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ADDICT BIG BLOCK

One enthusiast’s love affair with the “Truck from Hell”
PHOTOS BY GRANT COX

THE YEAR WAS 1990. With the sport truck craze in full swing, GM decided to offer a factory fast/performance pedigree pickup to the public to appeal to the enthusiast with a heavy right foot and a need to haul and tow. The 454 SS was born and filled a niche with a power packed ½ ton, short wheel base truck that hadn’t exited GM assembly lines since the 70s. Its rounded, modern day body lines, 454 SS badging and graphic package, distinctive and sinister egg crate grille and chrome sport wheels combined with the torque monster under the hood made the “Truck from Hell” a force to be reckoned with. Production ran from 1990-1993 with just a mere 17,000 trucks hitting the streets across the country. Fast forward 28 years, and the 454 SS trucks are rarely seen and highly collectible with price tags that warrant a double take.

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