1958 Chevrolet Step-Side Pickup
Drive It Home: $12,500
The base engine for the 1958 Chevrolet Apache was a 235-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder with a bore of 3.5 inches and a stroke of 3.9 inches. It had 125 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 195 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm. For truck owners that wanted a little more power, the 1958 Apache could be fitted with a 283-cubic-inch V-8. This engine was a modified version of the original 265 cubic inch V-8 engine that was first introduced in 1955. It had a bore of 3.8 inches with a stroke of 3 inches and was capable of producing 137 horsepower at 4,000 rpm with 250 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 rpm. Both engines could be paired with either a three or four speed manual transmission or a Hydramatic automatic transmission.
1958 was a significant year for Chevy trucks because it marked the introduction of the Fleetside cab. It was also the first year that the Apache nameplate was assigned to all light duty (1/2 ton) trucks. New features for 1958 also included four headlights instead of two, a new grille and factory-equipped air conditioning. Task Force truck interiors were very simple and consisted of rubber floor mats and a bench seat. Most of the customizing was done on the outside of the truck, with nine two-tone color combinations available.