Chevrolet C60 Specs: Before the Silverado - VehicleHistory (2022)

Lauren K

Feb 23, 2021

Chevrolet C60 Specs: Before the Silverado - VehicleHistory (1)

A great classic truck is something that truck collectors and car enthusiasts alike strive to possess. The Chevy C60 is one such truck that has captivated a nation for decades. This truck is one that will forever be considered a classic and that will go down in history as one of the best trucks that Chevy ever made.

Notable specs about the Chevy C60:

  • Amazing power and tow capacity to handle tough jobs like towing, hauling, and more
  • Huge engine that allows for easy mobility and the power you need to complete even the most strenuous tasks
  • Superior handling for such a large vehicle with suspension that helps to eliminate road bumps

Though the Chevy C60 is no longer in production, it does not mean that this truck is not still out there waiting for you to scoop it up. We have compiled some statistics and specs for this vehicle so that you can decide what you feel made the Chevy C60 so special.

What is the Chevy C60?

The C60 was part of the C/K line of work trucks released by Chevrolet in the year 1959. This was a work truck that was released to have more power, more pull, and to be more useful for those that were completing a large amount of work every day.

The C60 remained largely unchanged in style and engine for the first few years of production. In 1968, however, the C60 got a total overhaul with a new engine that was more powerful, as well as more rear axle options, to help increase and improve overall tow ratings.

The C60 was in production until the 1980s when it was phased out, as were the rest of the C/K trucks. New models and body styles took over, giving way to the trucks that we all know Chevy to be popular for today.

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Engine and Towing Capacity

The C60 was a work truck. This means that is was designed to do a hard day’s work without buckling and without balking. The C60 originally had a 366 V8 gasoline engine or a DH-478 diesel engine depending on which option you chose.

The tandem rear axle construction made it possible to haul anywhere from 30,000 to 34,000 pounds and the brakes were vacuum hydraulic.

In 1968, the engine was upgraded to a 427 cubic inch V8 engine and the 23,000 rear axle options were updated to ratings of 60,000 pounds. The engine offered 300 horse power and this truck was used for heavy-duty work like construction work and road work.

Body Style

The body style for the Chevy C60 was boxy and square, much like the older Chevy pickup trucks that we still see today. These trucks were meant for a work day and were meant to be easy to use, easy to drive, and useful for those that were working every day.

Since these trucks were meant for work, they were not all that comfortable. This means they did not have premium interior options, they did not have a ton of extras, and they did not have a ton of entertainment options either. They did have radios but that was pretty much it.

These trucks were designed to be able to go over the road, to go over nearly any terrain, and to be a truly useful truck for those that needed a work vehicle that was going to be able to handle anything that was thrown at them.

This is also a vehicle that was not super big on safety. It does have basic safety features like seat belts, but things like active braking and any sort of technological safety systems are not going to be present.

Is the C60 Right for You?

C60s are not a truck that is still in production so if you are looking for a new C60 you are out of luck. With the C60 you are going to be looking for trucks that are used, trucks that are on auction sites, or that are being sold by private sellers.

The C60 is a great classic truck. This is a fantastic truck if you are looking for something that is going to get you some attention, that is going to get you some real looks, but that is not going to get great gas mileage. This is certainly not a daily driver and is not something that you would get if you wanted to drive this truck to and from work.


  • Very powerful, designed to handle even the toughest work load
  • Very big engine and tow capacity, 427 cubic inch V8 engine
  • Super cool to look at


  • Hard to find, they are no longer in production
  • Expensive, they cost around $40,000 for this rare truck
  • Not good on efficiency or on gas, get less than 12 miles per gallon

If you are looking for a C60 as a collector piece it is certainly a great truck to purchase. When it comes to finding a vehicle, it is always best to take the time to look up the specs.

Vehicle History is a great resource that can help you find out more about your potential vehicle so that you can really get the right information to make the right choice.

