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Right match ... Brett Heslip spent time choosing the right colour for his 1969 C10 Chevrolet. PHOTOS: AMANDA CARRINGTON

When Brett Heslip imported a 1969 C10 Chevrolet “pick up” four years ago, one feature he did not change was the left-hand drive.

Mr Heslip, of Gore, imported the Chevrolet in 2012 from Las Vegas, in the United States. It was registered and warranted six months ago.

He started work on it the very first day he got it.

The body and chassis were imported from southern California.

Mr Heslip restored the vehicle and changed the nose cone to the 1967-68 nose cone as he preferred the earlier shape.

“Ninety-nine percent is all new,” Mr Heslip said.

The Chevrolet’s engine came out of a 2010 Cadillac CTS-V factory super-charged 6.2-litre engine and it has a six-speed automatic gearbox.

All set ... The 1969 C10 Chevrolet is powered by a 2010 Cadillac CTV-S supercharged 6.2-litre engine with an automatic transmission.
All set … The 1969 C10 Chevrolet is powered by a 2010 Cadillac CTV-S supercharged 6.2-litre engine with an automatic transmission.

When it was imported, it had 8000 miles (13,000km) on the clock.

He said he had to get a special wiring harness and a gear shifter.

“Everything was designed and programmed in the States,” he said.

Charlton Auto Imports brought in the parts, Carnaby Panel and Paint applied the pearl colour and Trevor Haywood installed the wiring harness.

“There’s a lot to it really.”

Mr Heslip owned a Chevrolet Impala when he lived in Australia.

He had owned a couple of other American cars before he restored this vehicle.

He said he had been looking for something like the Chevrolet.

Most people would have ended up with an Impala or Mustang, Mr Heslip said.

“A Chev [C10] is less common. It’s something a bit different to what everyone else has got.”

He has been a member of the Cobra Rodders Club in Gore for 10 years. He plans to enter the Chevrolet in the club’s annual drag race in Gore in February.

The car features a left-hand drive.

Mr Heslip said he left it like that as he found it simple to drive.