Jim’s Blog: Are GM’s C/K Trucks on the Way Up?

Built from 1988 to 1998, GM’s C/K pickup has traditionally been viewed as nothing more than a basic taskmaster. Other than a few special editions, such as the 454SS and the Indy Pace Truck, car people have not considered these trucks all that special.

But with a rising interest in 1967-72 GM trucks helping to push up values of square-body (1973-87) GM trucks, that puts the later C/Ks of the ’90s in an interesting spot.

We’ve seen it happen before: cars or trucks that were once ubiquitous all of a sudden start to vanish from the road. At the same time, values of good examples start to climb, which is what we’re seeing happen right now. The current ACC Median Valuation for these trucks is $11,235, which is up a full 17% from 2016. When’s the last time you saw a really nice one out on the street?

These trucks have aged well, specifically in an era where even a basic new rig brings with it a $40,000 bill. Something like GM’s C/K will still do the job of a truck well, while also having a little bit of a throwback look and feel about it. Plus, they’re easy to modify, and they’re robust daily drivers.

I think values will keep increasing along with GM’s earlier rigs, so the time might be now to buy — especially if you’re looking for a work truck that won’t cost you any money to own and drive.

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  1. Jim you a fascination with trucks. Shake it and get back emphasis on cars. It seems the emphasis of American Car Collector has focused on trucks. Change the title of the magazine.

    1. I’m fascinated by the market. Trucks are still moving up in value faster than most classic American cars, which I think is a reaction to traditional classic car prices. But hey, they’re not for everyone — and every issue of ACC is packed full of value info on cars.

      1. Jim, I have to agree. I have taken a few cars to mecum and barrett over the years and the best action has always been on my trucks. It seems that by the time I am finished with my build I am almost at the point where I have to sell because I am dumbfounded by the market.

  2. Well, a few years ago I brought up the idea of my frame off that I was doing to my 93 pace truck, and how I had seen it slight shift. Well, for the points that you reinforced yes, I believe it is taking traction now. Also, the point that the modified truck scene is huge, and although ever since the first truck rolling off the line there was someone there adding a custom touch. Being a teenager when this body style came to life, it really blossom with the GM platform. From Van Halen to Boyd it seemed that everyone was dropping and rolling these bad boys, so I think it will only climb.

  3. I am the original owner of a 94 Chev. Suburban 2500. I have kept it in an excellent preserved condition & would like to know if there is an appreciating market for a vehicle of this type. I special ordered it and I have the window sticker as well.