Here at BangShift, we love all sorts of vehicles and just-crazy-enough-to-work ideas. Variety is the spice of life, and what keeps the automotive hobby fresh is enthusiasts that are willing to try something new, often “just because”.
Take Scott Huyghe’s AMX/GTO for example: Classic styling with a modern suspension and drivetrain. (CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL FEATURE ON IT) Quality craftsmanship and just enough of a modern touch make this a great example of a resto-mod done right.
Even if you don’t like the GM LS engine (You know who you are), at least the AMX/GTO keeps a Domestic all Domestic, so no harm no foul, right? Well, technically it’s Domestic – “Corporate GM with an Aussie flavor”, but you get the point.
Today’s eBay find is also a resto-mod, in this case a 1955 Chevy 3100 pickup.
The thing is, it’s a bit different than your typical resto-mod in that it’s a bit more foreign.
While a typical resto-mod takes bits and pieces from a modern donor car, what we have here is closer to a 2001 Mercedes ML320 SUV in a ’55 Chevy 3100 Halloween costume. We’re talking full drivetrain, including the AWD system, suspension, and what looks to be the bulk of the interior.
I’ll let the eBay ad provide the rest of the nitty-gritty details, but I want to know what you guys think about this truck. While it’s a bit of a slap in the face to purists and the “Keep your American vehicle all American” contingent, and admittedly the ~210 horsepower donor V6 isn’t going to win many stoplight to stoplight races, I’m digging the work that went into this build, from the custom hood to the fit and finish of it all. I personally would have kept the interior looking more period correct, but with the miles and miles of wiring (Or would that be kilometers?) needed to get the Benz up and running, I understand why it would be easier to just swap in the entire dash and interior.
What do you guys and gals think? BangShift approved or not?