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Autotrader Find: 1987 Chevy C30 “Desert Fox”


“Desert Fox” is a name normally associated with retro GMC trucks and SUVs from the 1970s. However, today’s Autotrader Find puts a little spin on that classic look. It’s a 1987 Chevy C30 Silverado dually pickup that has received an aftermarket Desert Fox treatment — and we’re into it.

What is Desert Fox?

The original Desert Fox was a GMC truck from the 1970s that was available as a Sierra pickup or a Jimmy SUV. The name referred to an appearance package using sandy colors like various shades of brown and tan to form distinct stripes around the truck. You may remember GMC showing a new Desert Fox concept truck in 2017, based on a contemporary Sierra 1500. Unfortunately, the concept never made it to production.

Desert Fox was exclusive to the GMC brand, but someone decided that look would be a good fit on a Chevy C30 from the 1980s. Whoever made that decision was right. What we see here is a very well-executed application of the same look on a heavy-duty Chevy pickup that looks like it could be from the factory.

The truck itself is an excellent candidate for a Desert Fox makeover – a clean, relatively low-mile, single-cab C30. It harkens back to the days when heavy-duty trucks were tools used for work rather than the monstrous luxury vehicles they are today. The Desert Fox look gives it some extra flair, but it retains its charming humility.

A cool bonus is that the listing claims this truck was originally owned by four-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser. Supposedly, he used it to haul horses in California.

Worth It?

This unique truck is available for sale in Milford, Michigan, with an asking price of $39,995. It doesn’t have the luxury or the capability of a modern HD pickup. However, that price sounds about right for a well-preserved and very tastefully modified classic truck. Find a Chevrolet C/K for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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