If I get cast in the next Death Race movie, this is going to be my ride

Each restoration project out there is unique in its own way. Here’s one where this gentleman converted a 1968 Chevy C-10 into a fun-looking pickup truck. Not just that, it is now powered by a Hellcat engine! The owner found it in a mess and transformed it into a sweet-looking truck that has 745 horses under the hood.

Hellcat engines have been a top choice for people looking to power their vehicles to glory. The 6.2-liter V-8 mill started making its way into numerous projects soon after it was introduced in the Challenger and Charger. This C-10 conversion is one of a kind and doesn’t look like any other C-10 we’ve seen before.

That Is A Terrific Restomod

Here's a 1968 Chevy C10 Swapped With A Hellcat Engine!
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The truck featured on AutotopiaLA’s YouTube channel. The owner of the truck paid a visit to Autotopia’s garage where he discussed how it was converted from an abandoned farm truck to this beauty in black.

The reinvigorated C-10 now features a 6.2-liter, V-8 Hemi engine under the hood. In the stock form, this mill produces 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque.

Here, however, the owner upgraded the pulley and the truck now sends 745 ponies to the wheels! There are a lot of other exciting things in this truck:

  • Challenger’s six-speed manual transmission
  • Upgraded suspension components
  • Stock chassis
  • Wilwood brakes
  • Airbag suspension
  • 20-inch wheels with 295/45 tires
  • 800 pounds lighter than the Challenger
Here's a 1968 Chevy C10 Swapped With A Hellcat Engine!
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How’s that for a neat, creative build there? The original 1968 Chevy C-10 came with a 5.0-liter, V-8 that made 310 horses and a 6.5-liter V-8 that churned out 375 ponies.

There is no information on which engine this C-10 featured, so we can’t figure out the transmission either. However, the truck was sold with a three-speed and a four-speed manual, and a three-speed automatic gearbox.

This Is Chevy’s Idea Of A Modern C-10

2019 Chevrolet E-10 Concept
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At the 2019 SEMA, Chevy brought the E-10 concept which was reincarnated from a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck. However, instead of plonking it with a mighty combustion engine, GM turned it into an EV, thus reminding people that it still knows its shit around EVs. The party trick in here was the sound emulator with three speakers and the five different sounds on offer. As for its drivetrain, Chevy showcased its future with this product:

  • Introduction of Connect and Cruise concept propulsion system
  • Double stack electric crate motors that produce approximately 450 ponies
  • Power sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox
  • Two 400-volt batteries
  • A pair of 60-kWh battery packs borrowed from the Bolt EV

Final Thoughts

Here's a 1968 Chevy C10 Swapped With A Hellcat Engine!
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The C-10 showcased here looks magnificent. It is more than just a show car and you know that the owner knows his sh*t. Everything is done tastefully with no cringe shenanigans anywhere. The airbag suspension is a neat party trick, but the Hellcat mill mated to the six-speed manual is definitely the highlight. What did you like the most about this build? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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