I stumbled upon this ad for a showroom condition 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extended cab the other day. Is this a future collectible, or an older used truck that happens to have a lot of life left in it? Based on the asking price ($36,950), the seller seems to think it is the former.
I’ve seen low mileage trucks bring some serious coin on Bring a Trailer lately, but those have all been older examples (from the 80s and 70s). At 20 years old, this 2001 Silverado won’t be eligible for AACA shows for another five years and isn’t out of “used car” territory just yet.
It has been a long time since I’ve seen one of these first-generation Silverados without cloudy headlights, graying black trim, and rusty flanks (apparently the Chevy pickup generation numbers reset with the Silverado name change in 1998). Check out how clean the bed and wheel wells are. I just figured they came from the factory pre-rusted.
The odometer indicates 2,309 miles, but honestly, it looks like even less than that. Really, the only visible clue as to the vehicle’s true age is some sagging beginning to appear in the upholstery as the seat cushions inevitably begin to flatten and deteriorate.
For 2001, Chevrolet offered just three trims on the Silverado, unimaginatively named Base, LS, and LT, which seems kind of quaint now in this age of Platinum High Ranch King model proliferation. The featured truck is a mid-range LS model, which includes such goodies as cruise control, power windows, air conditioning, a cassette deck (a CD player was standard), and something called “LS Decor,” which apparently is a fancy term for “hard plastic.” This truck has most of the LT goodies as well, like alloy wheels and 10-way power leather seats. Honestly, it is very hard to tell the difference between the LS and LT, as all of the LT kit was also available on the LS as an option, which makes me wonder why Chevrolet bothered with the LS and LT models in the first place.
It is getting hard to remember a time when four doors weren’t the norm for half-ton pickups. Ford broke the ice in 2001 with their F-150 SuperCrew, and by comparing this Silverado extended cab from the same year, it is easy to see why the SuperCrew was such a hit. At first glance, the extended cab seems pretty cool. Suicide doors! Just like a 1960’s Lincoln! Virtually unrestricted access to the inside, with no pillars or obstructions, as shown in the picture above.
Only in daily use do the limitations of the extended cab become obvious: There are no exterior door handles to open the rear doors, and the rear doors do not operate independently of the front doors: The person sitting in the front must first open their door in order to admit anyone into or out of the back seat. And despite Chevrolet’s reassurances, I would always worry about side impact protection with this setup.
The standard powertrain on the ’01 Silverado was a 4.3 Liter V6 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Most, however, would have been sold like this one, with a four-speed automatic and an aluminum head LM7 5.3L “Vortec” V8 pumping out a respectable-for-2001 285 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. By my reckoning, this one should be just about due for its first oil change.
I can’t quite make out the date code on the tires, but suffice it to say you are going to want to replace them before going on any long trips.
The frame even still has the grease pencil inspection markings from the factory.
The asking price of $36,995 is a little too dear for me for a truck that likely needs every fluid and belt replaced. But if you’ve always wanted a brand new truck without the hassle of a full warranty, you can pick it up here. (link still active as of writing).