Solid Square Body: 1975 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale – SOLD!
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October 12, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.
It’s funny how people’s perception of rust differs across the U.S. If you’re from the Rust Belt, your interpretation of “minor rust” likely means a few holes that can be repaired. Travel west, though, and what Californians consider minor rust can usually be hand-sanded away in your driveway. This 350 cubic inch small block 1975 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale pickup originally listed in September 2022 on Craigslist in Hesperia, California (Inland-Empire) is a prime example. This survivor-quality truck features its original mint green and white paint patina’d by nearly fifty years of use. We were ready to pack our bags for the next flight to California when we first saw this listing with an under ten large asking price. However, further studies revealed the likely reason the asking price is lower than expected: although hard to read in the pictures provided, the fender tags appear to say “C20 Scottsdale”, which indicates this is a less desirable 3/4 ton version of the Chevrolet Square Body. Our vision may be failing us, so we recommend confirming with the seller whether their truck is a half- or three-quarter-ton version.
Currently offered for $8,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for Square Body Chevrolet C20 pickups produced between 1973 and 1987. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $6,450 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $12,300.
Ironically nicknamed “Square Bodies” today, Chevrolet called its third generation of C/K trucks introduced in 1973 the “Rounded Line” as their new truck featured many radius details not traditionally seen on pickup trucks up to that point. Rounded details included: windshield corners, cab roof corners, door frames that cut high into the cab roof, slanted front fenders, and rounded pickup box corners. Production of third-generation C/K’s lasted through the 1987 model year with only minor changes. Despite all of the modern features, Chevrolet still offered traditional step-side beds lined with a wood-planked floor.
The GM Heritage YouTube Channel features this 1975 Chevrolet C10 commercial:
The brake control on the dashboard hints this 1975 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale saw duty as a tow vehicle. With such a solid body, you can focus your efforts on rebuilding or swapping out what is likely a very tired 350 cubic inch V8 for something more powerful.
Here’s the seller’s description:
Restore or drive as-is: What would you do with this 1975 Chevrolet C20 Scottsdale survivor? Please comment below and let us know!