A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. Each Wednesday, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

Pop quiz, GM truck aficionados:

First-generation Chevrolet and GMC C/K pickups (1960-66) were virtually identical. What was one highly noticeable feature that set the GMC trucks apart from their Chevy brethren (besides the obvious badging)? While you mull that over, please enjoy this 1963 GMC fenderside we spotted parked just outside of Akron, OH.

Like other Chevy/GMC light pickups of this era, this compact ’63 Custom towed the line between classic American hauler and road-hugging sport truck. The first gen C/Ks utilized a dropped center ladder frame setup to set the cab lower to the road and incorporated a coil spring front suspension, according to the original brochures. We love the way the simple, classic black paint works with the chrome accents on this particular truck. We also like the old-school GMC badging and quad headlights, which were a notable departure from the dual headlights found on Chevrolet models (and the answer to our question above).



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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.