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in the coun­try and for those who tow big loads.

Queens­land-based con­ver­sion spe­cial­ists Per­for­max recog­nised that mar­ket ex­isted here and have been sell­ing right-hand drive mod­els since 2001.

The com­pany also im­ports ex­otic cars such as the Corvette and Ford Mus­tang but pick-ups are the main­stay.

The Sil­ver­ado starts at $117,500 and own­ers can then per­son­alise their ve­hi­cles with a huge op­tions list. The fit and fin­ish on the mod­i­fied Sil­ver­ado is first rate. Per­for­max makes its own dash moulds to en­sure con­sis­tency and you have to start pok­ing around un­der the dash to see where the con­ver­sion has been done.

The com­pany im­ports a range of Sil­ver­ado mod­els, with the tur­bod­iesel 2500HD crew cab its most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle. The 2500HD has a mod­est tow­ing ca­pac­ity of seven tonnes, down from the 10 tonnes on the 3500HD, mean­ing you can use it to shift apart­ments rather than houses.

Melbourne-based Per­for­max dealer Grant Har­ri­son says there is a niche mar­ket that wants ve­hi­cles such as the Sil­ver­ado purely for their tow­ing ca­pac­ity and dura­bil­ity.

‘‘ They’re a proven thing and they’re a bit cheaper than a con­verted F Se­ries but have all the Ford has and more,’’ Har­ri­son says.

‘‘ Big boats, horse floats— the thing doesn’t feel them.’’ The Mel­ton-based car dealer prac­tises what he preaches and will use one of the Chevys to haul his world cham­pi­onship­win­ning grand prix hy­droplane around the coun­try this year.

More grunt than a hog farm: the Us-built Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD

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