While the pickup production started back in the 20s and they were as American as a vehicle can get, since then, the popularity of pickup trucks has been steadily growing all over the world. In America, they climbed on the very top of the ladder and the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicles in the country for years and years now. Back in the days, they were a symbol of toughness and working class – today, they are the symbol of practicality and even comfort with all the newest features and technologies.
As the time has passed, the old classic pickups have even become collectibles and you would be surprised to hear how much some people were willing to pay for them on auctions. At least for some models, to be precise. There, of course, are some old pickups that you can get for a couple of monthsworth of rent. However, there are also those that cost more than entire houses.
So let’s take a look at 10 most expensive and 10 cheapest classic pickup trucks out there. We are going to talk about some pretty incredible numbers so get ready to be impressed by how much some of these old cars are worth nowadays.
20 Cheap Collector: 1963 Dodge D-100 ($4,000)
If you are a fan of classic pickup trucks and you would like to rebuild and modify one for yourself, buying the 1963 Dodge D-100 could be a good option. You can get it for $4,000 but keep in mind that you will probably spend a lot more if you want to turn it into one of those impressive, fully restored vehicles that we usually see showcased on different auto shows.
However, back in the day, this truck used to be quite popular simply because it had one of the best hauling capacities among the competitors in its class.
So yes, it might be old and cheap, but it is not a bad truck at all.
19 Cheap Collector: 1973-1979 Ford F-Series ($6,300)
The Ford F-150 has not only been the best-selling pickup truck of all time since the beginning of its days but it has also been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for many years. And while the 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch costs around $65,000, you can get the vintage F-series for much less. The 1973-1979 Ford F-Series in average condition is sold for $6,300 which is a great starting price if you want to modify and rebuild your classic pickup truck. At this price, the old F-Series definitely deserves its spot on the list of the 10 cheapest classic pickup trucks out there.
18 Cheap Collector: 1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup ($7,400)
While Chevrolet holds most of the spots on the most expensive classic pickup trucks list, there are also some Chevy models that are the exact opposite.
One of them is the 1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup, usually sold for $7,400 in average condition.
The C/K was one of the most popular full-size pickup truck lines back in the days with the third generation (1973-1987) being one of the cheapest ones you can find on the market nowadays. If you want to buy one of this classic trucks to modify and reconstruct it, we recommend purchasing the cleanest one you can find.
17 Cheap Collector: 1949-1952 Chevrolet Advance Design Series ($7,500)
The prices of the 1949-1952 Chevrolet Advance Design Series is anywhere in between $7,500 and $12,000 but the Model 3100s in an average condition will cost you somewhere around $10,000. Yes, you can find it for less on auctions but make sure that you are okay with the condition the vehicle comes in. TheDrive reports: “Don’t look for creature comforts: You get a hardly-adjustable vinyl bench seat, plain black rubber mats, old-style vent wing windows, a column shifter for the three-speed manual, and no air conditioning. Under the hood: GM’s rugged 216cid and, later, a 235cid overhead-valve inline-six. No small-block V-8s until 1955.”
16 International Pickups ($4,000>)
When it comes to International Pickups, it doesn’t really matter which series you decide to go for – all of them are on the lowest end of the scale price-wise. According to reports: “International Harvester primarily served as an agricultural machinery company, but they produced pickup trucks of varying sizes and capacities for most of the 20th Century. Project trucks were easier to find, but the running trucks we found ran the gamut from early pushrod-sixes—International was an early adopter of overhead-valve engines in the ‘49 L-Series—to haggard V8-powered D-Series.”
You can find a running International truck at a price as low as $3,500 but if you want some of the older models, expect to pay $4,000 or more.
They have a great vintage look and the brand has some rarity to it.
15 Cheap Collector: 1962-1971 Jeep Gladiator ($3,000)
The 1962-1971 Jeep Gladiator and J-Series, in general,can be found at ridiculously low prices nowadays and depending on the condition, you should count on spending around $3,000 if you want to purchase one of these old babies. Roadkillreports: “Most of the Gladiators were sold, unsurprisingly for Jeep, as 4x4s and they were the first four-wheel-drive trucks offered with independent front suspension. Early models were powered by a 230 cubic-inch overhead-cam straight-six, the only such mass-produced engine built at the time. Jeep added V8 options later: first the AMC 327, then a Buick 350, then the gamut of AMC offerings after AMC obtained Kaiser-Jeep in 1970.” Their beautiful appearance and brand recognition make this a good collector truck.
