2006 SEMA Show by TCC Team (10/30/2006)
All our coverage from the Las Vegas aftermarket extravaganza.
Infused with the trendsetting, custom styling cues popularized by the bike-building Teutul family, the Chevy Orange County Choppers (OCC) Silverado is the ultimate shop hauler. It is designed to transport motorcycle engines and other components necessary to create one-of-a-kind custom choppers – and does so with the same eye-popping design as OCC’s own bikes.
A 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 backs up the OCC Silverado’s Sturgis-ready good looks and the interior carries the contemporary chopper theme, with plenty of black leather, chrome and billet trim. A raft of chromed chopper engines is tied down in the customized cargo bed.
“The OCC Silverado is a tribute to a family that has made an enormous impact on design and the new Silverado is the perfect canvas to illustrate it,” said John Cafaro, chief designer for full-size trucks. “Ironically, the OCC Silverado represents the reverse of OCC’s typical themed creations; rather than designing a bike to fit a particular theme, we’ve built a truck to reflect the Teutuls’ contribution to the chopper, and the focus they’ve brought to the industry.”
The custom, chopper-inspired exterior design elements include a blend of billet aluminum and chrome accents – including CNC-carved flame designs in the grille and tailgate – chrome side pipes and a specially tailored “bigs-and-littles” wheel/tire combination. These elements combine with authentic Chevrolet styling cues, including custom fascias, smoothed bodywork and a raised power dome hood, to create an inspired, totally unique truck.
“The GM design team spent time at Orange County Choppers to understand their philosophy of design,” said Cafaro. “The Teutuls are agile and quick when it comes to implementing their design idea for a chopper and we approached this Silverado project with that same sense of acting upon inspiration.”
Lead designer Jeff Puppos, a muscle car owner and enthusiast, brought a unique approach to the project. Placing himself in the role of an OCC designer, he collaborated closely with OCC design chief Jason Pohl to capture many aspects of OCC’s design capability.
Design elements include:
- Polished billet grille with CNC-cut flames and bow tie center emblem
- Custom, open headlamp housing with motorcycle-style “tri-bar” lenses and HID lamps
- Custom lower fascia with billet trim and motorcycle-style auxiliary lighting
- Raised power dome hood
- Shaved exterior door handles with ITW Active Touch door release system
- Custom, low-profile outside mirrors
- Dual chrome side exhausts
- Smoothed inner cargo box (to accommodate chopper engine transport)
- Removable tailgate with billet flame design and side supports inspired by chopper front suspension forks
- Custom “roll pan” rear fascia with stamped louvers
- Custom tail lamp housing with motorcycle-inspired lamps, including “blue dots”
- Fuel filler relocated to top of cargo box, with polished aluminum flames trim
- Twenty-two-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels enhance “bigs-and-littles” wheel/tire profile
- Wheels inspired by spoke-type motorcycle rims, including sprocket-type detail
- Air Ride Technologies front and rear suspensions
- Black paint with red-tinted windows