This Icon-built pick-up is the show truck to beat all show trucks

It’s called the Thrift Master, but we figure it could master a few other things, too

At Top Gear, we’re large followers of the actual.

Perhaps it’s all those days invested reading breathless news release about just how the styling of the new car’s air vents is ‘substantially extra dynamic’ than the version it replaces. Or possibly it’s when a BMW 330i is no longer powered by a three-litre engine, but a turbocharged two-litre ‘which has the power of a naturally aspirated three-litre’. As well as don’t also obtain us began on whatever Audi is doing with its” 40′ means in between this much which much power’ rubbish.

So, knowing what we don’t such as, what, you could be asking yourself, do we like? Well, exactly how about the Thriftmaster? No subterfuge, no ‘aspirational’ language, no folderol. Simply directly, unabashed facts. You understand precisely what you’re getting with a car called the Thriftmaster– something that helps you do what you require to as inexpensively as feasible.

OK, penalty. To be completely, 100 per cent accurate, ‘Thriftmaster’ really refers to an engine in (and the consequent trim level of) the Chevy ‘Advance Design’ vehicles– they included larger engines in the Loadmaster specification or smaller sized, more reliable ones in the Thriftmaster. Certainly, there are any type of variety of complexities and aberrations in all that, however that’s the idea. The Thriftmaster was the Chevy truck you purchased to pinch pennies.

Or at least it was.

The Icon Thrift Master (yep, area and also capitalisation is deliberate) is, as far as we can tell, the show truck to defeat all reveal vehicles. It is, like every Symbol construct we’ve seen, entirely thorough in its building and exemplary in its execution– specifically the astonishing vehicle bed (now there’s an expression we never ever thought we ‘d write) made from walnut that’s been ended up utilizing a Japanese strategy called Shou Sugi Ban. The procedure is to carefully char the wood, cool it, clean it as well as oil it, completing and fireproofing the timber without the demand for the stressing chemical alcoholic drinks we utilize these days. However despite its Kevin McCloud-spec tray lining, when we said Symbol’s Second hand Master is ‘the show vehicle to defeat all reveal vehicles’, we didn’t mean in the show ‘n’ luster.

See, beneath the ‘it was much better in my day’ looks exists a new chassis with totally adjustable coilover suspension and also six-piston Brembo brakes, along with a bona fide LS3 with 440bhp and also 430lb ft. Surprisingly enough, GM never ever called its LS V8 a ‘Thriftmaster’, however we’re guessing with all the modern gubbins in also something as primary as an LS, it’ll still handle similar mileage. If you’re the kind to spend thousands of thousands on a completely restored LS-powered truck and after that fret over gas economy.

What it will absolutely do is run rings around any type of vehicle of that era, as well as likely any type of unmodified pick-up vehicle approximately the Holden Special Autos Maloo super-utes. Which, together, are likewise fetching six-figure amounts nowadays. But then again, both can maintain real sports cars honest on practically any type of road you pick to picture. Yeah, actually. And you understand just how much stock we put in that word.