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lance on February 23, 2022

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Lot of 'hit-and-miss' information in this article. Yes, the C60/65 was a 'medium duty' Chevrolet truck meant to span the gap between 1-ton (C30) Class 3 trucks and the 'heavy duty' Class 8 trucks (aka '80 Series' or known by GMC affectionados as 'The General'), it most-often came with six cylinder 292-cubic inch 6-cylinder engines...or the 366 'Big Block'. It is rare to find a 4V53 Detroit Diesel or 427 cubic inch 'Big Block' in them, and even if you do find one, the 427 placed in the trucks greatly differed from the 427 placed in cars. It was known as 427 'Tall Block', as the piston did not rise flush with the block deck at TDC, thus reducing compression from 10.0:1 to a more-manageable 8.5:1 ratio. In fact, this block with mild prepatory work, can be turned into a 454 engine, quite easily. Also, while still 20-years now out-of-production (on the original C60-design), it is quite-easy to find trucks with less than 100k miles, especially in agricultural areas, as they were used as 'grain' or 'farm trucks', and many are only now being retired as family farms go the way of the 'family milk cow'. You can find a single-rear-axle C60 with less than 100k miles, often, for less than $5,000 during 'spring farm sales'.

JL Mitchell on March 12, 2022

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I've an '87 C60 I use as a daily driver, purchased for $3k from a local farmer. Personally, I don't know anyone who'd want this truck in a "collection" as it's pretty much just a basic truck, albeit large and in charge for what it is. Aside from that laughable notion, the engine specs implied are not the norm. The standard 5.7L 350 can be found more often than not today due to its decades-long support, an engine found in most GM cars / trucks of that era due to its reliability, dependability and myriad of high performance upgrades. Is the C60 right for you? Do you work for a living or do you want a trail boss? Outside these options, no. You don't want a C60 because you're either going to park it most of the time for lack of purpose or sink $ tens of thousands into it to convert it to a far more useful, less fuel-efficient EFI with chopped frame to accommodate an era-specific truck bed for everyday use. The ambiguity of this article demonstrates that author probably has never even seen a C60 up close and personal. It's not, by any means, a collector's prize beyond a very niche market of enthusiasts who appreciate medium duty durability over light duty aesthetics.

Willy McLisham on September 2, 2021

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The author of this article I'm guessing has never seen a c60 in person and has combined stats from c50 to c70 trucks. The original c60 had a six cylinder engine NOT the big block 366.or the 4~53 Detroit diesel which was the original diesel option for these trucks. A tandem axle capable of the weights in the article was never made in in form.

Kalec, Dave on October 20, 2021

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What other Truck covered the spectrum of personal to 60K ??? The 427 was thirsty but a Monster. They were there, and many.

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What engine came in the Chevy C60? ›

The C60 originally had a 366 V8 gasoline engine or a DH-478 diesel engine depending on which option you chose. The tandem rear axle construction made it possible to haul anywhere from 30,000 to 34,000 pounds and the brakes were vacuum hydraulic.

What ton is a Chevy C60? ›

1962 Chevrolet C60 1962 Chevy 60 series farm truck 1 1/2 ton.

What is a Chevy C50? ›

The C50 was a medium-duty truck, although later it was marketed more as a generic truck than just a workhorse, considering a new body style with awesome looks. There was a whole range of engine options, both gasoline and diesel for the C50 truck, and the looks to match as well.

What years are compatible with a 2001 Chevy Silverado? ›

1999–2006.5 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, Sierra are vehicles that will have many, In fact most parts that are interchangeable with those of a 2001 Silverado.

How much horsepower does a Chevy 60 have? ›

The Chevy 6.0 engine is a 364.4 cubic inch 6.0L with a bore and stroke of 4 x 3.625. It's a V8 that comes in cast iron or aluminum depending on make and model and has been rated at around 341 horsepower.

What engine is in a Chevy Cheyenne? ›

The Cheyenne's engine was a supercharged 6.0 L V8 engine developing approximately 500 hp (370 kW) and 580 lb⋅ft (786 N⋅m) of torque.

What are 60 to 66 Chevy trucks called? ›

Chevrolet C/K (first generation)
First generation
Also calledChevrolet Apache (C10-40) Chevrolet Viking (C50-60) Chevrolet Spartan (C70-80) GMC: 1000/K1000 1500/K1500 2500 3000 to 6500 (medium to heavy-duty)
Model years1960-1966
AssemblyPontiac West Assembly, Pontiac, Michigan Oshawa, Ontario Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Is a Cheyenne a Chevy or GMC? ›

Chevrolet Cheyenne may refer to: Chevrolet C/K (a trim package for this truck line) Chevrolet Silverado (post-C/K Silverado marketed in Mexico)

Does Chevy make a 1 ton truck? ›

One Ton Truck

The Chevrolet 1 ton truck, Silverado 3500HD, is all about payload and towing. This is the class of truck you will want to be looking at when hauling and heavy towing.

