chevrolet Superior Light Delivery Truck
1923 Chevrolet Superior Light Delivery Truck
1924 Chevrolet Superior Truck
1924 Chevrolet Superior Truck
1925 Chevrolet Superior  Truck
1925 Chevrolet Superior Truck
1926 Chevrolet Superior Express Truck
1926 Chevrolet Superior Express Truck
The Chevrolet Superior was launched in 1923, manufactured by Chevrolet for four years with a different series per year. The 1923 model was known as the Series B, the 1924 model was the Series F, for 1925 it was known as the Series K and the 1926 Superior was known as the Series V. It was replaced in 1927 by the Series AA Capitol. It was also possible to buy a chassis; the Commercial chassis cost $425, while the Express Truck chassis cost $525.

Chevrolet Series AA Capitol (1927)

1927 Chevrolet Truck
1927 Chevrolet Truck
1927 Chevrolet Stake Body Truck
1927 Chevrolet Stake Body Truck
The Chevrolet Capitol) was manufactured by Chevrolet in 1927. Launched in the year Ford changed from the Model T to the Model A, Chevrolet sold 678,540 Series AA cars, and helped Chevrolet challenge Ford’s dominance in the market internationally. Available in eight body styles, the bodywork was very similar to the 1926 Chevrolet Superior Series V and 1925′s Superior Series K. The chassis and platform were also used to build Chevrolet and GMC trucks.

Chevrolet Series AB National (1928)

1928 Chevrolet AB National Truck
1928 Chevrolet AB National Truck
1928 Chevrolet AB National Onne Ton Flatbed Truck
1928 Chevrolet AB National Onne Ton Flatbed Truck
Looking very similar to the 1927 Series AA Capitol, the wheelbase of the Series AB was increased by four inches to 107 inches. The updated look was one of the first projects from GM's Art & Color studio. The Series AB was powered by Chevrolet's old 171 cu in four-cylinder engine, but with minor modifications to produce 35 hp at 2,200 rpm. Four-wheel braking was also now provided.

Chevrolet Series AC International (1929)

1929 Chevrolet IQ Series Truck
1929 Chevrolet IQ Series Truck
1929 Chevrolet Stakebed Truck
1929 Chevrolet Stakebed Truck
The Chevrolet Series AC International was manufactured by Chevrolet in 1929 to replace the 1928 Series AB National. The 1929 International Series AC Light Delivery truck also had a closed cab, a first for the Chevy truck. During this time, Chevrolet also began to start playing with color, and style became a more important factor

Chevrolet Series AD Universal (1930)

1930 Chevrolet Half Ton Pickup
1930 Chevrolet Half Ton Pickup
1930 Chevrolet Roadster Pickup
1930 Chevrolet Roadster Pickup
One advantage of the Chevy pickups of this period is that they were powered by six-cylinder engines while the ubiquitous Ford Model A trucks soldiered on with four-bangers. That was negated in 1932, however, when Ford made its new 60-horsepower V8 available for its next-gen BB pickups.

Chevrolet Series AE Independence (1931)

1931 Chevrolet Pickup
1931 Chevrolet Pickup
1931 Chevrolet Truck
1931 Chevrolet Truck
The 1931 Independence Series had four body styles available including a pickup, panel, sedan delivery, and canopy. For only $440, a Commercial chassis with pickup box and open cab was available. So rather than installing a custom cab or bed, the pickup was ready straight from the factory.

Chevrolet Series BA Confederate (1932)

1932 Chevrolet Series BA Pickup
1932 Chevrolet Series BA Pickup
1932 Chevrolet Dump Truck
1932 Chevrolet Dump Truck
The Series BA carried over much from the Series AE and the main external differences were the sloping of the windshield and the removal of the external visor above. On either side of the hood the previous louvers were replaced by opening vents, finished in a distinctive chrome on DeLuxe models It remained powered by the "Stovebolt Six" 194 cu in six-cylinder engine, but now upgraded with a downdraft carburetor and a higher compression ratio to produce 60 hp. A three-speed synchro-mesh transmission was fitted and a "Free Wheeling" mode was standard, which permitted the car to coast when the driver's foot was lifted from the accelerator.