14 Cheap Colelctor: 1972-1980 Dodge D-Series ($3,000)
The good old 1972 to 1980 Dodge D-Series can be found at ridiculously low prices at the moment. You can pay for a running truck for as little as $2,000 but the average price for an average classic D-series is somewhere around $3,000. According to RoadKill, “The early runs of these trucks were basic, hard-working trucks that just look right. Dodge also introduced the Club Cab in 1972, which gave a bit more room for interior storage or the chance to wedge an unlucky human being sideways behind the driver.” If you go for a newer model, let’s say the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, you will probably pay a bit more but the earlier models can be bought for summer cash job.
13 Cheap Collector: 1968-1972 Toyota Hilux ($1,800)
The 1968-1972 Toyota Hilux is one of the cheapest pickup trucks on our list. You can easily get the basic truck for as little as $1,800 while the 4x4 will be somewhat more expensive. However, don’t let the low price fool you.
This truck is not bad at all.
According to RoadKill, “As Top Gear documented years ago, these have a well-earned reputation for being indestructible. That centers around the Toyota R-engine that have cultivated fans among the off-road world for it grunt (though not outright horsepower) and durability.” Sounds like a great truck for restoring and modifying, especially considering the incredibly low price.
12 Cheap Collector: Datsun Pickups ($2,500)
If you have never heard of Datsun, don’t worry – they don’t exist anymore. Datsun was, in fact, Nissan’s predecessor known for imported light-duty trucks from Japan back in the days. Roadkill reports: “From the early 520s to the Nissan D21 Hardbody trucks, they served well in the U.S. and many are still around. Through 1980, the pickups all ran the L-series engine, common to almost every Datsun sold here except the six-cylinder Z-cars. While they look perhaps a bit slighter than most other pickups, the fact that so many Datsun trucks are still around speaks to their surprising durability.” You can easily find one of Datsun’s pickups for as little as $2,500.
11 Cheap Collector: 1979–1996 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup ($3,000)
We have to admit that the old Volkswagen Caddy was kind of a strange concept,to begin with so there is no wonder its price went down instead of up as the years passed. Roadkill explains: “Instead of starting from scratch, they built a lengthened two-seater Rabbit with a small bed in place of the hatchback. Called the ‘Caddy,’ the little pickup retained front-wheel drive and engine options that included a 78-horsepower 1.6-liter gas engine and a non-turbo diesel engine that made all of 48 clattering horsepower on a good day.” You can find a running Caddy for around $3,000 but you should check for rust because that was one of the known issues with this vehicle even when it was new.
10 Can't Dream Of: 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup ($121,000)
In 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona, this 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup was sold for an incredible sum of $121,000. The truck was completely restored, rebuilt, modified, tuned, and tweaked.
Actually, when looking under the hood, there is almost nothing left from the original vehicle except for the truck’s body.
TractionLife reports: “It was built from the ground up beginning with a high-strength chassis complete with a 4-link setup, chrome 9” Currie rear end with 3.70 gears and a Detroit Tru-Trac differential. In addition, a look on the inside will reveal a white leather interior with black accents, added air conditioning and green tinted glass.”
9 Can't Dream Of: 1971 Chevrolet C-10 Custom Pickup ($110,000)
In 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona, 1971 Chevrolet C-10 Custom Pickup known by its nickname Adel was sold for $110,000 to its new proud owner. The truck was gifted to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the money from the sale went to charity. Before being sold, the truck was completely restored and customized by the foundation so the new owner got a fully rebuilt vehicle. According to TractionLife, “It features a Chevrolet Performance LS3 E-ROD “connect and cruise” powertrain with a 430-horsepower LS3, 4L65-E transmission, transmission attachment hardware and Chevrolet Performance controller kit. Additional components include Odyssey Batteries, a complete air ride suspension from Ridetech, BeCool radiator system,and Goodmark Industries body panels.”
8 Can't Dream Of: 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Custom Pickup ($126,500)
In 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida, the 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Custom Pickup was sold for $126,500 to the new owner for won bragging rights for purchasing this amazing, one of a kind vehicle. According to TractionLife, “Nearly every piece of this vehicle has been customized, from its GM ZZ 502ci crate engine with a Ram Jet fuel-injection system to its fully custom leather interior and highly detailed and painted undercarriage.” We have to admit that this is one of the best looking pickup trucks we have seen in a while. However, would you be willing to spend $126,500 on it? Well, why not?
