Holden Special Vehicles has ended its long run with building and tuning Holden Commodores. Now, the future is more closely aligned with the Holden brand itself. And part of its future includes converting left-hand drive cars to right-hand drive.
Specifically, HSV will perform the left-to-right surgery on two Chevrolet models: the Camaro and Silverado 2500HD. Motoring was invited to have a look at the re-engineering process behind the Silverado 2500HD, and we must say, it’s a lot of work.
The truck arrives from its Michigan manufacturing facility as any North American would find it on a dealership lot. Quickly, that changes. HSV employees remove the body from the frame to begin the re-engineering process, which includes rewelding the firewall and installing equipment on the opposite side of the car. Workers disassemble the essential functions (HVAC, steering, braking) to then reinstall the equipment on the right side of the pickup.
In the process, everything is removed from the cab.
The entire dashboard is rebuilt and HSV even modifies the truck’s seats to truly make the Silverado 2500HD a right-hand-drive vehicle. It’s not a quick chop job by any means.
But, all the work will cost buyers $114,990 AUD, or about $87,000 USD with today’s exchange rates. Expect a similarly daunting process to prepare the sixth-generation Camaro for Australia, too.