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Harold Ramis’s 1993 “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, is a beloved comedy classic. In one scene, news anchor Phil Connors (Murray) steals a classic Chevy truck after kidnapping Punxsutawney Phil and full-sends it off a cliff. It’s one of the most iconic scenes from the film. Check out the 1971 Chevrolet C10’s specs and features here.

1971 Chevrolet C10 Specs and Features

GM’s C- and K-series trucks and SUVs were widely adopted in the U.S. market from 1960 to 2002. “C” denotes two-wheel drive. Any GM model code “K” will be a 4×4.

A red 1971 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck which was the truck featured in the film 'Groundhog Day' parked at right front angle view on a paved road with trees in background
1971 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck | Courtesy of Bring a Trailer

By 1971, the second-gen Chevrolet C10 had undergone a V8 engine option swap to Chevy’s 350, plus suspension and exterior upgrades, including an egg-crate grille and more upright hood. In ’69-’72, you’ll find a foot-pedal parking brake instead of a hand lever. AM/FM radio, carpet, two-tone paint, and automatic transmission options carried over from “swankier” Chevrolet sedans. Most of these trucks, however, were meant to be farm-use workhorses.

The SUV version of the C/K series was the K5 Blazer, with GMC’s version carrying the Jimmy nameplate.

The foundation for all modern Chevy and GMC trucks today, C/Ks are fairly common in the classic market.

1971 Chevrolet C10 Pickup TruckSpec
2nd Gen C-series production years1967-1972
EngineL6, 350 cu in. V8, others
Transmission2-speed automatic, 3-speed manual, others
Body style2-door
Bed length6.5 ft., 8 ft.
Total C10 units produced in ’71267,552
Rarest versionC10 Cab & Chassis (long), 588 units

‘Groundhog Day’ wouldn’t be the same without the C10 scene

In the film, news anchor Phil Connors (Murray) finds himself trapped in a time bubble in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and has to endlessly repeat February 2nd. A conceited misogynist, Connors finds the town and his conundrum insufferable.

Connors goes as far as kidnapping Groundhog Day mascot Punxatawney Phil, the real groundhog. After flying off a cliff while townspeople and his news crew stand by, the classic C10 and its passengers are engulfed in a fatal fireball upon impact. It’s not the end of the film, but it’s one of the best scenes in the movie.

“Groundhog Day” does an excellent job of making the audience feel as nihilistic as the lead character.