GM Performance Parts' 1955 Chevy E-Rod combines vintage design with a new 315 horsepower E-ROD 5.3-liter V-8 crate engine.
The E-Rod was created with help from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Its classic body is an officially licensed product from GM Restoration Parts and Dynacorn. The chassis is a donor from a TrailBlazer SS and the 17-inch wheels are the standard rolling stock from a Chevy Silverado.
“This truck is perfect for cruising in style and it doesn’t sacrifice any of the great driveability traits people are used to in modern vehicles. It also has the emissions efficiency of a modern vehicle,” said Dave Ross, the designer responsible for the E-Rod.
According to GM, the Dynacorn body comes with a unique vehicle identification number, qualifying it to be considered a “special-construction” vehicle, depending upon state and local requirements for registration.
All E-Rod engines ship with emissions hardware that includes catalytic converters, oxygen sensors and a mass airflow sensor.
The E-Rod 5.3-liter V-8 is the most affordable GM crate engine, priced around $6,000 through the select GM dealers. In the E-Rod, it's paired with GMPP’s 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission.
The TrailBlazer chassis includes four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Lowering springs that reduce ride height by approximately 6-inches from a stock TrailBlazer were added to give the truck a sportier stance.
Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, said that truck enthusiasts could duplicate the E-Rod pickup for approximately $50,000 to $80,000, if they were starting from scratch.