Selling a Holden Ute as a Chevy Caprice convertible on cars and auctions raises flags and questions


As much as many of you have begged GM, the Holden Commodore-based UT didn’t come to North America. However, there is one for sale on cars and bids that comes complete with a 355 hp (261 kW) 6.0L V8, six-speed manual transmission. This is a powerful package no matter where on Earth you are but especially in the US. No, not because of the force but because she got a bed from behind.

Like we said, here in America we’ve never received such a package but that doesn’t stop enthusiasts from wanting it. Some wanted it so badly that they broke the rules to get it here early. Others faced the problem of reconfiguring it into legal parts. We’re not quite sure which of these two is on Cars & Bids.

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That’s because the pickup truck, listed as a “2015 Chevrolet Caprice Ute Conversion” right-hand drive, is getting an excited community excited about whether or not it’s legal. From what the seller says it’s a rebuilt Caprice, but listen to how he describes the “rebuild process.”

The description reads “This is a right-hand drive Holden Ute, Australian-spec and Tennessee-registered as a 2015 Chevrolet Caprice with a custom-built title.” The seller states, “This pickup was built using a Ute exposed housing and parts from a Chevrolet Caprice Pursuit (PPV) and a Chevrolet SS. The parts list sourced for the Caprice PPV includes a 6.0-liter V8 engine, catalysts, seat belts, and airbags.” Parts sourced from the SS includes a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, axles, front section, and doors.”

2015 Chevrolet Caprice Special Build or Holden Ute with Chevy and VIN Parts?

In other words, the car you’re seeing isn’t technically a Caprice or Chevy SS, it’s a Holden Ute. The Caprice and SS parts have been grafted inside to make it work and drive properly. Additionally, the VIN is compatible with the Chevy Caprice PPV. For those unaware, this is a very vague gray area in terms of legality here in the United States. The owner argues that it is legal because unlike vehicles such as the R34 GT-R or TVRs, most of the parts on the Holden Ute are available here in the USA.

However, the alleged owner of the Left Hand Utes conversion company spoke out in the comments to say, “As the owner of Left Hand Utes, we convert to LHD, do to DOT laws because RHD Holdens have not been crash tested approved to USA rules until 25 years of import.” As I see it, this Ute circumvents import laws by changing VINs with a USA Holden vehicle. Buyer beware!!!”

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What’s not up for discussion is how cool this thing is in terms of its merits. Sure, you’ll get a lot more power than most 6.0-liter engines these days, but we can assure you that this Ute engine will put a pair of tire marks as well as anything else. It’s clear from the photos that the bed isn’t there just for looks, so it’s not just a pretty face without real use.

The real question is whether the government will ever show up to take your sports truck. Currently, the bid is $22,000, and while that’s a great car that sounds like a lot of money to spend on a potential time bomb.

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