Word Salad: 44k-Mile 1978 Chevrolet K30 Silverado Deluxe Camper Special Crew Cab Fleetside Dually 4x4 4-Speed Pickup
- December 13, 2020
Introduced for 1973 and produced with refinements through ‘87, General Motors’ “Square Body” light and medium-duty trucks were a massive success for the company’s Chevrolet and GMC divisions, and despite their name, the bodies of these pickups are in fact more aero-efficient than their 1967-1972 predecessors. A wide array of engines, drivetrain options, comfort and convenience features were available with the check of an order-form box at your friendly local dealer, giving buyers the uncommon ability to custom order a GM truck to their individual needs and tastes.
Accompanied by the original dealer invoice issued to Dan Flamer Pontiac-Chevrolet Inc. of Carson City, Nevada, this 1978 Chevrolet K30 1-ton 4x4 also features a Crew Cab for 3+3 seating and the traction of dual rear wheels per side. It’s understood to have remained with the original buyer’s family for several decades and was more recently found in a Nevada barn. It’s an original West Coast truck built in Fremont, California, and power is supplied by the original LS9 5.7L 4V V8 through the heavy-duty SM465 4-speed manual transmission featuring a “granny” low first gear and a reputation for toughness. The 4-wheel drive is handled by an NP205 transfer case - a heavy-duty gear driven unit manufactured by New Process in Syracuse New York – while the front axle is a heavy-duty Dana-60 and the rear is a heavy-duty Dana 70 with dual rear wheels.
The many factory options on this truck make it one of the most expensive vehicles General Motors offered in 1978, and it was priced like a new Cadillac Seville. Factory options include a 4.10 rear end, power-assisted heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty steering package, roof lamps, chrome grille and bumpers, air conditioning (needs recharge), DLX Camper Package, Silverado trim, comfort tilt, camper mirrors, and an auxiliary fuel tank. It’s finished in Frost White Solid (12), which understandably has some thin spots representing perfect patina, but it’s in overall amazing condition for 4-decade old GM paint. Original features and options include chrome front and rear bumpers, a chrome grille, and trim with original red painted inserts. The cabin is trimmed in Blue Custom cloth with bench seats front and rear and space for 6 adults. The matching door panels feature manual window cranks, and the original 1978 Silverado trim still appears factory bright, with the instrument cluster retaining polished gauges, while the beautiful blue interior shows limited signs of use.
Trucks like this one were – and even more so now - few and far between. It’s exceptionally well equipped for hard work yet seems to have led an easier-than-intended lifetime. True comparable sales are rare, but one was found during a quick survey of Bring a Trailer that sold earlier this year for $41k – a nearly equivalent 1980 GMC with a factory 454 V8 and added Gear Vendors overdrive, and our subject pickup carries great history, looks fantastic, is in great low-mile condition, and is nearly an even match. Accordingly, we feel it’s fair value at the reasonable asking price and could be considered very well bought with a little expert negotiation.
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