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…
Ferrari 412 pick-up
London Motor Group
Purists may fume, but this pick-up conversion based on a Ferrari 412 coupe is certainly an attention-grabber. Built by London Supercar Workshop for the History Channel’s Ultimate Wheels show, the 1989 Ferrari’s bodywork has been chopped off at the rear and a teak load deck installed in its place. Other mods are limited to a pop-up bonnet scoop and a switchable exhaust valve for a refined or raucous ride. (Pic. London Motor Group)
HSV Maloo GTS
The Australian love affair with the pick-up truck, or ‘ute’ as they’re known down-under, reached its apogee in the Maloo GTS of 2014. The Maloo was a performance derivative of a Commodore saloon-based pick-up built by Holden Special Vehicles, and in its ultimate GTS guise boasted 576bhp from a supercharged 6.2-litre V8.
With GM scrapping the Holden brand altogether in 2017, the Maloo GTS was the last of long and much loved line.
Underneath the Terradyne Gurkha’s futuristic Robocop-themed armoured body lurks a Ford F-550XL pick-up truck with V8 turbodiesel power. Ontario-based outfit Terradyne adds its own bullet-proof bodywork with exciting features such as opening gun ports, run-flat tyres and remote controlled search lights to help see you through the Zombie Apocalypse.
As well as this luxury CIV (civilian) version, there are a variety of military-spec options with more Spartan fixtures and fittings. The CIV is a bespoke build so owners can decide on their own level of luxury and equipment – at a price, of course. (Pic. Terradyne)
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