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Autotrader Find: 1985 GMC Jimmy Hot Rod Convertible


Here’s something I wasn’t expecting: This is a 1985 GMC Jimmy. Yes, I know, it looks like a convertible hot rod with a flame paint job and it is. But underneath that, this is a 1985 GMC Jimmy — and you can still see some Jimmy in it if you look closely.

Here are the basics: The ad says that this is a Henry Caroselli Rodster — yes, that’s “Rodster,” not “Roadster” — and that it’s a street rod conversion that uses a 1985 GMC Jimmy as a starting point. Although it’s hard to spot the 1985 Jimmy in this vehicle, it’s there: Have a look at the doors and you can clearly see that they’re from a Jimmy of this era.

Everything else, however, is custom. The entire remainder of the body is custom-made and truly resembles an old-school hot rod — and the flame paint job certainly helps sell the image. Under the hood is a Chevy 350 and this truck-car is also said to have a throaty exhaust and a sporty rear end for improved performance. The front end contains a 1940 Ford reproduction grille, while the interior is similar to the 1980s GMC it came from, with only a few upgrades.

If you’re interested, this crazy Jimmy-based hot rod is offered by Skyway Classics in Palmetto, Florida, where it’s listed for $19,997. I have no idea if that’s a bargain or not but it’s certainly noteworthy. Find a GMC Jimmy for sale

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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