7 Can't Dream Of: 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup ($132,000)
In 2006, after 6 years of customization and modification as well as after 6 magazine appearances, this 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup was sold for $132,000 in Scottsdale, Arizona. TractionLife reports: “The Kandy Orange exterior is complemented by a tan leather interior, both of which have been meticulously detailed by Cimtex Rods in Jarrell, Texas. Named by Street Trucks Magazine as one of the top 50 trucks of the decade, this award-winning truck can boast the Goodguys Truck of the Year 2002-2003." The one pictured above is not that particular truck, but any of these sought after models may be too expensive for collectors to pick up.
6 Can't Dream Of: 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Custom Pickup ($143,000)
In 2013, this amazing 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Custom Pickup was sold to its new owner for a whopping$143,000! Prior to the sale, it had been completely restored and modified and turned into a truly impressive vintage yet modern-looking vehicle. According to TractionLife, “This professionally-built 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Custom Pickup features several eye-catching outer modifications including a tailgate inspired by the 1955 Nomad, reformed cab corners to flow with the 1957 Bel Air side trim and an engine bay that is smoothed over with covers." This two tone paint job is classic Chevy, and everyone wishes they could afford this beauty.
5 Can't Dream Of: 1957 Chevrolet C-6 Custom Pickup ($148,500)
The 1957 Chevrolet C-6 Custom Pickup was sold in Las Vegas in 2011 for $148,500 after 7,000 man hours put into its restoring and thousands of hand-crafted parts put into it.
The results are, of course, amazing.
TractionLife reports: “This truck comes with a 402cid LS3 motor, a complete Corvette C6 suspension,and drivetrain with a 6-speed transaxle and a full Air Ride suspension. If that wasn’t enough, this truck is also a recipient of a GM Design award at SEMA 2009 and a Mothers Choice Award at SEMA 2010.” With all that in mind, there is no wonder this truck has made it to the top 10.
4 Can't Dream Of: 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup ($159,500)
In 2007, in Scottsdale, Arizona the 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup was sold for $159,500 to its new owner. According to TractionLife, “The orange masterpiece features a 500 horsepower big block Chevy engine and a 400 transmission with Electric Overdrive. Style on the inside includes a full leather interior, vintage air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows and a 400-watt stereo.” So not only does this classic truck look awesome but its performance is right on the spot. Restored to perfection, this truck definitely deserves its place on the list of the 10 most expensive pickup trucks in the world.
3 Can't Dream Of: 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup ($205,700)
This 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup was sold for $205,700in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2017 after being showcased at the SEMA show. You could spend hours inspecting this vehicle without finding a single part that had not been customized before the truck was sold to the proud new owner. According to TractionLife, “The truck features extensive modifications including an all-new TCI custom chassis with independent front suspension and a 500 horsepower Chevrolet Performance Hot Cam LS3 crate engine with 4L65E automatic transmission. Inside the truck features a reshaped dash and handmade, redesigned bench seat, console, door panels and headliner.”
2 Can't Dream Of: 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Truck ($214,500)
According to Barret-Jackson Auction House, the 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Truck sold for $214,500in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2016 is one of the finest custom truck builds of all times. It is better known for his witty nickname Quicksilver and it won the Barrett-Jackson Cup winner back in 2014. TractionLife reports: “Nearly everything on this vehicle, from the 540 big block, 650 horsepower Chevy engine, to the handmade and reshaped body panels, was customized by Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.” One must admit that some amazing work has been done on this vehicle and that it truly looks impressive from all sides.
1 Can't Dream Of: 1968 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup ($82,500)
If you don’t remember the good old Ford Broncos, you probably don’t know that they came in a wagon, truck, and roadster versions. However, according to Bloomerg.com, “The first-generation Broncos that Ford made from 1966 to 1977 are by far the most coveted. These were the cool metal squares set high on big, knobby rubber tires, often with no top at all.” In Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson alone sold 12 of them in 2017. One of them was 1968 Ford Bronco Custom Pickup sold to the new owner for $82,500. It was completely restored and modified prior to the sale and most of the old parts under the hood were replaced by new ones.
Sources: TheDrive.com, Bloomberg.com, CountryLiving.com