Chevrolet Series CA Eagle (1933)

1933 Chevrolet Pickup
1933 Chevrolet Pickup
1933 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
1933 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
The Chevrolet Eagle (Series CA) was manufactured by Chevrolet in 1933 to replace the 1932 Series BA Confederate. The Eagle was produced early in the 1933 production year. When it was joined by the cheaper Mercury later in 1933 the Eagle name was changed to Master to provide Chevrolet with a two-car range, and the first time in ten years they manufactured two models on different wheelbases. The Mercury was also known as the Standard series. GM used the Eagle chassis and platform for trucks branded as both Chevrolet and GMC.

Chevrolet Series DA (1934)

1934 Chevrolet Pickup
1934 Chevrolet Pickup
1934 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
1934 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
In the early 1930s, Chevrolet was facing stiff competition from other American half-ton pickup truck manufacturers like Ford and Dodge. Chevrolet was in need of refreshing their line of pickups. By 1934, Chevrolet introduced a line of pickup trucks that did just that. The trucks introduced new styling with components that were not interchangeable with their passenger car cousins.

Chevrolet Series EA, ED (1935-1936)

1935 Chevrolet Pickup
1935 Chevrolet Pickup
1936 Chevrolet Truck
1936 Chevrolet Pickup
Chevrolet increased the compression of the 207 to 5.45:1 for 1935 and dropped the 181 entirely. Despite having apparently the same engine, Chevrolet rated the Standard as having 74 horsepower and the Master as having 80. This may have been a marketing decision, however, as the Standard engine was rated at 3200 RPM, whereas the Master’s horsepower was measured at 3300 RPM.

Chevrolet Series GA, GB (1937)

1937 Chevrolet Pickup
1937 Chevrolet Pickup
1937 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
1937 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck
In 1937, Chevy trucks were equipped with a 78-horsepower engine with 170 lb.-ft. of torque and averaged about 20.74 miles per gallon.

Chevrolet Series HA, HB (1938)

1938 Chevrolet Pickup
1938 Chevrolet Pickup
1938 Chevrolet Dump Truck
1938 Chevrolet Dump Truck
The 1938 Chevrolet Half-Ton truck represented the first truck in Chevy’s history designed by the new Art and Color department. Featuring a new redesigned vertical grille and front bumper along with swept fenders, the fresh styling of this truck was an important aspect in the evolution of old Chevy pickup trucks because it emphasized the importance of design.

Chevrolet Series JA, JB (1939)

1939 Chevrolet Pickup
1939 Chevrolet Pickup
1939 Chevrolet Truck
1939 Chevrolet Truck
The 1939-1940 Chevrolet trucks received a restyled and reengineered cab and front sheet metal. These new trucks were by far the best looking trucks in Chevrolet Division’s history. The new cab was designed for driver comfort and convenience. A more attractive and functional instrument panel was easier for the driver to use. Controls like choke and throttle were recessed at the lower edge of the panel at its center and the instruments were clustered for easy reading.

Chevrolet Series KA, KB (1940)

1940 Chevrolet Truck
1940 Chevrolet Pickup
1940 Chevrolet Panel Truck
1940 Chevrolet Panel Truck
This was the last series of trucks and medium-duty vehicles that shared an appearance with Chevrolet passenger coupes and sedans, and were replaced with the AK Series trucks.

In the 1930s, factory built pickups soon replaced cowl chasis models. 1930s. Chevy's entrance into the new market got tough nicknames such as —"Cast Iron Wonder" and "Stovebolt." These new half-ton pickups contended with an assortment of auto companies including Mack, Reo, Studebacker, and International.

The Great Depression, obviously, proved troublesome for the American automobile industry. Nonetheless, when the economy started to recuperate, Chevrolet looked to restore the truck market and plan new, innovative trucks. In 1937, Chevy presented a new, streamlined design powered by a 78 hp engine. During a 10,000-mile monitored trip, the 1937 half-ton pickup hauled a 1,060 lb. load and accomplished a noteworthy 20.74 miles for every gallon. Proficiency in outline was met by fuel productivity, even in the '30s.

