• Nov 22, 2010
Holden Commodore SS Ute Camaro Conversion – Click above for high-res image gallery

So you have a Holden Commodore SS Ute and, for some vexing reason, you want it to look more like the American-market Chevrolet Camaro. Well, we've got good news for you. An enterprising young soul from Victoria, Australia has worked up just such a kit. With new sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward and a custom Camaro nose cap, the end result is as close to a Camaro-meets-El-Camino mutation as you're likely to find. This particular example was spotted outside of a Nashville, Tennessee tuner.

We have to say that while the Commodore SS Ute is as handsome as can be right from the factory, the Camaro nose doesn't exactly do the car an injustice. There's no word on exactly how much the conversion kit will set you back, though with all of the appropriate pieces and sheetmetal, we'd be surprised if the final price tag were less than $5,000 – before paint. Worth it? That's a conversation you'll have to have with your wallet.



[Sources: Car Advice, Performance Street Car]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, it's wearing Australian registration plates, so my guess is the work was carried out in Australia and then sent down to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or not. The car and Nashville Motors are still in Oz and probably were never imported to the states. The author probably thought it was in Tennessee because of the company name in the last pic.

        The Pty Ltd is a dead giveaway that the company is not in the USA (we would be Inc or something) and a quick peek online reveals that Nashville Motors Pty Ltd is located in Victoria where the plates are from ...

        http://www.yellowpages.com.au/vic/lilydale/nashville-motors-pty-ltd-13898357-listing.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        Our equivalent to rednecks in Australia are called bogans http://www.bogan.com.au - some have mullets, lots of younger bogans have Southern Cross tattoos, lots put Chevy badges on their Commodores. They love their V8 Supercars but havent relealised they have nothing to do any more with the road cars, and will only ever buy a Ford or Holden "cause thats what Dad's always done". I could go on, but I have better things to do than talk about them
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are mullets required to drive these in Australia? They certainly seem to have been standard issue in the Southern US to drive Caminos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's nice(!). I'd buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Worth it? That's a conversation you'll have to have with your wallet."

      And you wife if you are married.

      • 4 Years Ago
      they got the name wrong tho, should be called "el camaro"
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This particular example was spotted outside of a Nashville, Tennessee tuner. There's no word on exactly how much the conversion kit will set you back, though with all of the appropriate pieces and sheetmetal, we'd be surprised if the final price tag were less than $5,000 – before paint. Worth it? That's a conversation you'll have to have with your wallet."

      Well seeing that the Commodore SS Ute is not sold here, I would expect the conversion takes a lot more than just money to convert your Camaro into a modern El-Camino.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like it.....the Camaro was built to be a sports car, not a truck too !
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is awesome. If I had to transport power tools at high speed I'd totally buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how the SS Ute got itself imported into the US. mf
        • 4 Years Ago
        My question too. I can't imagine they sent the car over here for custom work or tuning. I was one of the 26 people that actually wanted the G8 ST once Pontiac brought it to production.

        If I could just get a Holden or Vauxhall in the US, without a ton of hassle or import duties/fees, then problem solved.

        Too bad government doesn't work that way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It just doesn't look quite right to me. I don't think the Camaro was ever meant to look like this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea I'm going with no on this one too. I like the Camaro, but not enough to pay the $100,000+ it costs to have one imported and converted to righthand driver, nor butcher what is a nice design by tacking it onto ute that is starting to look as if a redesign is necessary.

        That said, I still like the G8 front facia that's offered at some dealers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is ok but the G8 nosed version they teased us with was killer looking IMHO. I was ready to pull the trigger on the Pontiac if it would have been reality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      no, No, and just plain - NO!!!!
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