Saturday, November 11, 2006

Southern Motor Company Reproduction Chevy Trucks

I read about this one a little while ago on Edmunds InsideLine, but I haven't had a chance to post about it.

Basically, the Southern Motor Company in Liberty, SC is going to sell a new emissions-certified 1950s Chevy Truck. Supposedly, the trucks are going to comply with all new Federal motor vehicle standards, including crashworthiness (I'm assuming that our society has learned a thing or two on this topic in the 60 years that have passed since 1946). While the body externally looks very much like the Advance Design Chevy Trucks, sold from 1947 to 1954, the interior has modern conveniences such as power steering, power windows, air conditioning, leather seats, etc.

The thing that really bothers me about these trucks is that they are powered by a Ford Mustang engine, of all things. That's sacrilege! The Chevy small block V8 is used in custom vehicles and street rods all over the country, regardless of brand, yet Southern decided to use a Ford engine in a Chevy truck. The one good thing is, the truck can be serviced at any Ford dealer, since the engine is unmodified.

The chassis on these trucks was designed in collaboration with Panoz, another small manufacturer (but of highly-regarded performance cars such as the Esperante), who helped Southern make the trucks' frame modern and crashworthy.

The trucks start at $55,000, which sounds like a lot, until you consider that this is mostly a hand-built vehicle, you will not see the same vehicle anywhere on the road, and that a loaded 2007 Silverado easily costs close to $55,000 (OK, maybe $40-45,000) but it's mass produced with perhaps a more comfortable interior and much more cargo and towing capabilty, but much less personality.


Anonymous said...

I want one! After reading all the press on this, I'm willing to sell my SRT-10.

Tell me where I can see one, the available colors, and the price for one with a manual tranny.

Mark Erbling,

53Chevy said...

I am sorry to be the one to inform you, that you will not be able to ever purchase this vehicle as, SMC has closed its doors due to poor managment a week ago.