Randy Reese is the Colorado dreamcatcher for those who still light votive candles at the altar of Our Lady of El Camino. He fulfills his role by importing the bodies of Australian utes, like the one pictured above, and installing them on the chassis' of fully US-compliant cars like the Pontiac GTO, G8, or Chevrolet Caprice or Impala. His two-year-old company only builds a few cars a year - each one takes 2.5 months - but they're all fully done up with their original safety equipment, accessories, Customs paperwork and VIN.

Jalopnik has the tale of how a bad divorce, a supercharger, a bunch of Hummer H3s and a trip to Australia led Reese to Left Hand Utes, and just one little click can take you there.


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      Cool people
      • 8 Months Ago
      Love the El Camino Weerkend warrior without truck frame..We need this product!
      Revis Goodworth
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wouldn't it be easier to just hack up a Shamaro and put a stake bed on it - Lord knows it would look better. Imagine one of those putrid Honduh Civic coupes that aren't so new with a wading pool as the pickup bed.
      chrismcfreely
      • 8 Months Ago
      The only ute I want is a fwd 4 banger one that goes forever, this is a stupid bobble and a waste of money.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 8 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        In your opinion sure....... way to **** on this man's dream and legit business. He's only wanting to bring joy to US enthusiasts (while making some $$$). That's the original American Dream, isn't it? I suppose it's your right by the 1st Amendment to be a dick though.
        EXP Jawa
        • 8 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        I'm sure you can find a Dodge Rampage that still runs if that's your preference...
      bubba_roe
      • 8 Months Ago
      And by making American Ute dreams come true the author means by burning them correct?
        PTC DAWG
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bubba_roe
        You never thought El Camino's or Ranchero's were cool? Sad what we have become.
          bubba_roe
          • 8 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          Sorry never been a big fan of ugly white trash cars, ElCaminos, Mustangs, Camaros, etc.
      6speed
      • 8 Months Ago
      Now the 5 people who actually want one, can get one.
        imoore
        • 8 Months Ago
        @6speed
        Make that 6. At an estimated $30,000, including RHD to LHD and available parts from the Pontiac G8 and Chevy Caprice PPV, I'm actually tempted to buy one. Problem?
        mitytitywhitey
        • 8 Months Ago
        @6speed
        Well he's already sold 11.... so...
      brux2dc
      • 8 Months Ago
      Even more interesting for me is if I could keep it as an RHD model.
      EXP Jawa
      • 8 Months Ago
      I saw one of these last summer and thought that someone had done a real convincing job at modifying a US-market G8, since the interior was all Pontiac (though the car was outwardly badged as a Holden). But maybe it actually was a real Ute body that was Americanized. I wish the same could be readily done for a Falcon Ute...
        imoore
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        According to the article, Reese's next project is a Falcon XR8. His main problem is finding compatible parts, and right now the closest things are from the Jaguar S-Type and Lincoln LS.
      thenewrick
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love Utes! I have a Subaru Baja and I consider it a Ute as well.
      username
      • 8 Months Ago
      Shut up and take my money!
      Justin Shaw
      • 8 Months Ago
      Way cooler than seeing PT Cruisers turned into trucks. I've actually seen a Volvo V70 coverted into a truck, that was pretty cool too.
      Cruising
      • 8 Months Ago
      Gorgeous!
      sampson
      • 8 Months Ago
      My trip to Australia last year, I couldn't believe how many "utes" there were... Seemed like 1 out of every 10 cars was a ute.. It's a shame they didn't bring this to America as the el camino
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