The Chevrolet C1500 is a full-size pickup truck that was sold from 1960 through the 2000 model year. "C" models of the truck featured rear-wheel drive. "K" models indicated a 4-wheel drive powertrain. The Chevrolet Silverado has now replaced the C/K. During its last few years of production, the C/K competed with such vehicles as the Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram.
Chevrolet C1500 Styling
The Chevy C1500 went through four generations of body design. The final design was introduced for the 1988 model year. Based on the GMT400 platform, the vehicle was nearly identical to another GM truck – the GMC Sierra. Essentially, the two vehicles differed only in grille and taillight designs.
The truck was available in standard, extended and crew cab body styles. Crew cab models featured a 2nd-row of seating and accommodated up to six passengers. Standard and extended models offered seating for up to three passengers. Long-bed versions of the C/K featured an 8.1-foot long cargo bed. Short bed models featured a 6.5-foot long cargo bed.
Chevrolet C1500 Trim Levels
The C/K boasted three different chassis levels – 1500 (half-ton), 2500 (3/4-ton) and 3500 (1-ton). Initial trim options for the final generation of the pickup included Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado. A sport-oriented 454 SS was introduced for the 1990 model year and discontinued following the 1993 model year. In the final years of production, the trim lineup was downsized to base, LS and LS Premium trim levels.
The base C1500 trim came standard with such features as variable-assist power steering, vinyl seats, stereo system with radio, variable intermittent wipers and theft-deterrent system. Base K models added front tow hooks.***** The LS trim added air conditioning, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cassette player, cloth seats, full power accessories, body-side molding and a front bumper rub strip. The LS Premium trim rounded out the lineup with leather upholstery, split-bench front seat, remote keyless entry and 6-way power driver's seat.
Chevrolet C1500 Performance
A total of seven engines were available throughout the Chevy C/K's final generation. For the final few years, the base engine for the pickup was a 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivered 255 horsepower and 330 lb-ft. of torque. A 7.4-liter V8 was also available, delivering 290 horsepower and 410 lb-ft. of torque. A 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8 offered 195 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque.
A 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed manual transmission came standard depending on the particular vehicle model. EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ranged from 13 mpg to 15 mpg in the city and 17 mpg to 19 mpg on the highway depending on the powertrain.
Chevrolet C1500 Safety
Dual front airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights came standard on all final models of the Chevrolet C/K. A locking differential was available as an optional upgrade. In NHTSA crash tests, the 1998 Chevy C/K earned 4 out of 5 stars in the category of driver front impact. A 3-star rating was awarded in the category of passenger front impact.