Chevrolet AK Series Pickup truck (1941-1947)

1941 Chevrolet Truck
1941 Chevrolet Pickup
1942 Chevrolet Cab Over
1942 Chevrolet Cab Over
1943 Chevrolet Truck
1943 Chevrolet Truck
1946 Chevrolet Pickup
1946 Chevrolet Pickup
1947 Chevrolet Truck
1947 Chevrolet Pickup
The Chevrolet AK Series pickup truck was a light duty unit sold under the Chevrolet brand. production began in 1941 and continued until 1947. It utilized the GM A platform, also shared with Chevrolet Deluxe autos. The AK series was likewise marked and sold at GMC dealers, with the main visual distinction was that the Chevrolet featured vertical grill bars, while the GMC contained horizontal bars. The 1941-45 GMC models were marketed as C-Series and turned into the E-Series in 1946 and 1947 model years (CC-Series/EC-Series for the conventional cab versions and CF-Series/EF-Series for the COE ones).

The AK series was appearance split from past Chevrolet vehicles where the passenger autos and pickup trucks shared a common look, as showed in the Chevrolet Master truck. There was an all new appearance in The Chevrolet Deluxe when it was presented in 1941, and shared quite a bit of its mechanicals with the third generation Suburban.

Chevrolet Advanced Design (1947-1955)

1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
1950s Chevrolet Pickup
Early 1955 Chevrolet Pickup
Early 1955 Chevrolet Pickup
Chevrolet's first major redesign after World War II, the Advance-Design series was promoted as a bigger, stronger, and sleeker design in contrast with the prior AK Series. The became available, June 28, 1947, these trucks were sold with minor changes throughout the years until the Task Force Series trucks were announced March 25, 1955 replacing the dated Advance-Design model.

A similar basic design family was utilized for the majority of its trucks including the canopy express, Suburban, panel trucks, and cab overs. The cab overs utilized similar cab configurations and similar grille however utilized a shorter and taller hood along with different fenders. The Cab Over hood and fenders required a different cowl which makes the Cab Over and normal truck cabs incompatible with each other while all truck cabs of all weights are interchangeable.

Chevrolet trucks were the number one selling truck in the U.S. from 1947 until 1955, with rebranded renditions sold at GMC dealerships

While General Motors utilized this front end sheet metal, and to a lesser degree the cab, on the majority of its trucks aside from the Cab Overs, there are three principle sizes of this vehicle the half, three-quarter, and full ton versions in short and long wheelbase.

After WWII, Chevy announced totally redesigned trucks. Drivers desired a more comfortable ride, offering better visibility and a wider box. The Advanced-Design Half-Ton Truck delivered on every one of those requests. Created from 1947 through 1953, the Advanced-Design assumed an overwhelming role in Chevrolet's prosperity during the first years after the War. The sales ratio of autos to trucks dropped to 2.5:1, and Chevy attained 2 million sales (a first for any American auto producer) in 1950.

Differences

  • 1947 - Gasoline tank filler neck on moved to passenger side of bed. No door vent windows. Hood side emblems read as "Chevrolet" with "Thriftmaster" or "Loadmaster" underneath. Serial numbers: EP ½ ton, ER ¾ ton, and ES 1 ton. Radios were initially available in Chevrolet trucks as an optional "in dash" on the "Advancedl Design" body style.
  • 1948 - Manual transmission shifter moved to column rather than floor. Serial numbers codes were: FP ½ ton, FR ¾ ton, and FS 1 ton.
  • Mid 1949 - Gasoline tank moved upright behind seat in cab; filler neck rearward of passenger door handle. More New serial number codes as: GP ½ ton, GR ¾ ton, and GS 1 ton.
  • Late 1949 - Hood side symbols became numbers that assign cargo capacity as: 3100 - ½ ton, 3600 - ¾ ton, 3800 - 1 ton. Serial number codes continue as before as on mid 1949.
  • 1950 - Telescopic shock absorbers suppplant lever-activity style. Final year for driver side cowl vent, its handle became flat steel, not maroon knob as in earlier years. New serial number codes as: HP ½ ton, HR ¾ ton, and HS 1 ton.
  • 1951 - Vent windows now in doors. Mid-year change from 9-board per bed to 8 boards in the bed. Final year for 80 MPH speedometer, chrome knobs on window handles, and chrome wiper knob. More New serial number codes as: JP ½ ton, JR ¾ ton, and JS 1 ton.
  • 1952 - New pushbutton door handles rather than the past turn down style. Speedometer now shows 90 mph and dashboard trim is painted rather than chrome. Mid-year, Chevrolet quits utilizing the 3100-6400 labels on the hood and changes to maroon wiper and window knobs. More New serial number codes as: KP ½ ton, KR ¾ ton, and KS 1 ton.
  • 1953 - Last year for the 216 in³ inline-six. Hood side emblems now just read 3100, 3600, 3800, 4400, or 6400 in expanded print. Door post ID plate becomes blue with silver letters (past models utilized dark with silver letters). Final year for wooden blocks being used for bed supports. More new serial number codes as: H ½ ton, J ¾ ton, and L 1 ton.
  • 1954 - Only year for noteworthy design changes. Windshield now a curved one-piece glass without vertical partitioning strip. New steering wheel. Redesigned dashboard. Bed cargo rails, now horizontal. Tail lights round rather than rectangular. Grille changed from five flat supports to crossbar outline regularly referred to as a "bull nose" grille, like Dodge truck grille. Engine becomes 235 in³ straight-6. Serial number codes unaltered from 1953. First time for automatic Hydramatic transmission as an available option.
  • 1955 First Series - Identical to the 1954 model year, with the exception of redesigned emblems on the hood-sides, open driveshaft set up of encased torque tube. Serial number codes unaltered from 1953 and 1954.
The Advance-Design trucks was the styling inspiration for both the Chevrolet HHR and the Chevrolet SSR.

