These days, the sport truck concept is rather popular, with practically endless examples of lowered, performance-flavored custom pickups to point to. However back in the ‘80s, the idea was only starting to gain some real traction, and hot rod builder Boyd Coddington was in the middle of it all. Now, Jay Leno is chatting with Boyd’s son, Chris Coddington, about Boyd Coddington’s influence on the sport truck movement, with this chopped 1989 GMC Sierra provided as the central conversation piece.
Once again coming to us from the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel, the video is just over 30 minutes long, and includes insights from Chris Coddington, as well as an examination of this custom 1989 GMC Sierra.
As the story goes, this particular custom GMC Sierra was hidden away for several years before it was recently resurrected for sale at auction. However, the auction house informed the previous owners that they should contact Chris Coddington at Hot Rods by Boyd for verification, at which point Chris bought it. Now, the truck is back in the limelight courtesy of Chris and Jay Leno.
“This thing still has 11,000 original miles on it, and it’s exactly the way it was when my dad did it,” Chris Coddington says.
The truck was chopped three inches, and is covered in custom silver paint with horizontal fuchsia striping running down the flanks and in the rear. The turn signals were also deleted, as were the taillights, while the sideview mirrors were swapped out for sport mirrors. The gas filler cap was relocated to the rear driver’s side wheel well, while in the corners is a set of Boyd’s original three-piece wheels.
Previously built to tow a dragster to the track, this GMC Sierra looks clean in its modification, with the custom touches massaged nicely into the body. Interestingly, Leno credits Boyd with starting the modern “sport truck movement,” and it certainly looks like this truck is part of that genesis.
If you like sport trucks, this video is a must-watch. Check out the full feature below: