Dr. Dean Giliard’s 1955-’56 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck (pictured above) is a prodigious piece of American motoring history. It took three years to build, using a body and engine both imported from America – to Thailand.
Dr. Giliard is one of many Thailand residents with a love for vintage Chevrolet vehicles. This pickup makes use of a V8 out of a 1989 Corvette, and the truck won Best in Show at the 12th annual Hua Hin Automobile Concours. Granted, Dr. Giliard’s love for the bowtie brand is only natural; he’s originally from the United States, though he’s lived in Thailand for the past 30 years. He used only Chevrolet parts for the truck build – save for the digital driver information gauge.
The transmission is a 4-speed overdrive unit and, like the fuel injection system, comes straight from Chevy. The truck has power brakes, steering, and windows which, coupled with the 350 HP 5.7 liter V8, makes this truck perfectly well-suited for daily cruising, despite its vintage.
But the impeccable Chevrolet 3100 had plenty of company at the Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade, much of that company belonging to Thailand-born locals. For instance, Thai businessman Salaporn Hiran Pradith strutted about the parade route in his 1987 Chevrolet “Bumblebee” Camaro. He’d originally planned to fit the car with a Japanese powerplant – until he drove it, and fell in love with the performance.
“I bought a classic American car because I like the art and culture of the past,” said Mr. Pradith. “Every car has a story. I didn’t choose the car, I chose its story.”