Chevrolet Task Force (1955-1960)

1955 Chevrolet Pickup
1955 Chevrolet Pickup
1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup
1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup
1957 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
1957 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo Fleetside Pickup
1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo Fleetside Pickup
1959 Chevrolet Apache 4 Wheel Drive Fleetside Pickup
1959 Chevrolet Apache 4 Wheel Drive Fleetside Pickup
The 1955 Chevrolet Task Force Pickup shares the Bel Air's styling, and offers a new V8 engine. This was the start of new era in pickup trucks, a period when utility vehicles equally fit on a job site or on a gentleman's driveway. Well appointed trucks such as like the El Camino, Avalanch, and Silverado owe their existence to 1955's Cameo Carrier.

Chevy C/K Designation (1960-1999)

Chevy C/K First Generation (1960-1966)

1960 Chevrolet Apache Pickup
1960 Chevrolet Apache Pickup
1961 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1961 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1962 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1962 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1963 Chevrolet C10 Stepside Pickup
1963 Chevrolet C10 Stepside Pickup
1964 Chevrolet Pickup
1964 Chevrolet Pickup
1964 Chevrolet Pickup
1964 Chevrolet Pickup
1965 Chevrolet Pickup
1965 Chevrolet Pickup
1965 Chevrolet Pickup
1965 Chevrolet Pickup
1966 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1966 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
From 1960 until 1998, the C/K was the Chevrolet and GMC' full-size pickup truck line in the United States, and from 1965 to 1999 in Canada, 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and 1975 to 1982 in Chile. The very first Chevrolet pickup was produced in 1924, however in-house designes were not produced until 1930. "C" indicated two-wheel drive and "K" showed four-wheel drive. In 1999, the dated C/K light-duty pickup truck was supplanted with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra badges in the US and Canada, and in Brazil in 2001; the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickups soon followed. Until this date, the names Silverado and Sierra were utilized to distinguish the trim level of the C/K pickup trucks. The 1960 model year presented another body style of light get truck that included numerous firsts. Most significant of these were a drop-center ladder frame, permitting the cab to sit lower, while independent front suspension, provided a nearly auto like ride in a truck. Additionally new for 1960 was a new designation for GM trucks. Gone were the 3100, 3200, and 3600 labels for short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models. Rather, a new designation was applied to 10, 20, and 30 for 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton models. Beginning in 1957, four wheel drive trucks could be ordered from the factory, and the new class scheme made this known. A C (conventional) letter in front of the series number is two-wheel rear drive while a K means four-wheel drive.

Second generation C/K Generation (1967–1972)

1967 Chevrolet Pickup
1967 Chevrolet Pickup
1968 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1968 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1971 Chevrolet Pickup
1971 Chevrolet Pickup
1971 Chevrolet Pickup
1971 Chevrolet Pickup
1972 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
1972 Chevrolet Fleetside Pickup
A new, more advanced look came in 1967, alongside another epithet: "Action Line". It was with this C/K truck line revision that General Motors started to add comfort sand convenience items to a vehicle line that had beforehand been designed only for work. Upgraded styling highlights for the 1967 Chevy Pickup trucks accompanied new body sheet metal that battles rust. The greater part of 10 and 20 arrangement Chevrolet trucks from 1967 to 1972 were worked with a coil spring and trailing arm rear suspension, which significantly enhanced the ride over conventional leaf springs. Notwithstanding, the leaf spring back suspension was still available for those trucks, and standard on 30 series Chevy trucks.

