Autotrader Find: Pristine Yellow 1985 Chevy Pickup

Here’s something you don’t see very often: A beautifully preserved 1985 Chevy Pickup, finished in yellow and driven just 81,000 miles since it was sold new nearly 35 years ago. This truck is sure to excite vintage truck enthusiasts — and, yes, there is such a thing as "vintage truck enthusiasts," a group that’s only been growing in recent years.

This is a 1985 Chevy C1500, meaning that it’s a 2-wheel drive, full-size, non-heavy-duty pickup. It appears that this shade of pale yellow was the truck’s original color, and this particular truck is even wearing a color-matched camper shell in back. All the oversized badges appear to be present, and this truck also features charming white-wall tires.

It’s offered for $14,975 by Frankman Motor Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where I’ve seen a few interesting vehicles in the past — and this one looks like an excellent candidate for a truck enthusiast. According to the Carfax report, it was sold new in South Dakota in September 1985, and it’s stayed in the state ever since — and the report suggests the mileage is original.

Vintage trucks are becoming more popular due to their cool look, their utility and the simple fact that very few were preserved, as these were sold as workhorses back when they were new. This one is an excellent (and eye-catching) example of the full-size Chevy pickup of the 1980s.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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