2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Will People Want It in 50 Years?
April 13, 2015
Here's our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with a 1958 Chevrolet "Apache" 31 stepside ancestor. I won't pretend to be an expert on these steezy old wheels. So I spent an hour researching this truck on the internet, enough to make me an expert on many blogs and forums where I don't have to use my real name.
The Apache was the light-duty half-ton offering among the 1958 "Task Force" series trucks. The 1958 models featured a significant front end redesign, most notable in the addition of a quad-headlight setup. This particular truck in the photo, which I see sometimes near a local park, is a 31 series with a 114-inch wheelbase and 188-inch overall length. There's also a 32 series with a 123-inch wheelbase and a 208-inch overall length.
Our Colorado crew cab, with its 140-inch wheelbase and 225-inch overall length, is a giant by comparison. A Colorado extended cab is a closer reference to the longer 1958 truck, however. The extended cab measures 128 inches between the wheel centerlines and 212.7 inches in overall length.
Still, there's a difference of 57 years and more than two feet of wheelbase between the two trucks above.
The '58 Chevy's base engine was a 235 cubic-inch inline six ("Thriftmaster") rated at 125 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. An optional "Taskmaster" eight-cylinder displaced 283 cubic inches and produced 137 hp/250 lb-ft of torque.
Transmissions included a three-speed with overdrive or a four-speed "Synchromesh" or automatic transmission, and either a 3.90:1 or 3.70:1 rear axle. This 1958 truck series even offered a three-row, eight-passenger "Suburban Carryall."
Judging by a quick scan of Hemmings ads, these trucks regularly fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000, although you can also find cheaper beaters and wildly more expensive show queens.
The bigger question is: 50 years from now, will the Colorado ooze the same mojo as this Apache?
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor