Here’s an interesting thought for you to consider with today’s round of Would You Rather: the 1988 Chevrolet/GMC truck, the epitome of “sport truck”, is 31 years old. That’s only five years younger than yours truly, and that pits them as a modern classic. Happily, these trucks are still plentiful, still wildly popular, and still have an aftermarket filled to the brim with options for anyone who is looking at putting together a solid custom, a nice daily, a period custom, a rowdy-assed romper, or maybe just wants to restore one back to a nice, OEM look. You can’t go wrong with a GMT400 truck…
But, here’s option two: say you’re cruising your favorite online buy-and-sell medium and you come across a 1967-72 Chevrolet or GMC that needs love. There will be more work involved than the newer truck, probably…paint, electrical, and rust are all things to consider, but think about the finished product for a moment. You still have a solid GM truck, but instead of the modern classic that will be just fine everyday, you now have a fifty-ish year old truck with iconic lines and a soul that the new truck just can’t come close to touching.
So…which do you choose?
You can thank my buddy Scott for this, because this is his dilemma right now. It’d be nothing to find another 88-98, fix it up with help from an LMC catalog and be done. But there’s a farm-fresh Chevrolet C-20 that’s just calling to him right now as well. I’m playing the devil’s advocate, but my opinion isn’t wanted here, it’s yours. It’s 2019, which do you choose: the easy modern-day clean-up job or the easy-to-restore classic that’ll have a higher return on investment?