What year was the first Chevrolet Silverado C1500 LT released?

My friend has a nice Chevrolet Silverado and I’m wondering when they started producing the Silverado. He says they’re fairly recent, but I don’t think Chevrolet could’ve perfected the truck in only a few years. In what year was the Chevrolet Silverado C1500 LT first released?

Joshua Levy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The first
Chevrolet Silverado C1500 LT
was released in 1998, and it was instantly a game-changer in the truck world.
While it drew a lot of inspiration from the
GMT 400
, the Silverado was the first truck to incorporate an automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode. The result was a car that could pull more with less effort.
The Silverado C1500 also included a more streamlined aesthetic, featuring subtle curves and indentations that ran from the grille to the bed gate. Of course, it still had its share of competitors like the
GMC Sierra
Ford F150
—both of which are still highly sought-after cars today.
While the Silverado C1500 wasn’t necessarily at the forefront of the market, it was definitely a solid competitor. Even today, the Chevrolet Silverado stands out as one of the most reliable options for a full-size pick-up truck.
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