From wacky concepts to rare collector cars and ground-shaking monster trucks – the humble pick-up has always inspired enthusiasts willing to take things to extremes…
‘Indestructible’ Toyota Hilux
The Toyota Hilux was introduced all the way back in 1968, and quickly earned a reputation for knockabout reliability that made it a global sales superstar.
That reputation was cemented into legend when the Top Gear TV team attempted to destroy a Hilux with an increasingly insane set of challenges that included drowning it in the Bristol Channel, dropping it from a crane and parking it on top of building that was being demolished. The ‘ultimate survivor’ went on to star at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
Arctic Trucks Toyota Tacoma
With three decades of experience building polar-spec expedition vehicles, Reykjavik-based Artic Trucks produce some spectacular looking pick-up trucks. Their Toyota Tacoma-based AT44 model features specially modified wide arches to accommodate massive 44-inch all terrain tyres. The tough go-anywhere looks are backed up by heavily reworked suspension and running gear, while power comes from the Tacoma’s regular 3.5-litre V6.
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No list of outrageous pick-up trucks would be complete without Lamborghini’s first off-roader – the eye-catchingly ugly LM002.
This predecessor to modern-day luxury SUVs was a spin-off from a failed military vehicle programme. Lamborghini’s Cheetah prototype was turned down by the US army, as its rear-mounted V8 gave it awkward handling off-road. Undaunted, Lamborghini switched the V8 for the V12 out of its Countach supercar, and relocated it under the bonnet – the LM002 was born!
Read about the 800bhp race truck with 30-inch suspension travel on page 5…
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