THE Australian ute was developed, designed, and refined before 1990, but what came after that was an evolution of the genre which ushered in more power and speed than the people who started it all could have imagined.
It is likely the last Aussie-built ute will be a rip-snorting HSV Maloo GTSR, with a supercharged 6.2-litre LSA engine wedged under the bonnet; a fully-armed fighter jet to the ’34 Coupe Utility’s paper aeroplane.
While the ute has evolved from a simple workhorse into a performance and lifestyle vehicle, there were still those that spent their lives as admirably competent haulers. The classic Holden one tonner disappeared for 18 years, but it returned with the VY, giving tradies an attractive alternative to the drudgery of something less Australian.
During the post-1990 era, local tuning houses FPV and HSV also tried their hand at turning the wick up on the iconic bodystyle. With large power outputs, and little weight over the rear wheels, the end results where hairy-chested celebrations of blue-collar motoring.
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