The most visible change in separating a 1968 from a 1967 was the inclusion of side-marker reflectors on all fenders. Likewise, the little back window cab was not available. The GMC grille was redesigned, with the letters "GMC" gone from the flat crossbar. Another enhancement was the Custom Comfort and Convenience interior package included between the Standard cab and CST cab choices. Chevrolet celebrated 50 years of truck manufacturing in 1968, and to celebrate, they released a 50th Anniversary package, which included an exclusive white-gold-white paint scheme. Likewise in 1968, the Longhorn version debuted on 3/4 ton pickup trucks. Including a 133-inch wheelbase indistinguishable from the one-ton trucks, it added an additional 6 inches to the bed. Longhorns, curiously, were 2wd just; no factory Longhorn 4x4 was ever manufactured.

Third generation C/K (1973-1987)

1973 Chevrolet Cheyenne Pickup
1973 Chevrolet Cheyenne Pickup
1980 Chevrolet C20 Silverado Pickup
1980 Chevrolet C20 Silverado Pickup
1983 Chevrolet Scottsdale Pickup
1983 Chevrolet Scottsdale Pickup
1985 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1985 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1987 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1987 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
An all-new clean sheet redesign of General Motors' Chevrolet and GMC brand C/K-Series pickups debuted in mid-1972 for the 1973 model year. Development of the new third-generation trucks began in 1968 with vehicle components undergoing simulated testing on computers before the first prototype pickups were even built for real world testing

Fourth generation C/K (1988-1999)

1988 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 Pickup
1988 Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 Pickup
1989 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1989 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1990 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1990 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1991 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup
1991 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup
1996 Chevrolet Silverado C/K Pickup
1996 Chevrolet Pickup
Planning for the GMT400 began in the early 1980s. After design freeze, production development began in early 1984 and were introduced in April 1987 as 1988 models (known as the GMT400 platform).

Chevrolet Silverado (1999-present)

Introduced in 1999, the Chevrolet Silverado, and its mechanically indistinguishable cousin, the GMC Sierra, are a full-size heavy duty pickup trucks series made by General Motors and are the successor to the long-running Chevrolet C/K model line. The Silverado name was obtained from a trim level utilized previously on the Chevrolet C/K pickup from 1975 through 1998. General Motors continues to build a GMC-badged variation of the Chevrolet full-size pickup using the GMC Sierra name, initially utilized in 1987 as a variation of the GMT400 platform truck line.

Chevrolet Silverado First Generation (1999–2006)

1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
2003 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
2003 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
2003 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
2003 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
2006 Chevrolet 2500
2006 Chevrolet 2500
The GMT800 Silverado-Sierra 1500 and 2500 light duty pickup trucks were announced in 1998 as 1999 models. The "classict" light-duty GMT400 C/K trucks continued production during that first year alongside the new model line, and the Heavy-Duty GMT400 pickup trucks (alongside the GMT400 SUVs) were continued through the year 2000, with the new GMT800 Silverado/Sierra HD being presented. A small redesign was presented in 2002, bringing slight design changes along with a sound and HVAC controls upgrade. The 2007 production models utilized the name "classic" to mean the distinction between the first and second generation trucks

Chevrolet Silverado Second generation (2007–2014)

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2010 Chevrolet Silverado
2010 Chevrolet Silverado
2012 Chevrolet Silverado
2012 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The all-new GMT900 generation of the Silverado/Sierra arrived in the last quarter of 2006 as a 2007 model. It features a redesigned exterior, interior, frame, and suspension as well as power increases on certain engines. It takes styling cues from the 2007 GMT900 SUVs and the Chevrolet Colorado pickups. Like the GMT900 SUVs, these pickups also have greatly improved aerodynamics over their predecessors like steeply raked windshields and tighter panel gaps which improve fuel economy. The GMT800 models were continued through 2007 badged as "Classic", just as the GMT400 models continued for two years after the GMT800's introduction.

