Car Carrier: 1983 GMC High Sierra 3500 Ramp Truck – Sold?

by | Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

November 15, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Car Hauler, Ramp- or Wedge Truck. Whatever you prefer calling them, we always thought it would be much cooler having one of these dedicated rigs versus relying on a truck and trailer.  As a former long-time resident of New York State, the first thing that comes to mind is cheaper tolls as most charge by the axle.  The engineer in me always thought having the weight of the car over the truck’s frame would be much more stable than having it swing on the back.  It also seems a ramp truck would make a better track day hauler than having to deal with a trailer. Perhaps it’s the longer length you have to deal with but these days, you just don’t see this style of a car hauler much anymore and we’re not sure why.  If you think you know, then please comment below and let us know.

However, if you agree with us and are looking for a classic ramp truck to manage your fleet of classic cars or to use as a track day hauler, then this 1983 GMC High Sierra 3500 originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Georgetown, Kentucky (Lexington) might just fit the bill for you. Currently offered for $9,500, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their custom one-ton hauler priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $3,900 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $12,000.

One downside of a classic ramp truck is the long and low overhang to content with on steep driveways. The maker of this video shows how to add skid wheels to help mitigate the issue:

A Square Body  GMC Car Hauler makes for a great way to haul your classic around. Other than the length, the only disadvantage we see with this truck versus others is the single cab body if you plan to have more than two people traveling with you. With brand new tires and a rebuilt 454 cubic inch big block, there’s a lot to like about this ramp truck. If you agree and are serious about becoming the next caretaker, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Car Hauler featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a 1983 GMC High Sierra 3500 wedge truck very nice shape rebuilt 454 and transmission brand new tires brand new steering box all hosers replaced winch rebuilt all gauges work runs and drives excellent very little rust

Ramp Truck or trailer: which would you prefer and why?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Car Carrier: 1983 GMC High Sierra 3500 Ramp Truck – Sold?

    Looks more like Chevrolet with that emblem on the grill!

    • Car Carrier: 1983 GMC High Sierra 3500 Ramp Truck – Sold?

      Fair point, John! The steering wheel logo is also Chevrolet, so I guess we have to tell the seller to update their listing!


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