It has been 100 years since Chevrolet first introduced the One-Ton truck to the world and to celebrate the centennial, it’s revealed two retro-themed special editions of the Silverado and Colorado.
The 2018 Centennial Edition trucks are loaded with all sorts of nostalgic design cues such as vintage bowtie badges designed to mimic the ones used by the brand when the 1918 Model T was introduced (they have a blue background with Chevrolet written across them and are placed on the grille, tailgate and floor mats), Centennial Blue paint, and “100-year” badges on the doors.
The special treatment will be offered on the 2018 Colorado Z71 in Crew or Extended-Cab configurations and it’ll also get a spray-in bedliner, rubber floor mats, 18in wheels, and chrome trim for the tow hooks.
The Centennial trim Silverado is only being offered on the LTZ Z71 Crew Cab and will get largely the same treatment along with bigger 22in chrome-trimmed wheels and a chrome bowtie badge on the steering wheel.
Chevy’s trucks sure have come a long way since those early years; the One-Ton was offered with an open chassis behind the windshield. This was to allow customers to choose between purchasing or building a specialised body for their needs.
It had a four-cylinder motor which produced just 36 horsepower which is nothing compared to what today’s models make. The Colorado has three engine options and power output ranges from 181, 200, and 308 horses while the Silverado 1500 has a 285 horsepower V6 and V8s with either 355 or 420 horses.
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It was the first production truck from Chevrolet and it was a workhorse. It was an example of form follows function; the rolling chassis featured an open cab, an inline four-cylinder engine and an open frame allowing customers to install the body that fit their unique needs.
Designed by Harley Earl and his team, its proportions evolved from the earlier trucks, creating a lower and longer look with a styled grille and elegant, swept fenders.
1955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier
Known as the Task Force truck, this was Chevy’s first Fleetside design. The bed surface was flush with the cab and fender, making for an elegant look. This was the decade where styling became a selling point for cars and trucks.
1967 C10 Fleetside
It got a sleek design (including a strong character line which tapered toward the rear) and General Motors began to add more and more comfort and convenience features.
It was the first truck design influenced by aerodynamics and looked very advanced for its time. The cabin was also thoroughly revised and featured even more kit while the trusty 5.7-litre V8 made it a winner.