2018 Year In Review: Classic Chevy/GMC Truck Industry News

2018 is in the rearview mirror and 2019 is looking good up ahead.  Last year was a great year for the classic truck industry in a variety of ways.  A slew of new parts were reproduced, the market saw strong resale numbers continue and our 20thAnnual Show ‘n Shine was a huge success.

Classic Truck Market Watch: Values Continue Rise!

2018 was another great year for the classic truck resale market. 1947-91 Chevy & GMC trucks, Blazers and Suburbans look to continue their stronghold on the market in the upcoming year. Last January, the 2018 Scottsdale Barret Jackson was inundated with GM trucks and SUVs so Ronnie from C10 Talk put together a list of the Highest 10 and Lowest 10 Selling Trucks of the event. Recently in Hagerty Insurance’s Vehicle Ratings of the Summer Top 10 List, they had 1960-1966 and 1973-1987 Chevy trucks tied for 1st place with the 1955-59 Chevy trucks following closely in 4th place. While some will complain that the price of the average truck is rising, it gives reassurance that our time and money spent with these classics is appreciated and that they will hold their value in the future. 

New Classic Chevy/GMC Truck Parts and Innovations in 2019

Last year saw the release of some exciting new products.  Stock replacement 1973-1987 Longbed Bedsides were re-tooled as a high-quality GM licensed reproductions to follow the re-tooled Doors released in 2017.  1947-1987 “Push Button” Custom Stepside Tailgates were also introduced.  A few more custom gauge options became available in 2018 with the release of the 1947-1987 HDX Digital Line and Vintage 1964-1966 Gauges.  LED lights are becoming the standard with new releases of 1947-80 LED Projector/Halo Headlights, 1947-1987 Sequential Taillights and 1967-72 Full Length Inserts.  In addition to these parts, a pair of Brothers Trucks exclusive parts was released with the introduction of the 1967-1987 Flush License Plate Bracket and 1973-1987 Behind Seat Speaker Brackets.  Looking forward into 2019 we anticipate another batch of high-quality restoration and custom parts to be released.  A few that we are willing to share with you are the upcoming releases of US made 1973-1980 Side Moldings and GM licensed reproductions of 1973-1987 Shortbed Bedsides. Check our website for upcoming product releases and dates.

20th Annual BROTHERS Trucks Show & Shine, Cruisin’ SoCal and C10 Triple Crown

A definite highlight for us last year was our 20th Annual Show ‘n Shine. We take great pride in putting on this show for you guys and appreciate all your help making it a premier event every year.  This year we saw a record-breaking turnout with 700+ classic trucks on display and thousands of spectators.  This upcoming year will mark the 21th anniversary of our Show ‘n Shine and we are in search of a new venue due to our increasing turnout.  In addition to our Show ‘n Shine we put on two driving events, Cruisin’ SoCal and Get Out ‘n Drive, to encourage everyone to get out and drive your trucks with a 112 mile loop through the local hills and valleys.

Jason Namkung of North Carolina took home the hardware for the 2018 C10 Triple Crown

To top it all off Jason Namkung of North Carolina took home the hardware for the 2018 C10 Triple Crown.  The C10 Triple Crown kicked it off June 24th at our 20th Annual BROTHERS Chevy/GMC Show & Shine in beautiful Southern California.  Next was “The Largest C10 Gathering in the South” with C10s In The Park blowing the doors off historic Waxahachie TX September 15th.  The FINALE was November 16th where Cool meets Radass… it’s the one and only Dino’s Chevy Only Gitdown in Phoenix, AZ.  To find info on upcoming events and view galleries from our past 20 Show ‘n Shines visit http://blog.brotherstrucks.com/view/truck-shows/

Looking Ahead to 2019

In closing, the classic truck market is growing right now and we are looking at 2019 to continue the trend.  New parts are continually being released and updated, values continue to rise and the community is strong and expanding.  We would like to thank you for your continued support of Brothers Trucks and the classic automotive industry.  We look forward to helping you with your future classic truck parts needs.  Don’t forget to check www.BrothersTrucks.com for upcoming sales, new product releases, expanding DIY and YouTube content and photo galleries. 

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  • Tammy says:

    I own a 52 Mint GMC Carryall. Its Powered by A 383 SBC 500 Horse. This Carryall just about wins All the Truck Awards At The Bay Area Car Shows. Has All the Three Seats. A Wonderful “KRUZER”. Local COPS Love this Truck Also.

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