If you’ve always wanted the retro-cool styling and big V8 grunt of a 70’s Chevy pickup, but didn’t want to deal with the poor fuel economy and emissions, then the 1978 Chevrolet Performance Classic Truck Concept might be right up your alley.
Chevrolet ditched the 454 cubic-inch big block engine that would have been found under the hood in 1978 for its 50-state emissions compliant (yes, even California) 5.3 liter E-Rod V8. The engine – mated to a four speed 4L70E automatic transmission, is putting out about 326 horsepower, 80 more than the big old 454.
Apart from the modern power plant, the classic short box, regular cab pickup features a two tone red and black paint scheme, chrome exterior trim and powder coated 17-inch rims wrapped in aggressive, all terrain tires. Underneath the truck carries a fully refurbished, powder coated frame and restored front and rear suspension.
In person, this truck is nothing short of amazing. And the metallic clang of the tailgate opening and shutting reminds us of better, simpler times.