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Autotrader Find: Unfinished Tesla Cybertruck Replica


The vehicle you see here is technically, at its core, a 1988 Chevrolet Silverado 3500.  It’s got a Chevrolet truck VIN, engine, frame, and dashboard, but that’s about where the familiar part ends.  In place of the 1988 Silverado’s body, someone has concocted a skeleton in the shape of Tesla’s Cybertruck concept.  Let’s break this down a little further.

The 1988 Silverado 3500 used as the base of this monstrosity would’ve hailed from the truck’s third-generation, when it was technically known as the C-Series in two-wheel drive form, and as the K-Series when fitted with 4WD.  A two-wheel drive model, this one would’ve been known as a Chevrolet C3500.  Under the hood is a 454 cu in, or 7.4-liter gas V8; the largest engine GM offered in its trucks at the time.  That’s mated to a three-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels.  Given the time, effort, and money required of a Cybertruck-replica project like this, this strikes us as an odd vehicle to use as a base, but nonetheless, the vehicle frame looks to be mostly devoid of rust, and while it isn’t technologically advanced, the powertrain should be pretty reliable.  The truck comes sitting on six 37-in military surplus tires, as it uses a dual rear-wheel setup.

This project is located at a dealer north of Palm Beach FL.  Whoever takes it on will need to be fairly skilled when it comes to metal fabrication, as this thing doesn’t even have doors, but rather network of steel tubing forming a very rough outline of the Cybertruck’s general shape.  We can see some resemblance to the Cybertruck in its front end, and in the peaked roof, but beyond that, finishing the truck will involve not only designing and finishing the body, but working out doors, glass, and an interior too.  But hey – if you’re a mad-scientist type with a welder, don’t let us stop you. Find a Chevrolet Silverado 3500 for sale


Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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