As demand for old-school trucks has soared and the new Bronco has become an overnight hit, fans hoping for GM to seriously re-enter the segment once occupied by the K5 Blazer and the Jimmy have largely been left hanging. One shop is taking things into its own hands to help fill the void.
Flatout Autos, run by Rob Hester, has released renders of its upcoming 2022 Jimmy SEMA build. The project is the third type of GM resto-mod that the shop has done, starting with C2 Corvettes and then building some four-door K5 Blazer resto-mods on the Tahoe platform. The success of those trucks was immediate, with a few going to the royal family of Dubai, so Hester got to work on this new project. The idea was a real new Jimmy, complete with a removable top and open-air rear seats.
"We took basically what Chevrolet did years ago with square-body K5s," Hester told Road & Track. "They used a single-cab pickup and a short bed. They made it a unibody and they used a fiberglass shell for a removable rear, so that's kind of what we did."
The closest factory option is currently a Sierra with a single cab and a longer bed and a work truck interior, so don't expect the final version to have all of the luxury trappings of a Sierra Denali or AT4. These new shop-built Jimmies will, however, have custom leather and can match the visual style of any Sierra trim, so long as Hester can get the parts. The top is a custom shell, and the rear seats come from the third row of a Tahoe. All of this combines for something clearly unique but, vitally, much simpler to produce than Hester's earlier restomods.
His goal is to make around 25 units in the first year, eventually ramping up to make one per week. Pricing starts at $120,000 and the first four are sold, but the shop isn't taking any more orders right now. Hester says that since the renders dropped, he's been a bit overwhelmed with attention.
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