2018 GMC Sierra Stepside Takes Retro to Another Level

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Mysterious images of a newly-converted stepside popped up on social media recently. And we tracked down the story behind them!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several months, you’ve undoubtedly seen the sudden surge of retro Chevy trucks popping up at various dealerships. These new pickups, which tastefully sport various elements of those from the ’70s and ’80s, are garnering a ton of attention because, well, they’re awesome. Old school two-tone paint jobs, modest wheels, and white-letter tires look great on modern pickups. Who knew? But these GMC Sierra pickups we recently spied take that old school/new school approach to an entirely new level.

Stepside pickups were all the rage for decades, offering up attractive styling at the expense of bed space. And now, apparently, someone is trying to bring them back. And yet, the story behind these interesting GMC Sierra stepsides is shrouded in mystery. It all started when this post surfaced in a Facebook group called Sloppy Mechanics.

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The response to this Frankenstein GMC Sierra was, to say the least, pretty incredible. And naturally, everyone wanted to know the story behind it. Some speculated that this was actually something built by GM, or perhaps done as a dealer conversion. Further thickening the plot, quite a few people also posted this video of a white stepside Sierra from a Chevy fan page.

Eventually, someone finally chimed in with some answers! Apparently, these trucks were built by a company called AutoPort based in New Castle, Delaware. The company does all sorts of vehicle modifications and conversions for people here in the U.S. and abroad. Apparently, these stepside GMC Sierra pickups are all the rage in the Middle East, and this shipment is headed to Katar. A total of 500 trucks were converted, and all are headed to a dealer for resale.

Looks like we Americans aren’t the only ones hot for retro pickups!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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