Things You Didn't Know About the Chevrolet K1500
- Confused between the K1500 and the C1500? It's technically the same full-sized pickup truck! The only difference is that the "C" is the two-wheel drive variant while the "K" is the more powerful four-wheel drive version. The confusion is understandable, however, as the "C" and "K" naming conventions are used by both Chevrolet and GMC.
- The K1500 may have debuted in the United States in 1960 but its roots go back over half a century. The first "K" was made between 1911 and 1913 and, in fact, was the very first Chevrolet ever produced by the company in its earliest years.
- Hard to believe given their tough and rugged looks, but the Chevrolet K1500 was actually designed as a "glamour pickup." This was intended to transition the rather utilitarian truck into a family secondary automobile-just one with boosted engine power, a more comfortable cabin, and customization and personalization options. So during the work week, it was a light duty workhorse and during the weekends it could be used to drive the family around.
- GMC produces a version of the K1500, and this often is a cause for confusion among consumers. Initially, GMC was originally intended to produce the "luxury" versions of Chevrolet trucks. As the years wore on, however, and Chevrolet start to offer more options, both versions almost became indistinguishable from one another with the exception of their badge identifiers.
- According to MotorTrend, the Chevrolet K1500 is, among all full-sized pickups, the one with the highest resale value. When you decide it's time to sell off you K1500, you can expect to get as much as 75% of the original price you paid for it! By comparison, the truck with the lowest resale value will only return 63% of your original purchase price.
- In 1993, the K1500 featured in Dateline report that the sidesaddle arrangement of the fuel tanks made it more vulnerable to exploding when hit from the side. Not only did this report turn out to be false, but the accompanying video was later proven to be an elaborate hoax. The sidesaddle fuel tanks turned out to be well-engineered and, in fact, were extremely resistant to crushing or crumpling as a result of a side-impact.