A large portion of the market has veered from purchasing sedans to bigger vehicles such as SUVs and pickups. That’s one of the reasons why the F-series has been the best-selling vehicle for almost four decades in the U.S. Since manufacturers saw Ford achieve unbelievable success in the pickup market, they also wanted to get a share.
Some automakers managed to make an impression on the market and went on to produce models that competed against the F-series. Then, there were a few automakers who decided to veer from the standard pickup design and attempted to make a unique one. In some cases, it worked and not so much in other cases.
With so many pickup models that emerged on the market, there were bound to be some obscure models. We gleaned pictures of some of the most obscure pickups that you can still collect today.
10 Lamborghini LM002
Although Ferrari didn’t produce a pickup, Lamborghini did. It was called the LM002. The pickup was produced between 1986 and 1993 and boasted a 5.2-liter V12 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission.
The car weighed almost 6,000 pounds and has an odd design. Lamborghini designed the LM002 as an off-road vehicle. Most of the market didn’t receive this pickup well. Although the LM002 didn’t sell that well, some car enthusiasts claim that the car is worth $400,000. That’s a lot of money for a pickup that didn’t prove to be successful.
9 Mini Pickup
It’s difficult to imagine that anybody would be interested in a mini pickup, yet there is some demand for it. Considering a Mini is so small, it doesn’t provide ample space for passengers, nor does it provide great performance. Then, when you add cargo to its mini bed, you’re bound to go even slower.
Despite that, there are some people who would like to own it. If there wasn’t a demand, it wouldn’t be going on sale. Motor 1 reported in March 2020 that a 1972 AustinAustin Mini Pickup will be available at the RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Sale in May.
8 Volkswagen Type 2
When Volkswagen introduced the Type 2 back in 1949, it was considered to be a kombi or a minibus. Surfers loved it since it gave them ample space to store their surfboards and provided space for them to camp out by the beach. Then, a pickup version emerged. It provided more space for cargo than for passengers.
The Type 2’s bed is quite deep, and it was available as a single or a double cab version. Hemmings listed a 1961 model for $66,900.
7 Ferrari 412
Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. Who would’ve thought that Ferrari would make a pickup truck? Well, the Italian manufacturer didn’t make one, but the London Motor Group thought it would be a good idea to take the standard 412 and convert it into a pickup.
It was back in 2014 that Motor 1 reported about London Motor Group unveiling what they believed to be the first Ferrari 412 Pickup.
6 Subaru Baja
Subaru had established a great name in the World Rally Championship, so they wanted to use the platform of their winning car to bring it to the masses. They managed to have massive success with the Impreza and WRX STI, but they also wanted a pickup model. So, they brought out the Baja. This pickup was in production from 2002 until 2006 and boasted a 2.5-liter engine that’s capable of producing 165 horsepower.
5 BMW E30 M3
There are some cars that should remain as sports versions. When automakers try to make a pickup version, they stand a chance of undermining the original vehicle. BMW has made the M-series for enthusiasts who love performance vehicles. They have done extremely well with the M-series, but it was back in 1986 that the German automaker decided to build a pickup version of the popular M3.
The pickup provides great performance, but it’s slower once loaded with cargo. This is one of the cars that should remain on the track.
4 Volvo 850 T5 R
One of the automakers who doesn’t have a reputation for producing pickups is Volvo. The Swedish automaker has produced reliable sedans, but pickup production was something that many Volvo enthusiasts weren’t aware of. However, there was a Swedish dealership who got their hands on a pickup version called the 850 TR 5. Getting your hands on one will prove to be a challenge since limited editions were built, but it is available.
3 International CXT
It started with the International CXT. Then, the automaker decided to expand the collection and added the CXT (Commercial Extreme Truck) to its arsenal. The CXT might as well have been a rig because it was massive, and it boasted a 7.6 inline-6 turbodiesel that’s capable of producing 220 horsepower.
There was even an 8.7-liter version, capable of producing 300 horsepower. If this version wasn’t extreme enough for you, then you could go for something even more hardcore – the MXT (Military/Most Extreme Truck).
2 Subaru 360 Sambar
Described as a microvan or a Kei truck, the Subaru Sambar went into production in 1961. It must’ve made an impression on the market since Subaru has managed to keep it on its assembly line ever since.
The idea behind it was to transport small loads such as commercial delivery usage. Not only were the doors unique, but so was the bed. It provided limited space, and you’d have to load the cargo from the side since the engine was at the back.
1 Chevrolet SSR
When Chevrolet produced the SSR, the American automaker wanted to combine a retro vehicle with a pickup. The result was the Chevrolet SSR, which was a retractable hardtop convertible pickup truck.
Under the hood was a 5.3-liter V8 engine that was available from 2003 until 2004. Then, Chevrolet offered a 6-liter V8 engine from 2005 until 2006, with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car needed 5.5 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph. It was definitely one of the most unique pickups to come out of the States.
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