Love it, hate it, understand it, or don’t, patina is king. Especially when it is earned like the patina on this awesome 1974 GMC Sierra. There is something about a classic truck that just looks and feels right with patina on it. It makes you feel the history, understand the job it did, and appreciate the battle scars it earned over the years. I’ve been a huge patina fan for years, and built a patina’d up 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air wagon back in the day without knowing it would become a trend. That wasn’t the point. Now folks want to protect it, honor it if you will, and that is the case on this cool 1974 GMC. I’m not always a fan of the shined up patina look, but it is certainly better than taking such a great look and simply painting over it. But there’s more to this one that just some patina.
Classic trucks have been all the rage for decades, but the 1973-1987 squarebody trucks have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in recent years. Much of that popularity comes from the fact that these trucks have been in our lives growing up. While earlier models may have been in the driveway or on the farm, the squarebody era trucks are the ones we remember being in regularly growing up. They were the farm truck, the daily driver, the tow rig, the family truckster and more. The fact that any engine and transmission combination you can imagine will fit under the hood is just a bonus. It’s why these trucks have become timeless classics. Trucks that everyone wants to have an enjoy.
This 1974 GMC Sierra is one of the holy grail trucks when it comes to squarebodies. Why? Because it’s a short bed California truck, in California, where 1973-1975 GMC and Chevrolet squarebodies are ultra rare and desirable for the fact that they do not have to have emissions testing done every two years, and are therefore a better platform for hot rodding.
I do dig the custom plaid interior, but I could live without the hay bales and saddles. With that said, I’d lay this thing out on it’s balls with some Ridetech Air Ride and then probably leave it alone. I’d drive this classic as often as humanly possible and love it forever. Or would I? I know I’d like to, but the truth is it would probably end up with a nice big block or LS under the hood before it was over along with a th400 and a GearVendors for awesome highway cruising. Wouldn’t you?
Here is all the information from the seller:
1974 GMC SIERRA 1500 FLEETSIDE SHORTBED PICKUP. TRUCK IS EQUIPT WITH A 350 V8 PAIRED WITH AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. 4 BBL CARB, DUAL EXHAUST, POWER STEERING, POWER FRONT DISC BRAKES. VERY COOL NEW CUSTOM PLAID INTERIOR. THIS GMC COMES WITH TWO SADDLES WITH HAYBALES AND SIDE RAILS. HARD TO FIND SQUAREBODY TRUCK WITH CENTER CONSOLE. WHITE WALL RADIAL TIRES, VINTAGE CUSTOM HAND PAINTED GRAPHICS WITH CLEAR PATINA SPRAY COAT OVER EXISTING. VERY COOL TRUCK.