Is This Retro-Style Mallett 2014 Silverado At Kooks Booth The Coolest Pickup At SEMA?4
Chuck Mallett is well-known in the Chevrolet community, mostly for turning Corvettes into monster 200+ mph daily drivers. For this year’s SEMA show, Mallett applied his tuning expertise to this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, which perfectly fuses retro-styling with modern-day performance. This is one of the coolest Silverados at SEMA, which means a lot considering the model took home SEMA’s Hottest Truck award this year.
What really pulls this truck together is the white and red two-tone paint scheme. Real retro-style black trim separates the white tone on the body from the red on the greenhouse, hood, bed and rocker panels. The old school smoothie wheels are painted red to match the body, and are a tasteful nod to pickup truck wheels of yesteryear.
The custom black trim is also present on the tailgate, with Chevrolet written across it horizontally, just like an old school Chevy C/K would have. There’s also chrome front and rear bumpers, a chrome tailgate handle, chrome door handles and an egg-crate style retro front grille.
Under the hood is where the retro treatment ends. Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 has been garnished with a Whipple supercharger, bumping power of the 420 horsepower engine to unknown levels. This Chevy was present at Kooks Headers’ booth, so it also features Kooks headers and a full Kooks exhaust system with chrome tips.
We’re not the only ones with an affinity for this throwback Silverado. The SEMA judges were also big fans of it, and handed it down the 2014 SEMA Design Award for “Best New Chevrolet Truck.”
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It’s awesome, but not the coolest. In my opinion, Ford brought the most badass designs/concepts this year. This album from Car & Driver shows some of them – http://www.caranddriver.com/flipbook/2015-ford-f-150-invades-sema-and-you-can-see-them-all-here –
If the white painted area was a little skinnier and just normal rims, then this truck would look bad A#$. GM needs to bring the two tone paint back and stamp Chevrolet or GMC in the tailgate like the new Toyota Tundra. If they do them two small things, I think it would set the truck off better and give it that cool retro-styling.
Amen, johnny doe. Bring back the true two-tone paint.
I like the TRUE two tone color. I wish Chevy and Ford would bring it back. Sometimes I can’t decide between two colors and want both.