Chevrolet Silverado Third generation (2014–present)

2015 Chevrolet Silverado
2015 Chevrolet Silverado
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
On December 13, 2012, the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, along with the related 2014 GMC Sierra were introduced in Detroit, Michigan, later making their public debut at the North American International Auto Show. GM dropped the 900 platform and changed to K2XX. The third generation Silverado 1500 has three gas engine options: 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6, 5.3 L EcoTec3 V8, or 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8. Chevrolet's MyLink touch-screen multimedia interface system will be available on most models.
There are A2DP stereo streaming technologies, Bluetooth hands-free telephone, USB hookups, and an input for an Apple iPod or iPhone. When connected via the USB port, an iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus is able to stream music from Pandora Radio. A Bose premium audio system, as well as a Bose surround sound audio system is available on most models. OnStar is standard on all models.

Chevrolet Avalanche (2001-2013)

2001 Chevrolet Avalanche
2001 Chevrolet Avalanche
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalanche was a four-door, five or six passenger pickup truck sharing GM's long-wheelbase chassis used on the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade EXT. Breaking with a long-standing tradition, the Avalanche was not available as a GMC, but only as a Chevrolet. Production of the Avalanche started in September 2001 and ended April 2013; producing two generations in its lifespan.

2003 models featured a darker cladding, but GM's new president, Rick Wagoner, demanded removal of this "unpopular" trim (as did certain elements of the public). From mid-year, Avalanche could be ordered without the cladding. The uncladded model, known as the Without Body Hardware (or better by its acronym "WBH"), and alternatively called "slicksides" by GM marketers, resembles the '03-'05 Silverado in the front.

Compact Pickups
Chevrolet has also sold or produced many compact/mid-size pickup trucks:

Chevrolet Corvair 95 Pickup (1961-1965)

1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Pickup
1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Pickup
1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95
1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95
1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside
1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside
1964 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Pickup
1964 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Pickup
A Corvair truck could be ordered as a "Loadside" or "Rampside". The Loadside was essentially a pickup truck with a standard tail gate. The Loadside was only produced two years and is the rarest of the Corvairs; production totaled 2,844 in 1961 and 369 in 1962. The Rampside had a side ramp to be used for loading and unloading cargo. These were used by the Bell Telephone Company, because loading and unloading of cable drums was eased by the side ramp.

Chevrolet LUV (1972-1980)

1972 Chevrolet LUV
1972 Chevrolet LUV
1978 Chevrolet LUV
1978 Chevrolet LUV
1979 Chevrolet LUV
1979 Chevrolet LUV
1980 Chevrolet LUV
1980 Chevrolet LUV
The LUV and the later LUV D-Max are light pickup trucks were designed and produced by Isuzu and sold in the Americas by Chevrolet from 1972 to 1982. The trucks, created during four successive generations, are rebadged variations of the Isuzu Faster and Isuzu D-Max. LUV is an acronym for "light utility vehicle".

Chevrolet S-10 (1982-2003)

1982 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
1982 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
1994 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
1994 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
2000 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
2000 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
2003 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
2003 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
The compact S-10 was the first compact pickup truck created by one of the big three American auto makers. Introduced in 1982, the GMC adaptation was labeled the S-15 and later became the GMC Sonoma. A high performance variant was produced in 1991 with the name of GMC Syclone. The pickup was sold as the Hombre by Isuzu from 1996 through 2000, although only in North America. There was additionally a SUV model, the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer/GMC S-15 Jimmy. An electric model was leased as a fleet vehicle during 1997 and 1998. Together, these pickups are regularly called to as the S-series. The S-series was replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon in 2003

Chevrolet Colorado (2003-present)

2003 Chevrolet Colorado
2003 Chevrolet Colorado
2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
2019 Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon were jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu. Isuzu, which participated in the design process, began selling its own version worldwide in 2002. In late 2005, Isuzu offered a version in North America called the Isuzu i series. This North American model Isuzu shared North American powertrains, styling, and equipment with the Colorado/Canyon twins and differed from Isuzu's worldwide offering. All Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu versions worldwide are based on the GMT355,

Chevrolet Coupe Utility
Chevrolet has also produced pickup trucks based on passenger cars:

Chevrolet Coupe Utility

1937 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1937 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1948 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1948 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1952 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
1952 Chevrolet Coupe Utility
Coupe utilities have been produced in Australia since the 1930s. The three major Australian manufacturers (GM-Holden, Ford and Chrysler) offered coupe utility versions of their most popular models and many of the smaller manufacturers also offered coupe utilities in their range. In many situations if a coupe utility was not available as part of the regular model range an aftermarket coachbuilder would build one to customer order. Coupe utilities were also offered by various manufacturers on light truck style chassis alongside their regular style pickup and cab-chassis models.