What does a black bow tie on a Chevy mean? ›

Off the bat, the black bow tie has no specific significance behind it. It is purely an aesthetic choice, with most Chevy models able to be optioned with either the “regular” gold bow tie or the newer black one. With most Chevy models offering it as an option, the black bow tie is proving to be quite popular.

How many ton is a C50? ›

Chevrolet C50 2 Ton Truck | Heavy Duty Parts | NAPA Auto Parts.

Why is a Chevy called a cat eye? ›

As the name suggests, a Cateye truck has a feline-like appearance because of the slanted front headlights.

What's the difference between a Chevy Cheyenne and a Silverado? ›

The Chevy Cheyenne is marketed as the higher-end trim lines in Mexico, while the Silverado remains an entry-level truck offering the Work Truck and Custom trim levels. The 2022 Chevy Cheyenne ZR2 comes standard with a turbocharged engine.

What year is a Gen 2 Chevy engine? ›

II LT1/LT4 1992-97. Chevrolet's LT1 engine family evokes all kinds of emotions among Bow-Tie guys. Those in the know remember the original 350 cubic-inch LT1 introduced in 1970 was a real powerhouse with a hot mechanical cam and 370 horsepower on tap from the factory.

What year did Chevy switch to vortec? ›

The General Motors Vortec 8100 V8 was introduced in 2001 fullsize Chevy and GMC pickup trucks, RVs, vans, and SUVs as an alternative to the then-new Duramax diesel for customers seeking maximum hauling capability without the sourcing hassles and cost of diesel fuel.

What was Chevy's smallest V8? ›

From 1917-19, some 3,000 cars were equipped with the little-known Chevy Series D V-8. The 288-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) V-8 had a 4.75:1 compression ratio and produced 55 horsepower at 2,700 rpm.

What is Chevy's fastest engine? ›

Sperry also introduced symmetrical ports to Chevy's iconic Small Block V-8 with the Gen III LS1 engine that debuted in the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette.
Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000.
Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000
Power1,004 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque876 lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
Maximum Recommended Engine Speed7,000 rpm
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What was the fastest car that Chevy ever made? ›

In fact prior to 2017, the Corvette Z06 was not only the fastest Chevy, but also the fastest car produced by all of General Motors. MotorBiscuit reports the Z06 has a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 engine that supports 650 hp and can reach over 200 mph.

What is the best engine GM ever made? ›

At the top of the list, we have GM's turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, which produces a whopping 137.6 horsepower per liter. That equates to a maximum of 275 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.

What does Cheyenne mean on a truck? ›

Chevrolet introduced the Cheyenne nameplate for the 1971 model year to denote an upscale trim level launched to replace the Custom Sport Truck (CST) package.

What is a Chevy ZZ engine? ›

FAST FACT: The first “ZZ” crate engine was introduced in 1989. Dubbed ZZZ, the 350 high-output engine was rated at 350 horsepower. Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing.

How much is a 1960 Chevy truck worth? ›

The 1960 Chevy truck could cost anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000. Those that are sold for less are often missing parts, such as the engine. These can be expensive to source and fit.

Why is it called Tri 5 Chevy? ›

Many who are new to the classic car world have wondered, "what is a Tri Five Chevy?" The nickname Tri Five is used to represent a specific set of classic Chevrolet vehicles, namely the iconic 1955, '56, and '57 Chevrolet cars.

What is a 4 door Chevy truck called? ›


Crew Cab. • 4 full doors, that all open the same. direction, like car doors. • All 4 door handles are on the. outside of the truck.

Why is the Silverado called Cheyenne in Mexico? ›

The name change of the all-new Chevy Silverado ZR2 to Cheyenne ZR2 is due to General Motors marketing its Chevy full-size pickup through two nameplates in Mexico: Silverado in the basic versions focused on the fleet market and Cheyenne as the more-equipped model intended for the retail market.

When did Chevy stop making Cheyenne? ›

You could get the Cheyenne trim level from 1992 to 1999. The C/K symbol refers to a one-letter designation that Chevrolet and GMC trucks used to represent front-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Are Chevy and GMC engines the same? ›

The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are just one example. In addition to the same platform, GMC trucks and Chevy trucks also have the same drivetrain. This means they essentially function the same way when it comes to powering the vehicle.

