Difference between C1500 and K1500 Chevy Trucks

Updated on January 15, 2016

The C/K line of Chevrolet 1500 pickups is now out of production. Still, these pick-ups are popular among  American light-duty vehicles fans, and in this article we will examine exactly to what trucks “C1500” and “K1500” refer to.

Definitions

C1500
1988–1989 Chevrolet C/K 1500 regular cab

Chevrolet “Chevy” Silverado C/K 1500 is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by the General Motors Company and Chevrolet. In the USA, Silverado C/Ks were produced from 1960 until 2002. “1500” indicates a half ton truck among the Silverado family.

1995-1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500
1995-1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500

Comparison chart

C1500 Chevy TruckK1500 Chevy Truck
Is two-wheel driveIs four-wheel drive

C1500 vs K1500 Chevy Trucks

The difference between C1500 and K1500 Chevy Trucks is in their drivelines. Since the first Chevy pickup truck was made in 1924, “C” indicated 2-wheel drive, while “K” indicated 4-wheel drive vehicle.

A scheme of a two-wheel drive (2WD) vehicle
A scheme of a two-wheel drive (2WD) vehicle

 

Four-wheel-drive system (4WD)
Four-wheel-drive system (4WD)

In 1990, Chevrolet produced a high-performance variation of the Silverado emblem called the 454SS. This truck was available only as a 2WD half-ton regular cab short box. This vehicle is sometimes referred to as a “C” Chevy pickup.

Chevy's 1990-1993 Limited Edition 454SS Sport Truck
Chevy’s 1990-1993 Limited Edition 454SS Sport Truck
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