America sure is a truck-lovin’ country and with good reason. Is there any other vehicle that can satisfy our need to work, our love of fun and, most importantly, our desire to look cool? In a word, no.
Chevrolet (or Chevy as it's often known) has a lot to do with all that love, because they’ve been making some of the best trucks on the road since, well, since there were trucks. So while we may be ranking them, really any of these trucks would make for a happy and proud owner. After all, we’re talking about the best of the best.
10 1948 Loadmaster
The Loadmaster was a popular truck for inner-city deliveries because of the shorter length, but it also worked well for short and medium haulers. True, it was a little harder to get into than the more traditional designs, but the commanding view behind the wheel more than made up for the difficulties getting there.
9 1960 Apache
With this truck, Chevy introduced truck buyers to the torsion bar independent front suspension. No longer were the front wheels at opposite ends of a live axle, being levered around by each other. Nope. This pickup could react to uneven roads like no truck that came before it. Which is to say, smoothly.
8 2002 Avalanche
Keep the mid-gate up and it’s a 5-passenger short-bed pickup. But fold the mid-gate and seats down into the stowed position and you’re looking at a traditional length pickup. That’s pretty awesome. Unless you happen to be sitting in the backseat when the driver finds something long he wants to buy and you need to find another way home.
7 1973 C/K 30
If a regular pickup is cool, then the C/K 30 is 50% cooler because it has 50% more wheels. And it can tow 2-3x as much as a conventional pickup. Okay, maybe the math doesn’t quite work out but you do get to call it a dually because of the dual rear wheels. That’s got to be worth some points.
Anyway, what puts the C/K 30 on the list is that it was the first dually ever. That’s right, you’re looking at the first of a whole new breed. And you could get it with the legendary 454 V8.
6 C1500 454 SS
But the massive displacement was still enough to propel the truck 0-60 in about 7.7 seconds, which, while slow by today’s standards, was pretty good back in the ‘90s.
5 1967 C-10
Because of the great design and new approach to equipment, the C-10 sold extremely well at the time and remains a popular truck today in original or modified form. And lastly, we selected the ‘67 not only because it was the first year, but also because it’s the only year not to suffer from the new-in-‘68 side marker lights that messed up so many clean designs.
4 Gen 1 Blazer
So, what happens if you take popular, capable and good-looking C-10, give it 4WD and drop a removable hardtop over the bed? You get the Blazer. The right size, the right capabilities, and the right look gave the Blazer a strong start that turned it into an icon. That’s because the Ford Bronco, International Scout and Jeep CJ were all small, and Americans love big. The Blazer was the first off-roader in half-ton size and that made it just right.
If you need more proof of the Blazer’s desirability than you’re getting from your eyeballs, factor this into the equation: Hagerty Insurance values a #1 (Concours-condition) Blazer at $61,600. Wow.
3 1968 El Camino SS
From the stance to the aggressive 396 you could get under the hood, to the racing stripes on top of it, everything about the ‘68 El Camino is just right. Bravo, Chevy. Bravo.
With nearly 85 years worth of Suburbans to choose from, it’s hard to select just one as the best. But we’re going to go with the ‘55-’57 NAPCO 4WD version. One look at it will tell you we’re right.
While the Cameo wasn’t quite as flashy as a Bel Air, for a pickup it was remarkably modern looking. And by 1957, it even had some two-tone action going on. No, it’s not the fastest, the most capable or the safest truck Chevy has ever made, but it is the coolest. And that makes it King of the Stack. Long live King Cameo.