1985 GMC K1500
- Wyoming Truck
- Short Box 4x4
- 350 V8
- 4 Speed Manual
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"A good truck can be the start of a long friendship." – Period GMC Pickup Truck magazine ad headline
Hagerty characterized the attractive design of these GM pickups this way: "Whether Chevrolet or GMC, the General's third-generation, 'square-body' trucks were a dramatic departure from the company's previous efforts. The third-gen models featured squared-off front and rear fascia, subtle body contours honed by wind-tunnel testing, a more accommodating and ergonomic interior... a style decades ahead of its time."
Offered here is a perfectly maintained, time-capsule 1985 GMC K1500 Sierra Classic short-bed 4WD pickup in white over dark red. A Wyoming truck, the GMC has traveled just 41,296 miles to date. That's fewer than 1,150 miles per-year on average. Its excellent overall condition shows how owner pride, attention to regular servicing, and restrained-use mileage can result in a virtually timeless vehicle.
The exterior white paint shows beautifully on every surface, with no indication of fading or other damage. Indeed, the truck appears much as it did the day it was driven out of the dealer showroom 36 years ago. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) A full, black-hard-plastic cargo-bed liner is installed to protect that area of the truck. There is no noteworthysign of body damage anywhere; the truck's front grille and tailgate are perfect. Chrome front bumper and rear bumpers are in excellent condition as is the truck's cargo bed. All emblems and identification-including the front GMC grille emblem, front-fender "Sierra Classic" model-designation emblems, and the GMC logo emblem on the tailgate's brushed-metal trim piece-are properly in place. Lighting lenses (including on the quad headlights) and cabin glass-including the sliding rear window-are perfectly clear and undamaged. Factory 15-inch steel wheels with chrome trim rings (and front locking hubs with rear "4x4"-labeled hubs) are mounted with Hankook® Dynapro outline-white letter LT235/75 all-terrain tires.
Inside, the "solid as new" theme continues. Literally every surface, every control, every aspect of the interior fully merits that description. The very attractive, patterned, long-wearing dark-red fabric and vinyl seat upholstery deserves special attention; its lightly textured design is a particularly appealing style to the present day. The black GMC-branded steering wheel frames the classic, square-design, brushed-metal-trimmed GM truck instrument cluster. Air-conditioning and heating controls are slide-levers. An upgraded Kenwood® audio head unit is mounted in the factory-radio location (with slight damage in the mounting-area trim). Even the indicator needles on the instruments appear brand new. The shift lever for the stock 4-speed manual transmission is floor-mounted alongside the transfer-case selector lever. Cabin floor carpeting is protected with rubber matting.
Under the hood, the venerable 350-cubic-inch GM V8 has been maintained in a clean and well-ordered engine bay. All components are correctly mounted, and no modifications are evident. In the same way, viewed from below, the truck's chassis is complete, original, and undamaged. As a Wyoming truck, only expected surface rust is present. Again, there is no sign of damage of any sort.
All build tags and VIN markings are present and unaltered. The original owner's manual packet is included in the sale.
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this GMC K1500 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
The GMC brand has a long, storied history. Tough trucks that last. This beautifully kept white 4WD short-bed is a perfect example.