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Autotrader Find: 2001 GMC Sierra C3

Generally, a GMC Sierra from the early 2000s wouldn’t be worthy of much attention, but this isn’t just any Sierra. Today’s Autotrader find is a rare Sierra C3, which was offered for just the 2001 model year and in low production figures.

GMC’s popular Denali sub-brand originally launched in 1999 as a top-spec trim level offered on the Yukon, but didn’t jump to the Sierra line until the 2002 model year. Prior to realizing it had struck gold with the Denali brand, GMC first offered its luxury version of the Sierra pickup with C3 branding.

While the first-generation Sierra Denali came standard with GM’s clever Quadrasteer 4-wheel steering feature, the C3 had traditional 2-wheel steering. The Sierra C3 packed a 6.0-liter V8 putting out 325 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 4-speed automatic, and full-time 4-wheel drive, which was unique to the C3 trim. The C3 was offered with chrome trim, leather, power-adjustable heated front seats, high-end audio and slightly unique grille and lower bumper designs. The C3 was offered exclusively with the Sierra’s extended cab body style.

Overall production figures for the C3 are tough to come by, but given its short model run, your author would wager that the number stands at no more than about 20,000 units.

This GMC Sierra C3 is offered by a private seller in Hackettstown, New Jersey, a suburb of the New York City metro area. It comes with just under 96,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $5,500. Find a GMC Sierra for sale

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Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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