1972 Chevrolet C10
Pro Street Pickup
1972 Chevrolet C10 Pro Street
- Frame Off Restoration
- $15k Motor Professionally Built by Performance Engineering
- 403ci V8 with 444 ft/lbs of Torque at 3-7k RPM
- 500 HP
- 400 Automatic with 2200 Stall
- Detroit Lock 12 Bolt Rear End
- Air Ride Suspension
- TMI Interior
- 447 Miles Since Built
- All New Components
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“The 1967-1972 Chevrolet/GMC C/K series of pickups is well on its way to achieving icon status….” Motor Trend, August 2000
Here's what Chevrolet had to say about its C10 pickups in a magazine advertisement back in the day: “Put on a colorful Chevy decal, for starters, one of ten available for our light trucks. Then you could add special mags, wide F60 tires and such. (Anything we don't offer, Chevy dealers can help you get.) Or, quietly personalize your Chevy Truck with extras like… power assists, the Custom Camper package—you name it, and it's available. As for our practical side, it's simply this: Chevy builds tough trucks. So tough in fact, R. L. Polk figures show 55% of our '56s are still going strong (nobody else has even half).”
The final line in the ad: “Come on, express yourself.”
Hold that thought.
Offered here is a 1972 Chevrolet C10 short-bed pickup fully and professionally converted to a “Pro Street” racer. The accompanying list provides details on the quality of the components used to bring the truck to this level. Since this spectacular restoration and build were completed, the C10 has traveled just 447 miles.
Here's how David Freiburger, the editor of Hot Rod magazine, on the origin and definition of the term: “A Pro Street car must be drag racing-oriented and have wheel tubs under the back end that allow for oversized, very wide tires to be fit under the stock body. That's fact. As for my opinion, a Pro Street car is typically also stock bodied and ostensibly street driven. When the style originated in the mid to late '70s, it was inspired by the NHRA drag racing Pro Stock class of the mid '70s, hence where the 'Pro' in Pro Street came from.”
This light-blue-and-white over black '71 C10 fully meet's Freiburger's definition. As part of its frame-off restoration, the truck's exterior sheet metal has been restored to like-new, stock condition. There are no flaws, and the finish is uniformly lustrous across the entire truck, including the cargo body. The truck's stock appearance has been maintained from its single headlight black grille to the “Chevrolet”-embossed tailgate. Chrome trim, including bumpers, side mirror, door handles, and grille trim, is in pristine condition. Factory badging is limited to the blue-bowtie grille emblem and “CST10” front-fender emblems common to the entry-level pickups of the day. The chrome 5-spoke wheels could be just an appearance add-on. But any “stock” impression comes to an end with a quick appraisal of the truck's definitely-not-stock stance, and a look inside the rear fenders where massive Mickey Thompson drag slicks deliver a compelling impression of über-performance.
The truck's black-themed interior is built from custom TMI® components. Horizontally pleated black leather covers the bucket seats, center armrest, and console (with cupholders). Door trim has been reimagined in leather with vertically pleated inserts. A light-blue, period-correct, sport steering wheel with Impala-and-race-flags center emblem frames a stock appearing instrument cluster set in a black-and-chrome panel (the remainder of the dashboard is painted light blue). In fact, all the white-faced gauges—160-mph speedometer, 10,000-rpm tachometer, analog clock, and fuel-level, alternator-output, coolant-temperature, oil-pressure gauges— are Velocity Classic Instruments® aftermarket upgrades. The controls for the air suspension are mounted below the dash. Stock-appearing heating and ventilation slide-lever controls, a stock-appearing push-button radio, and the stock glove box complete the dash.
Under the hood, all semblance of “stock” vanishes completely with the sight of the purpose-built, 403-cubic-inch V8 (generating 444 ft-lbs of torque) professionally created by Performance Engineering. MSD® ignition, an aluminum radiator, billet-aluminum hardware, and steel-braided fuel lines are all in place. A chrome-trimmed air cleaner and “Performance Engineering”-branded black valve covers add even more flair to a perfectly organized, spotless engine bay. Viewed from below, the truck's chassis is similarly pristine. The custom exhaust headers, x-routed dual-exhaust system, and Detroit 12-bolt rear end are focal points. There is no damage whatsoever to the chassis, and no rust.
The truck's original build and identification tag remains mounted.
While the more than 160 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '72 Chevy C10 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Pro Street cars and trucks combine excellent show with no-b.s. go. This light-blue C10 is a perfect example of the breed.