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Have some fun, guys. Check out first:

http://www.oldholden.com/fxfjclub/utes.htm

Then, try a google search on "Australian Ute".

Randy Peurifoy, my csutom car builder / modifier friend here in Austin who seems to live and breathe automobiles, drew to my attention yesterday while working on my transmision cooler that the SSR has some things in common not only with the orginal American GM Advanced Design Series of pickup trucks, but also with the Holden Ute manufactured in Australia.

When at that Ute website, note the horsepower rating and the payload (700 lb).

And yes, there IS a modern version of the Ute, and even a magazone devoted to it, that appears to have an all female crew. ("Ute Magazine")

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Another strange "conversion"

Many decades ago, Mercedes once produced a pickup-like variant of their well-known "Ponton" style sedans. None were ever imported to the US, but they were popular in other countries, especially in South Africa and Austrailia.

http://www.mbzponton.org/pax058/people/photogalleryvariants.htm

I once owned one of those ponton sedans, a 1960 model 190b. My dad originally bought that car in the late 60's. I drove that thing for years, to/from school or work. It was my daily driver until 1993. I only just got rid of it last year.
 
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Check out the thread on the SSR being converted to RH drive. I used to live near where they are converting the SSR, in a suburb of Melbourne. I'd love to take an SSR up the Great Ocean Road on the south coast - probably one of the most beautiful drives ever...
 
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