How to Find a 1950-1970 Chevy Pickup Truck

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This early 1960s pickup truck may be cheap to purchase but will cost a fortune to restore.

Finding a 1950 to 1970 Chevrolet pickup truck is a relatively easy task. 1950- to 1960-model Chevy trucks are highly sought among collectors and can be expensive, yet are readily available in most parts of North America. 1961 to 1970 Chevy pickups are more plentiful and cheaper to purchase. These trucks, however, don't necessarily have the nostalgic appeal of the earlier models but can be more practical daily drivers.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
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Instructions

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      Narrow your search to a specific style and model year range of Chevy pickup. Establish your criteria: model-year range, daily or weekend driver, how much you plan to spend and how far are you willing to travel to buy it.

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      Log on to an automotive-selling website. Avoid websites specializing in new or used cars and trucks. You will find few vintage 1950 to 1965 Chevy trucks and probably only a handful of late 1960s models. There are several websites that specialize in vintage trucks and cars.

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      Fill in the text fields of the website to select the type of Chevrolet truck you desire. Consider that half-trucks are more plentiful than larger 1- and 2-ton models because many half-ton models were used for light work and were more practical for daily, recreational driving. Larger trucks were workhorses and often retired to the junkyard when they outlived their usefulness.

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      Enter the model year range in the text field: 1950 to about 1955 for bulbous postwar styling; late 1950s to early 1960s for the more squared, masculine look; mid-1960s to 1970 for more streamlined and contemporary styling. Enter the price range. A restored 1950 Chevy five-window short bed 3100 Series truck can command a price tag upwards of $20,000 or more. A similar-vintage truck that needs total refurbishing may cost $3,000. A 1969 half-ton model with an engine, interior and body in good driving condition may sell for about $5,000.

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      Enter your zip code or city in the website text field and how many miles you are willing to travel to negotiate a sale. The farther you are willing to travel, the more vehicle choices you will have. Narrow your search to your own city and you likely will find just a few trucks.

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      Try to avoid trucks for sale in parts of North America that have snowy winters. The roads are salted and the vehicles are likely to have rust problems. Search for trucks in dry climates like the American Southwest.

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      Subscribe to truck club magazines and read the classified sections,. Generally, these vehicles are treated well because the owners are enthusiasts. Visit local car shows. Collectible Chevy trucks are almost always for sale.

Tips & Warnings

  • Alternative searches for a Chevy truck can include reading weekly or monthly vintage vehicle classified advertisement publications. Potential buyers should be aware that publishing schedules result in vehicles being listed days or weeks after first being offered for sale and the vehicles may be not be available when you are ready to buy. Vintage trucks for sale in daily newspaper classified sections are increasingly rare.

  • Never purchase a vintage vehicle without investigating its history. A Chevy truck for sale in Southern California may have lived its life in upstate New York. Surviving more than more than 40 years of harsh winters may require extensive repair and restoration. A vintage truck should be inspected by a certified mechanic to determine its condition.

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References

  • Photo Credit pickup image by Allyson Ricketts from Fotolia.com

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