Chevrolet C1500

With the Chevrolet C1500, Chevrolet’s 50-year stretch of half-ton, light-duty pickup trucks, has been a staple in the automobile industry. From the first truck in 1960, Chevrolet C1500s have been satisfying owners and hauling cargo without fail.

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Chevrolet C1500 Origins

The Chevrolet C1500 is known as a practical and economical way to transport people and cargo with affordable style.The C1500, a rear-drive truck (a four-wheel drive model is available as the K1500), has the suspension and agility necessary to tow your cargo from point A to point B.

Available in regular cab, extended cab, or club cab models, it can safely transport passengers in comfort while maintaining the ability to maneuver in busy cities, on the highway, or out in the country. Available in short bed, regular bed, and long bed styles, the Chevrolet C1500 offers the cargo space that drivers need for light-duty hauling.

About the Chevrolet C1500

The weight-carrying limit of the C1500s is a 5000-pound trailer with a 600-pound tongue weight. The Z85 Handling/Trailering suspension or Z71 Off-Road suspension and a weight-distributing hitch with sway control are required when hauling more than 5000 pounds.

The Chevrolet C1500 can also handle fifth-wheel trailers. Fifth wheel trailering with a Silverado 1500 requires Z85 Handling/Trailering Suspension or Z71 Off-Road suspension.

The Vortec 6.2-liter V-8 with MAX Trailering Pack is designed to give your truck the power it needs to handle the load that you’re hauling. To note, the weight of additional passengers, optional equipment, and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight the vehicle can tow.

Chevrolet C1500Features

The 2012 Chevrolet C1500, known as the Silverado 1500 since the 1999 model year, has not changed much since 2007; with the exception of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission that were introduced in 2009. In addition to cab (regular, extended, or crew), bed (short, standard, or long), and options,the WT and LT packages offer a range of options and amenities to help you get the job done.

The WT (or "Work Truck") package offers a standard 4.3-liter, 195-horsepower engine and a four-speed automatic transmission, power rack-and-pinion steering, front independent coil-over-shock absorbers, and rear two-stage, multi-leaf springs.Optional engines include a 4.8-liter V-8 or a 5.3-liter V-8 for the WT.

The LT package offers the same 4.3-liter, 195-hp engine and four-speed automatic transmission (and has the same optional engines as the WT package). Standard equipment includes chrome bumpers and grille surround;folding heated exterior mirrors; power rack-and-pinion steering; front independent coil-over-shock absorbers; rear two-stage, multi-leaf springs; Handling/Trailering package; and Autotrac transfer case.

Standard with the WT package are climate control, Driver Information Center display, dual glove boxes, adjustable tilt wheel, vinyl 40/20/40 split bench seat with fold down center armrest and storage, AM/FM stereo, and 17-inch steel wheels.

Standard with the LT package are climate control, power door locks with remote keyless entry, Driver Information Center display, dual glove boxes, adjustable tilt wheel, power windows (with driver’s Express-Down feature), premium cloth 40/20/40 split bench seat with fold down center armrest and lockable storage, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with USB port, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Seventeen-inch chrome-style steel wheels complete the package.

The Extended Cab and Crew Cab offer additional trim packages. In addition to the WT and LT packages, LS, XFE, and LTZ packages are available for the larger cabs. These packages offer flexible fuel engines that can run on regular gas or E85, stability control, traction control, and side curtain airbags, as well as upgraded seating and upholstery and Bose stereo system.

The LS package offers chrome wheels, grille surround, and bumpers.The XFE package enhances overall fuel economy with an aluminum block Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine, aluminum wheels, and soft tonneau cover. The LTZ package offers wood grain appearance trim on the dashboard, leather upholstery, a power sliding rear cab window, and other amenities.

Whether you want a rough-and-tumble work truck or a more luxurious ride for cruising around town, the Silverado C1500 has the option packages that can give you the performance, safety, and style you want in a half-ton, light-duty truck.

Chevrolet C1500 Evolution

Before 1988, generations of Chevrolet C1500 trucks were known by their number. Most trucks from 1988 to 1998 come equipped with a 5.0-liter or 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard cab and extended cab styles were available. Various trim packages offered additional amenities.

The Chevrolet Silverado C1500 was introduced in 1999. Trucks from this generation were equipped with either a 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter, or 6.0-liter V-8 engine, in addition to the 4.3-liter V-6. This generation offers work capacity and performance, but was found lacking due to below-average finishes and cheap materials in cabin design.

There are few differences between the 2007 to 2011 generation of C1500 trucks and the 2012 Silverado 1500. Exceptions are the 6.2-liter V-8 teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission (introduced in 2009); the transmission became standard in 2010.

Select a Chevrolet C1500 Year

2000 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The C1500 is Chevy’s ""light duty"" half-ton pickup truck.

1999 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The fourth generation of Chevrolet’s popular C/K line of full-size pickup trucks dates back to 1988 and has consistently been one of the automaker’s top-selling models for more than a decade.

1998 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1998 Chevrolet C1500 available in a variety of models, which offer the option of two or four-wheel drive.

1997 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1997 Chevrolet C1500 is a classic work truck with three different trim levels: Fleetside W/T, Fleetside, and Sportside.

1996 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1996 Chevrolet C1500 is a pickup truck available in a variety of regular and extended cab models with a choice of four powerful engines.

1995 Chevrolet C1500

SUV, Truck, Utility/Offroad

The 1995 Chevrolet’s C1500 has been going strong for 35 years, providing a sturdy, no-frills work truck.