As time goes by, classic vehicle collectors are becoming more and more interested in trucks of later and later models. The generations of General Motors full-size trucks called the GMT400 (1988-1998) and GMT800 (1999-2006) were once discarded by collectors. But both generations of Chevrolet and GMC trucks are gaining popularity among classic truck collectors.
Are square body Chevy trucks and OBS chevy the same?
No. Square body pickup generally refers to 1973 to 1987 Chevrolet/GMC C/K pickup trucks. obs chevrolet stands for “older body style” and generally refers to 1988-1999 Chevy/GMC trucks. Internally, General Motors called this generation of trucks and SUVs GMT400.
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Once upon a time, the square-bodied Chevy pickup may have been considered a “cost-effective” alternative to the more decorative C/K generation of 1967-1972. But these boxy-bodied trucks have built quite a following. One of the benefits of 73-87 Chevy and GMC trucks is how boxy they are. Sounds obvious, but their simple shape makes them a perfect canvas for hot rod builders and other modders.
As square-body trucks become rarer and more expensive, many fans of classic trucks are looking to the newer generations for restoration. But the GMT400 and GMT800 pickup trucks are much more than just cost-effective, boxy-bodied Chevy alternatives. Both subsequent generations offer many benefits of their own.
Are OBS Chevy trucks collectible?
Old Body Style (OBS) Chevy pickup trucks were built between 1988 and 1998. They have a blocked shape that retains some of the vintage look of the boxy body. For years they were considered affordable work trucks. But fans of Radwood-era vehicles have started buying them up to collect as classics.
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There are several key benefits to buying an old OBS Chevy pickup. First, it was the first generation GM truck to offer an extended cab configuration. Beginning in 1995, GM added a driver’s side airbag. Dual airbags didn’t arrive until 1998.
The OBS Chevy pickup also featured much more modern technology than its predecessor. All of its gasoline engine options featured throttle-body fuel injection, gaining sequential multiport or center point fuel injection in 1996.
General Motors had also been experimenting with independent front suspension on its square-bodied 2WD trucks. But the GMT400 generation was the first to include IFS on its “K-series” 4WD pickup trucks, according to Stream Summary.
Are the GMT800 Chevy trucks classic?
The generation of General Motors GMT800 pickup trucks (1998-2007) was the first to bear the Silverado nameplate. Although few fans of classic trucks are restoring them yet, these “old trucks” are appreciated by many.
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A Chevrolet GMT800 pickup is recent enough that man considers it a “blender” or work truck. But fans of older vehicles find them increasingly attractive. This is the first generation of GMC/Chevrolet pickup trucks to include dual airbags and fuel injection in every model year. It is also one of the last model years to include a manual transmission option.
Vehicles from the “Radwood era” or the 1980s and 1990s are becoming increasingly popular with classic car collectors. Many people fondly remember the GMT400 and GMT800 pickup trucks or SUVs from their childhood. These Chevy/GMC pickup trucks also feature modern technology such as independent front suspension and fuel injection, which some people may be more comfortable with than solid axles and carburetors. For these reasons, the GMT400 and even GMT800 pickup trucks are quickly gaining cachet as classics.
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