What is the most sold Chevy truck? ›

Chevrolet Silverado pickup

What is the biggest truck made by Chevy? ›

The Chevy Silverado 3500 HD features a crew cab configuration with the same space for passengers, though you can get it with a Standard Bed or a Long Bed for bigger loads, and you have the choice between single-rear-wheel (SRW) or dual-rear-wheel (DRW) configuration.

What is Chevy's biggest big block? ›


The new Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000 DELUXE Big-Block Crate Engine is no exception. It's our most powerful crate engine ever, with the modern convenience of EFI technology, providing more than 1,000 horsepower on 93-octane pump gas.

What color is Chevy known for? ›

Chevrolet's emblem is a wide, slanted cross in gold and black. The design was originally introduced by co-founder for Chevrolet, William C. Durant in 1913.

Why are there no Chevy bolts for sale? ›

The Bolt had a stop-sale on it as part of a global recall GM made last summer due to defective batteries that posed a fire risk. GM stopped building new Bolts late last year to focus on fixing the batteries in 2017-22 model vehicles in that recall.

What does a purple bow tie mean? ›

Finally, purple is indicative of wisdom and royalty; especially in England. Maybe that's why British prime minister, David Cameron, chooses the purple tie as his favorite neckwear.

How many HP is a C50? ›

Both of these Japanese motorcycles are powered by Suzuki's narrow, 805cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 45-degree V-twin engine that produces 53 horsepower and 52 lb-ft of torque and tuned for exceptional low rpm torque.

How much horsepower does a Boulevard C50 have? ›

The Boulevard C50 and C50T are powered by a liquid-cooled, 805cc, 45˚ V-twin engine producing around 53hp and 52 lb-ft of torque.

What size motor is a C50? ›

Narrow, 805cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, 45-degree, V-twin engine is tuned for exceptional low rpm torque.

What is a Chevy in slang? ›

verb (used without object), chev·ied, chev·y·ing. to race; scamper. noun, plural chev·ies.

Why are Cateye silverados so popular? ›

Famous Cateye trucks

The pickup sported the Cateye design for a few years and continues to be popular in the used truck market. One of the reasons truck enthusiasts opt to invest in a used Silverado is their performance. Its engines tend to be more reliable and cheaper to work on than the newer ones we see today.

What is the motto for Chevy? ›

Chevrolet used this slogan particularly to market their pickup trucks, and, again, it was a hit. The Like a Rock slogan ran in Chevy ads from 1991 to 2004. Nowadays, Chevrolet employs the slogan Find New Roads.

What did silverados used to be called? ›

Chevy Silverado – A bit of history

Chevy introduced the Silverado (and its counterpart, the GMC Sierra) as the successor of Chevrolet's legendary C/K line in 1988.

What does Chevy LTZ stand for? ›

Chevy LTZ stands for “luxury touring z”, with “z” symbolizing the next step up from the “LT” trim. Davenport drivers may notice numbers with an LTZ trim, like “LTZ1” or “1LTZ”. Because the LTZ label is only available on higher-up trims, there aren't as many Chevy models with the LTZ label.

What was the Silverado called before? ›

Introduced in 1999, the Chevrolet Silverado replaced the Chevrolet C/K as Chevrolet's flagship line of pickup trucks.

What is the biggest small-block Chevy? ›

The most powerful small block ever produced is the LS9 engine used in the current Corvette ZR1. It is rated at 638 horsepower, making it the most powerful engine ever produced by GM for a regular-production car. The lowest-output small block was the 1975-76 262 V-8 rated at 110 horsepower.

What is a Gen 1 Chevy engine? ›

Generation I - Shockwave

In 1955, Chevrolet introduced the Small Block V8, so-called because of its compact design. This first version featured 265 CID of displacement and produced 180 hp (some sources claim 195 hp).

How much horsepower does a 283 engine have? ›

In its mildest tune it produced 185 bhp at 4600 rpm; a four-barrel card brought this up to 220 bhp; two fours resulted in either 245 or 270; and Chevy's new "Ramjet" fuel injection system boosted output to no less than 250 or 283.

