Lawn Ornament: 1984 Chevrolet C10 Suburban Silverado Roller – Sold!
Known by modern families as a large SUV, the Chevrolet Suburban nameplate started in 1935 as one of the first all metal body station wagons. Fast Forward fifty years and Square Body C10 Silverado versions such as this project listed on Craigslist near Trenton, New Jersey for $1,800 make a compelling alternative to a modern version. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his engine-less C10 Suburban priced $4,000 less than the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $5,800.
With the Twelfth generation just being launched as we write this, the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuously used automobile nameplate in automotive history. Its simple construction combined with many options for large families has traditionally made it one of General Motors’ most profitable vehicles. Known by enthusiasts as the “Square Body”, Chevrolet produced the seventh generation Rounded Line Suburban from 1973 through 1991. This was the first generation with two rear doors. Top-of-the-line nine passenger editions featured front-and-rear air conditioning, a baggage rack, and a heater under the third seat.
While two years older, Suburbans changed so little during this time that this MotorWeek review of a newer 1986 diesel- model still provides a great overview of how practical this generation of Suburban was and why nearly one-third sold at that time wound up in the driveways of Texas suburbanites (pun intended!):
With no engine or transmission but what appears to be an overall solid body and underside and a well optioned Silverado interior, the world is your oyster if you decide to make this current backyard lawn ornament roadworthy. With the soon-to-be-released 2021 version carrying a base price of nearly $60,000, for one-third, the cost could easily swap in a new LS crate motor, lower the suspension, fill the wheel wheels with a nice rim and tire combination, clear coat the surface patina, and you would have the cool wagon your kid and seven of their friends would like to be chauffeured to school in once it reopens. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1984 2wd Chevy suburban. Very clean truck , minor surface rust. Passenger side rocker needs work. Clean interior some driver side seat damage. No motor or trans. 1800 obo.“
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