• Nov 3rd 2010 at 2:59AM
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1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the wicked E-Rod LSA found its way into a Superformance Grand Sport Coupe at this year's SEMA show, General Motors decided to plop the company's new E-Rod LS3 into something a little more traditional. GM yanked the sheets off of an expertly-crafted 1955 Chevrolet pickup street rod. The project started by mating a minty-fresh Dynacorn body with the chassis of a Trailblazer SS. Throw in a 315-horsepower, 335-pound-feet of torque E-Rod LS3 and you've got the basic ingredients for one very lust-worthy pickup.

GM says that the new E-Rod LS3 will command a price tag of $7,150 when it arrives in 2011. Hit the jump for the press release.

  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup front 3/4
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup side
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup rear 3/4
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup rear
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup rear 3/4
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup emblem
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup emblem
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup exhaust
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup bed
  • 1955 Chevrolet E-Rod LS3 Pickup engine

Photos copyright ©2010 Zach Bowman / AOL

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LAS VEGAS – Dave Ross, the GM designer who conceptualized the E-ROD '55 Chevy that debuted at the 2009 SEMA Show, revisited 1955 as the inspiration for a new project that would blend modern driveability and efficiency with classic looks. And rather than a car, he went with the capability of a truck. The result is the E-ROD '55 Chevy Pickup and it introduces the new E-ROD 5.3L crate engine package (part number 19258004).

The truck weaves together its vintage design and the new E-ROD 5.3L and combines them on the chassis of a late-model Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS. The Chevrolet 3100 Series body is from Dynacorn Classic Bodies Inc. (www.dynacorn.com), which is a new GM Official Licensed Product that is available from GM Restoration Parts (www.gmrestorationparts.com).

"A couple of years ago, you never would have used the words 'environmentally conscious' and 'hot rod' in the same sentence, but that was before E-ROD," said Ross. "This truck is perfect for cruising in style and it doesn't sacrifice any of the great driveability traits people are used to in modern vehicles. It also has the emissions efficiency of a modern vehicle."

The Dynacorn body comes with a unique vehicle identification number, qualifying it to be considered a "special-construction" vehicle, depending upon state and local requirements for registration. GMPP engineers are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a process to have E-ROD systems, including the E-ROD 5.3L, approved for specially constructed vehicles in California. For these aftermarket applications, GMPP expects a California Executive Order for the E-ROD 5.3L will be forthcoming in early 2011. That would allow the engine system to be installed in original, older vehicles, with vehicle identification numbers earlier than 1996.

Like some other elements of the truck, the E-ROD 5.3L is linked to modern Chevy trucks, and is similar to engines offered in the 2010 Silverado lineup. It is rated at 315 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque; and it features camshaft phasing. That technology actively advances or retards the camshaft timing to optimize power, efficiency and emissions across the entire rpm band.

With an aluminum engine block and other proven LS-family engine features, the E-ROD 5.3L is the most affordable E-ROD engine system. It carries an MSRP of $7,150, but most enthusiasts should be able to find the engine at a street price of around $6,000 through the dealers offering it on www.gmperformanceparts.com. At the site, customers can search and compare prices with GMPP dealers across the country.

The engine is matched in the classic truck with GMPP's 4L65-E electronic automatic transmission (part number 19156260), which is controlled by the new GMPP SuperMatic Transmission Controller (part number 19244043).

Smooth style
Although the '55 E-ROD Pickup is clearly a classic Chevy when viewed from any angle, design manager Dave Ross incorporated a number of subtle custom touches, including a custom grille, hidden fuel door and smoothed trim. It wears a custom green exterior color mixed by Wanda Paint.

"It's a truck that everyone will recognize, but the more you look at it, the more you see the differences," said Ross. "It's a great body style for customization and personalization – a trait shared with the modern Silverado, too."

Central to the project's success was basing it on the GM Official Licensed Products Dynacorn truck cab and other body parts. It is based on the exact dimensions of the original 1955 body, with production tools and manufacturing methods similar to those used more than 55 years ago. Additional GM Offical Licensed Restoration Parts were supplied by Classic Industries, while C.A.R.S. Inc. contributed a custom interior. Many of the restoration parts are available at www.gmrestorationparts.com.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      One seriously kool pick-up, if only 55 Chevy was sold this in Europe rather than 5 dull appliance cars they sell at the moment that nobody is one bit interested in.

      If Chevy sold this drop dead gorgeous wars would end, love & peace would breakout everywhere, the world recession would end overnight and turn into an economic boom, 15 million unemployed in the US would all find jobs as folk would start wanting to buy things again, Chevy would employing 1 million Americans in Detroit (Ghost town would become Motown again) Toyota would become a name from the past as the Camry would no longer be a protest vote on dull cars being the only dull meal in town. Everybody in Europe would become interested in cars again rather than want ban & tax them off the roads here, global warming tax fleecing raids would become a fad from past, so would austerity & bailouts packages, nobody would know what QE1, QE2 & QE3 was, banks would start lending trillions again as folk at long last had something with soul, personality & charisma from the automakers.

      Well you can dream l suppose,

      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this '55 PU a kit? What is the remote possibility that it would be a show-room-ready truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it...mid 50's American trucks are awesome. I would love to have this over any new truck available. I could see me towing a vintage track day motorcycle with this...one can dream!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for rocking steelies on old trucks (esp. rat rods) but those ugly Silverado rims just look NASTY here.

      That grille needs to go as well.

      Thanks for taking my favorite GM pickup design and ruining it. (although I do like the rest of the concept)
      • 4 Years Ago
      plasticky intake headers.... plastic valve covers.... that just does not look good. I want an upgrade to real shiny aluminum!

      other than that... nice color!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Check your horsepower/torque numbers. That E-Rod LS3 should be making 430 bhp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. If you guys check out the GM EROD website, the 6.2L EROD LS3 and the 5.3L EROD are completely different engines. The 6.2L is making 430 hp while the 5.3L is making 315 hp. It is important to note that they also offer the 505 hp LS7. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now thats my kinda truck. Classic styling with modern parts. Love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The critics are turned off. I love t. I'll take it. It's a '55 with an LS3. If you want to niggle on the details, go build a sand castle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you guys even read the press release? It isn't a ls3 lol
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