1995 Chevy Silverado Information

by Justan Brandt

In 1995, the Chevy trucks were designated with numbers that represented their weight. For example, half-ton trucks were labeled as ‘1500’. A ‘C’ or ‘K’ model designation would precede the number. C1500 was used to represent the rear-wheel drive (RWD) models, and K1500 represented the four-wheel drive (4WD) models. Trim levels for C/K trucks included the entry-level Cheyenne, midgrade Scottsdale and line-topping Silverado.


From 1988 until 1998, the trucks from Chevy used the C/K and number labeling system. During this time, the Silverado name was only used as a trim level. In 1999, Chevy started using the Silverado nameplate to represent its pickup truck line. The number and weight labeling system remained, but the models now read Silverado 1500 instead of C/K 1500. This was also true of the larger 3/4-ton (2500) and 1-ton (3500) trucks.


The Silverado trim was available on the regular cab and extended cab models of the 1995 C/K 1500 and 2500 Chevy trucks. On the C/K 3500 models, the Silverado trim was available on the regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. Engines included a 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8 and turbocharged diesel 6.5-liter V-8. Most engines were mated to a manual transmission as standard equipment, and automatics were optional.


The 1995 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado two-door regular cab short bed truck had standard features that included: driver front airbags, power brakes, 16-inch wheels, tinted glass, chrome bumper step, cloth seating, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, four-wheel ABS and cassette player. Available options included skid plates, locking differential, captain chairs, alloy wheels, camper mirrors, towing package and bed liner.


Silverado trim level Chevy trucks vary largely in size. Half-ton models with a regular cab and short bed were 194 inches in length, 76.8 inches wide and 70.4 inches heigh. When equipped with 4WD, the curb weight was 3,829 lbs. Larger 1-ton models with the extended cab and long bed were 237 inches in length, 76.8 inches wide and 73.8 inches high. With 4WD, these models had a curb weight of 4,347 lbs.

Expert Insight

When addressing used car shoppers Edmunds said, “Most Chevy pickup trucks considered by used-vehicle shoppers will be the 1999 to 2006-generation Silverado 1500.” This is not to say one should not consider the previous generation. MSN Autos said, “The C/K series offers comfort, convenience and powertrain options so extensive that it can be tailored to almost any buyer's needs.”

About the Author

Justan Brandt became a journalist and writer who specializes in automotive coverage in 2009. He has been a student at Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in technology commerce.