Is Vortec the same as LS? ›

What Is The Difference Between a Vortec and an LS Engine? Nothing really. Engines with the LS designation were typically set up for passenger car duty while the Vortec line was for GM's SUV and truck lines.

When did Chevy stop putting 5.7 in trucks? ›

The engine's intake valve and combustion chamber design also are much different than previous truck engine models. The Vortec combustion chamber is a kidney-shaped design that promotes better performance. The Chevy 5.7L Vortec engine was replaced in 2002 by the Chevy 5.3L (5300) engine in 2002.

What is so special about a Vortec engine? ›

The redesigned cylinder heads of a Vortec engine provides for improved combustion efficiency. The intake ports (reshaped) of the engine provides for better cylinder filling and fuel atomization by promoting higher air flow velocities to the combustion chambers via the ports.

What is a 7.0 liter Chevy engine? ›

The 7.0-liter V8 LS7 is an engine produced by General Motors for use in high-performance vehicles. Notably, General Motors released a new LS7-based LS427/570 crate motor with an increased output of 570 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque, which is a bump of 65 horsepower and 70 pounds of twist.

What engine was in the Chevy Chevette? ›

The Chevette itself was initially available only as a two-door hatchback with a 1.4-liter OHC or 1.6-liter OHC gasoline inline-four engine. Engines produced from 53 to 60 horsepower (40 to 45 kW) (subsequently 53 to 70 horsepower (40 to 52 kW)), driving the rear wheels.

What did the 409 engine come in? ›

“The first Muscle Car” – In 1961 Chevrolet decided to fine tune the company's performance image and boost sales further by offering a “Super Sport” package on its full-sized Chevrolet Impala. The “SS” package was introduced late in the model year with an “all new” 409 engine option.

What is the most powerful Chevy engine? ›

Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000

How much horsepower does a 7.0 L V8 have? ›

With its classic 427-cubic-inch displacement, the 505-hp LS7 7.0L made its mark in the C6 Corvette Z06 and advanced its legacy in the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28.

What was the fuel mileage for Chevy Chevette? ›

1985 Chevrolet Chevette
VehicleEPA Fuel EconomyGreenhouse Gas Emissions (tailpipe)
27 MPG 24 33 combined city/hwy city hwy 3.7 gal/100 mi329 grams/mile
Range not available
1985 Chevrolet Chevette 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Manual 4-spd, Regular Gasoline
27 MPG 24 31 combined city/hwy city hwy 3.7 gal/100 mi329 grams/mile
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How fast is a Chevette? ›

The Chevette's 1.6-liter engine was excruciatingly slow: 0-60 took 19.7 seconds, while the Datsun and Renault did it in the low 17s.

How fast can Chevette go? ›

Compared to the garden-variety small imports, the Chevette's powerplant is in a primitive state of tune—and performance suffers accordingly. Flat out, the test car was capable of only 81 mph. In acceleration, it required 19.8 seconds to complete the standing quarter-mile, with a finishing speed of only 66.3 mph.

What is the smallest Chevy V8 engine? ›

The smallest displacement small block V8 ever produced included a 262-cubic-inch (4.3L) version used in the mid-1970s–the same displacement shared by the current small block-based 4.3L V 6. The largest displacement small-block for a production vehicle is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7.

What is a Chevy 572? ›

The 572 offered from GMPP is designed as a 4.560-inch bore by 4.375-inch stroke combination using rectangle-port aluminum heads on a tall-deck Gen VI block. We built our instrument using a short-deck version of the famous Bow Tie block with the bore and stroke dimensions matching that of the crate engine.

How much horsepower did a Chevy 409 have? ›

The 409 featured a 4.31-inch bore and 3.5-inch stroke. The intake valves were 2.06 inches and fit next to 1.72-inch exhaust valves. Both actuated by a mechanical camshaft that fed air and fuel to forged pistons that created more than 11:1 compression. With its single four-barrel carb, the engine was rated at 360 hp.

Was the 409 a good motor? ›

Chevrolet's 348/409 engines were good performers and they were dependable engines.

How do you tell a 348 from a 409? ›

There are a few visual differences that distinguish a 348 from a 409. The most obvious is the dipstick location. The 348 has it on the left, or driver side; the 409 has it on the right, or passenger side. However, since the pans are interchangeable, it's a simple matter to make one look like the other.


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