Chevrolet El Camino 1st generation (1959-1960)

1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
1960 Chevrolet El Camino
Chevrolet El Camino is a coupé utility vehicle that was produced by Chevrolet between 1959–60 and 1964–1987. Unlike a pickup truck, the El Camino was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. Introduced in the 1959 model year in response to the success of the Ford Ranchero coupé utility, its first run lasted only two years.

Chevrolet El Camino 2nd generation (1964-1967)

1964 Chevrolet El Camino
1964 Chevrolet El Camino
1965 Chevrolet El Camino
1965 Chevrolet El Camino
1966 Chevrolet El Camino
1966 Chevrolet El Camino
1967 Chevrolet El Camino
1967 Chevrolet El Camino
Production resumed for the 1964–1977 model years based on the Chevelle platform, and continued for the 1978–1987 model years based on the GM G-body platform.

Chevrolet El Camino 3rd generation (1968-1972)

1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS
1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS
1969 Chevrolet El Camino
1969 Chevrolet El Camino
Chevrolet introduced a longer El Camino in 1968, based on the Chevelle station wagon/four-door sedan wheelbase (116 inches with an overall length of 208 ines it also shared Chevelle Malibu exterior and interior trims.

Chevrolet El Camino 4th generation (1973-1977)

1973 Chevrolet El Camino
1973 Chevrolet El Camino
1974 Chevrolet El Camino
1974 Chevrolet El Camino
1975 Chevrolet El Camino
1975 Chevrolet El Camino
1976 Chevrolet El Camino
1976 Chevrolet El Camino
1977 Chevrolet El Camino
1977 Chevrolet El Camino
For 1973, the El Camino was redesigned. Matching the Chevelle line and using the wagon chassis, it was the largest El Camino generation. Energy-absorbing hydraulic front bumper systems on these vehicles added more weight. There were two different trim levels of El Caminos during this period. The base model and SS option shared interior and exterior appointments with the Chevelle Malibu, while the El Camino Classic (introduced for 1974) shared its trim with the more upscale Chevelle Malibu Classic.

Chevrolet El Camino 5th generation (1978-1987)

1978 Chevrolet El Camino
1978 Chevrolet El Camino
1979 Chevrolet El Camino
1979 Chevrolet El Camino
1980 Chevrolet El Camino
1980 Chevrolet El Camino
1986 Chevrolet El Camino
1986 Chevrolet El Camino
1987 Chevrolet El Camino
1987 Chevrolet El Camino
The 1978 through 1987 El Caminos were produced in four trim levels: Classic, Black Knight (1978)/Royal Knight (1979–83), Conquista and Super Sport, and shared chassis components with the Chevrolet Malibu. Chevrolet 90° V6 and Buick V6 engines were used for the first time. The optional 305 cubic-inch small block V8 was rated at 150 or 165 hp and from 1982–1984, the Oldsmobile-sourced diesel engine was also optional.

Chevrolet SSR (2003-2006)

2003 Chevrolet SSR
2003 Chevrolet SSR
2004 Chevrolet SSR
2004 Chevrolet SSR
2005 Chevrolet SSR
2005 Chevrolet SSR
2006 Chevrolet SSR
2006 Chevrolet SSR
The SSR (Super Sport Roadster), a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck was produced between 2003 and 2006.

Both the 2003 and 2004 models featured the GM Vortec 5300 engine, a 5.3 liter 300 hp V8. It reached 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds and 15.9 s/86.4 mph in the quarter mile. The 2005 SSR utilized the 390 hp LS2 V8 also installed in the C6 Corvette and Pontiac GTO, and there was also a six-speed Tremec manual transmission option. The 2006 model year, LS2 engine had minor changes that helped boost output to 395 hp (with an automatic transmission) and 400 hp (with manual transmission), respectively. GM badges were also added to the vehicle.

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