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    I知 tired of normal cars...

    ... and fancy pootling around in something different. When I was in the US on holiday a couple of years ago, I drove around in my girlfriend痴 dad痴 Chevy Silverado and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was over fifty years old and looked battered and bruised but sounded glorious. On the cusp of turning 50, I知 seriously looking at similar trucks. It may be the onset of a mid-life crisis but hey-ho. Has anyone else gone down a similar road? An upshot would also be no longer worrying about the scrote that continues to add wabi-sabi to my V50.

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    I知 tired of normal cars...

    As an occasional drive / toy, older trucks are good fun and usually easy to maintain if you can get parts.
    If it’s to be used daily I would think twice. They are older tech and agricultural compared to modern motors.
    For a while my only car was a Willys jeep. It gets more appreciative looks and people wanting to take pictures with it than any super car. It can be tough drive in traffic though and A roads / motorways are best avoided.
    I think a lot of older trucks would be the same. - it’s similar tech.
    I don’t think I would ever get rid of it though (unless I can get a bigger garage to fit a Dodge Command car)


    Oh and they breakdown every now and again...


    Luckily it was a nice day!
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    The new 2021 Silverado is a beauty...and highly rated.




    If you're looking for a "vintage" Silverado (or Ford), two excellent auction houses are Mecum and Barrett-Jackson:

    https://www.mecum.com/

    https://www.barrett-jackson.com/


    A few vintage pickup trucks from their auctions:












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    The Silverado looks a beast but won't you a) have to import one and b) need your own petrol station?

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    As lufly as PC痴 examples are they are not the kind you don稚 want any wabi sabi on, surely you are into builders pickup or shed territory?

    Toyota HiLux or some kind of Isuzu pickup at a guess?

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    Ford Shelby Baja Raptor F-150



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    Quote Originally Posted by gerard View Post
    Ford Shelby Baja Raptor F-150



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    Okay...wrap it up!

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    Surely a Land Rover Defender needs your consideration? Get one with a galv chassis and a decent bulkhead and it'll outlast you and keep it's value (as long as your fit some robust anti-theft hardware). Probably a late model 300 Tdi or early TD5 with a service history.



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    I'll take one too!

    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Okay...wrap it up!

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    We had a Silverado as a hire car for a week or so when we were in Canada a couple of years ago.
    It was pretty new and surprisingly comfortable and well equipped. Very wide though, especially when you池e on the 層rong side of the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post

    This is a similar shape to the one I drove around in and I would love to have this as my daily. I take the points that many of the older trucks are agricultural compared to today痴 cars but there was something delightful in basic motoring and an exhaust note that ranged from low grumble to howling snarl.

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    What do these do to the gallon, though?

    Most of my American friends and colleagues moan about the price of Gas, but it's still a fraction of the cost in the UK.

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    Getting these into the UK is a pain - last time I checked being a commercial they didn't qualify under the historic 20+ years old or whatever rules so attracted full VAT and duties.

    My plan was a refreshed vintage from one of the US specialists - clearcoated patina body onto a new chassis with independent suspension, crate v8 engine/transmission from GM/Ford, etc. Problem is that would land up over 」50k here...

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    V8 Defender pickup?


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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    What do these do to the gallon, though?

    Most of my American friends and colleagues moan about the price of Gas, but it's still a fraction of the cost in the UK.

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    Here痴 the fuel consumption for the wife痴 5.7 V8 Hemi Jeep..🤪😈




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    One of the reasons I have my TR6 in the garage, if the weather is good I leave the 5 Series at home and throughly enjoy myself

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    At the risk of sounding boring and practical, how easy will a big US truck be to park in the UK痴 every shrinking car park spaces? Plus fuel costs and road tax on a big petrol engine, I wouldn稚 even consider it tbh?!?


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    I think this is ultimately where my mind will settle.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    At the risk of sounding boring and practical, how easy will a big US truck be to park in the UK痴 every shrinking car park spaces? Plus fuel costs and road tax on a big petrol engine, I wouldn稚 even consider it tbh?!?


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