Difference between C1500 and K1500 Chevy Trucks

January 15, 2016 by Editorial Team

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

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

Comparison

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