The 1955 Ford F100 of Peter and Vicky Bevitt, which appeared on the cover of the Oct-Nov 1984 issue of Street Machine, has popped up for sale in amazing condition in Queensland.
To put that in historical perspective, this was the same issue that we announced that the V8s ’Til ’98 campaign had succeeded, ensuring that the Holden V8 would live on until the end of the century. And editor Geoff Paradise tested the brand-spanking-new VH HDT Group III. Feeling old yet?
Peter bought the F100 in rough condition for $1300 out of Glenn Innes, NSW, with only 2300 miles on the clock. First up, he gave the F-truck a country-style glow-up, with a timber flatbed tray, stock 272 Y-block V8, big lights and twin exhaust stacks over the cabin.
After various makeovers, Peter started on the version you see here, including a Holden front end with power steering, an extensively chromed Jaguar rear, and a 351C/C4 driveline combo.
Body mods included a full steel tilt front, custom fuel filler, a Peter-fabbed, tilt stepside body (using pumped fibreglass guards to accomodate the 10x15in Appliance Strikers), Peter’s own fibreglass running boards, a sunroof and polished Tasmanian oak flooring in the tray.
The F100 was a hit on the show circuit, winning Top Mild Custom at the 1984 Street Machine Nationals and Top Engineered Street Machine, and Top Custom Classic Commerical at the 1984 Roselands Show. The rig was a rolling advertisment for Peter and Vicky’s Custom Pick-Up Accessories business.
Amongst the rides built by Custom Pick-Up Accessories was the Aussie Battler monster truck, seen here at Street Machine Summernats 9 crushing a poor Leyland P76!
And now, after many years out of the spotight, the F100 is for sale in Hatton Vale, Queensland. The truck appears to be almost in the exact same specification as when it appeared in SM, although the Appliance Strikers have been swapped out for a set of 15×10 and 15×8 five-slotters.
If you want a piece of Aussie street machine history in your shed and have $59,000 sitting in your kick, contact the crew at Firepower Customs and Classics.