This 1970 Chevy C10 went for bonkers dough at Barrett-Jackson

This is a good looking 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck. It’s had a ton of work done to it, and it appears to be quite well built. Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 450 horsepower. A six-speed automatic bolts up to a 12-bolt rear end. And the chassis rides right on a pro-touring style suspension setup. This is a very cool truck. But I’m blown away by the fact that someone thinks it’s a $110,000 truck.

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas event is where the transaction went down. A buyer happily forked over one hundred and ten thousand dollars for this modified and restored Chevy truck. Used C10 prices were already inching toward idiotic at all levels of quality, but this will only push everyone else’s prices that much higher.

Go to your local Craigslist. Type in C10. And let me know what you find. Here’s a nice clean driver: And I’m guessing that price just went up $5,000 since the Barrett auction.

And here’s an older Chevy truck, in worse shape, with a higher asking price:

It gets worse though. And it shows no signs of slowing. I found so many more examples just on my local Craigslist. And I’m partially blaming the 1970 C10 sold at Barrett. But really this problem started before this truck crossed the block.

Is this auctioned-off example cool? Absolutely. I love the olive green paint scheme and I can live with the wheel choice (though I cannot get past that shit looking steering wheel). Would this truck be a thrill to drive? Without a doubt! It’s got great power, large brakes, and a proper suspension setup. It probably drives better than a lot of modern sports cars. Can I find my way to its $110,000 hammer price? Hell. No.

Someone was drunk in Vegas and spent far too much money on a $25,000 truck wearing $30,000 worth of parts.

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21 responses to “This 1970 Chevy C10 went for bonkers dough at Barrett-Jackson”

  1. GTXcellent Avatar

    My very first truck was a 1970 CST10. 350 (factory 4bbl), TH350, long box, hugger orange and white. Just plain awesome!

    I paid the huge sum of $150 for it – but – it also had a metal Delta toolbox that I freshened up and sold for $75. This wasn’t THAT long ago (1992). Guess those days are looong gone.

  2. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I can’t argue with the craftsmanship but the price is crackpipe, the wheels are naff and that truck will never haul anything more demanding than a beer cooler. I like pickups because they can haul stuff and this will never haul gravel, or greasy engine blocks. It might pull a trailer queen chopper but never a rusty project car.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Yep, totally a well built very cool truck with an absolute dumb sale price.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        Playing devil’s advocate here, but the sale price was set by at least two bidders, both of whom apparently had at least six figures of disposable income.

        1. Dante Rainier Avatar
          Dante Rainier

          and 2 figures of automotive IQ

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    It’s undeniably awesome, but proof that people have more money than they do common sense (or skill, apparently). It’s trucks like this that are pushing rusty non-running classic truck prices through the roof.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I’m already prepared to entertain offers of slightly less than $110,000 for my rusty but running ’70 International. For a high enough price I’ll even consider reattaching the tailgate, or at least throwing it in the back as part of the deal. No lowball offers. I know what I’ve got.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        Clearly those Internationals are much more rare than Chevys, so that makes them more valuable, right?

  4. Maymar Avatar

    In my local classifieds, basically nothing under $20k unless it’s a total basket case missing a bed, at least for that era Chevy truck. Square bodies are still reasonably attainable though (a couple very nice drivers under $10k), and GMT400s are still plenty attainable (I have a soft spot for those).

    Ridiculous, but as long as there’s clean basic single cab pickups available, I’m content enough.

  5. I_Borgward Avatar

    Wait for the tail end of the Great Boomer Die-Off, prices will come back down.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      I keep hoping for Model T prices to fall, too, but so far they seem at best to be holding steady.

      1. I_Borgward Avatar

        It’s all of those “Save the Planetary” die-hards keeping the prices up.

      2. I_Borgward Avatar

        It’s all of those “Save the Planetary” die-hards keeping the prices up.

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          That should be a Blipshift shirt

          1. I_Borgward Avatar

            You want three pedals? It’s got three pedals!

          2. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            For even more theft-proof-ness than you would have thought possible.

  6. Ryan Kelley Avatar
    Ryan Kelley

    I picked my 71 K5 Blazer in 2010 for $3500. It’s getting hard to find a lot box for that price now.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Plenty of Monteros for that price though, haha

  7. onrails Avatar

  8. Gary Avatar

    Matter of time prices will drop. Doesn’t matter though I love my c 10. Not in it to make money. I would sell it tomorrow for 7000.00. And it’s really nice! Bought it for 1500.00. Guy didn’t know what he had that day. Lol.

  9. Javier martinez Avatar
    Javier martinez

    What color code is this green?