The 1961 Chevy truck was nearly identical to the 1960 except for a few minor design changes on the front end. The parking lights now had a bar on either side instead of a mini grill and the actual grill was now hardly a grill at all and said Chevrolet across it. The side emblem of the truck dropped the Chevrolet and consisted only of the model name Apache and the series designation such as C10 or C30.
This 1961 Chevy truck for sale on Ebay in New Jersey is in pretty rough shape. The owner claims it is all original so that’s a good start in the restoration process, but as you can see, this one is probably going to be a long and expensive process. There is some minor rusting but nothing bad for a truck this old. This truck ended up selling for $1500 which is a decent deal. However, depending on how nice they want to make the truck, a full restoration could cost upward of $20,000 or more. Not to mention all of the time it would take to do it yourself. Of course, the time and effort is part of the fun for many enthusiasts. I’m a bit lazier than that. It would probably take me 5 times as long and twice as much money to restore it as it would to take it to a professional.
This 1961 Chevy pickup is a good example of what the first truck could look like after fixing it up. It’s actually motivating to see how nice the end product could look. Craigslist is a good place to start looking for original 1961 Chevy truck parts however, some level of improvisation will be needed. For example, it’s not likely that an original engine in good working condition could be find. But it is entirely possible that a 1975 engine in working condition is available. Of course an entirely new engine would probably be the easiest way to go.
1961 Chevy trucks, partly due to their unique “eyebrow” design hood, are some of the most recognizable classic trucks in existence. That’s part of their appeal and one the greatest reasons to put the time, energy, and money into the restoration of one these vehicles. As with any classic truck, the more years that go by, the more rare they will become and the more special they will become. Hopefully for the owners of these vehicles it means the more valuable they will become as well.