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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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  1. Makes my $900 mint 1985 Dodge D150 with 60,000 seen like a pretty good deal. Glad I didn’t let my wife trash it or sell it. 

  2. I had one of these in Brown over tan with tan interior with 92k. I bought it for 3500 and it was an old mans truck he used to tow his boat until 1997 when he passed away and it sat until I bought it. It was nearly this clean and was pretty much the exact same options. Great truck while I had it and I used it primarily as a weekender or nice day driver to go to and from work/college. Used it to haul furniture for when I moved out as well. Sadly it got stolen in front of my parents house one day. 

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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