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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.
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