Outfitted to provide as close to the bare essentials possible for pure work duty, the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 Special was offered as a low-cost half-ton truck. Sold only as a regular cab the Sierra 1500 Special was offered as a short box and long box bed model. The short box’s rated capacity was 55.6 cubic feet while the long box bed could hold up to 69.1 cubic feet. Among one of the basic aspects of the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 Special was the powerplant.
The truck came with a thrifty but still capable 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 engine producing 200 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, a four-speed automatic transmission was offered as optional on the Sierra 1500 Special. With rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive available on the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 Special, the truck’s maximum fuel economy is 17 miles per gallon city and 23 miles per gallon highway. Maximum towing capacity for the 1998 Sierra 1500 Special was rated at 5,000 pounds.
Able to seat up to three passengers with its front bench seat, the 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 Special’s interior maintains a very basic set of features. A four-speaker AM/FM stereo system, three 12-volt DC power outlets and power steering were provided standard. Air conditioning, cruise control and cassette player were available as optional equipment. Discontinued after the 1998 model year, the Sierra 1500 Special was later succeeded by Work Truck variants of the full-sized GMC truck.