The Crazy and Pick Up Trucks
Holden is calling time on the pick-up truck that defined a nation.
1. Holden VF SS V Redline
First up is the Holden VF SS V Redline Ute pictured above. The 350hp V8 machine set the N
2. Chevrolet El Camino
While Aussie country boys were relying on Holden Utes to get their tinned lager and sheep from A to B, the yanks had the Chevrolet El Camino. This is the original 1959 El Camino, what must surely be the most stylish pick up truck ever to roll off a production line.
The tail fins and chrome aren t what we expect from a utility vehicle but from the outset the El Camino had a performance pick up glint in its eye. The top engine option with this model was a 5.7 litre V8 producing 315hp. It could get the two tonne truck to 60mph in around seven seconds.
3. Chevrolet El Camino SS
As the American motor industry went muscle car crazy in the late 1960s, the El Camino followed suit. This is a 1967 El Camino SS powered by the 6.5 litre big block V8 found in Chevy s Camaro muscle car of the same era. The truck was fitted with sports suspension to help deploy its 325hp performance.
4. BMW M3 pick up truck
Germany is not a nation we routinely associate with pick up trucks so when BMW announced this little beauty on 1 April 2011 it didn t fool too many people. Except it did! First rate April fools gag though it was, BMW s M3 pick up was also real.
The 414hp V8 ute was specially commissioned from BMW s M Division and is said to be capable of 186mph. Weighing 50kg less than the equivalent M3 Coupe and with most of that bulk disappearing from over the driven rear wheels, it s hard to imagine the M3 ute being anything less than a monumental handful.
M3 pick ups aren t exactly unprecedented either. BMW has built open backed versions of the E30 M3 and there s a E46 M3 truck doing its tyre smoking rounds too.
5. Vauxhall VXR Maloo
Why should the Australians have all the fun? Surely there are thousands of British workers who d quite like to drive to work every day in a 6.2 litre V8 pick up truck, aren t there? Vauxhall thought there were and promptly got on the phone to Holden to arrange a subtle rebadging of the HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) Maloo.
Rebadged as a Vauxhall VXR Maloo, the HSV super ute exploded on to the British commercial vehicle scene and instantly made our domestic market pick ups look rather inadequate. This E3 version of the Maloo has 425hp and can power to 60mph (100kph) in 4.9s. Unfortunately, 21mpg fuel consumption and a
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