It’s hard to believe that this ’51 Chevrolet COE truck is currently sitting in the small town of Oude Pekela, located in the north eastern part of Holland. What makes this build even more special is the story behind it. It all started back in ’94 when Koos attended a US car show in Sweden. There he purchased a American Rodder magazine where he first laid his eyes on a COE truck. It was love at first sight and he knew right away that he would own one some day. Fast forward to ’00 when things started looking good. He got a tip about a possible 1972 GMC ½ pickup long bed that was imported from Canada to Holland that he eventually ended up buying it. The chassis was good, but the body not so much. Not a problem though as Koos already had an eye on something that he has been wanting for many years, a ’51 Chevy COE cab. The only issue was that it was located about 5,000 miles west.

Photos By: Ronald Veth exclusively for

Actually, you would think that it would have been an issue, but it wasn’t. You see, no distance will ever come in a way of something you truly love. Koos got a on a plane and flew to Idaho, USA. He rented a U-Haul truck, picked up the cab and transported it to the San Francisco harbour where it was eventually put on a ship and sent back to Holland! Some of you are probably asking yourselves why he didn’t restore it and turn it into some show car, and that’s where it get’s even better. Before the cab even arrived back home Koos already had a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer that was trying to have as a daily driver. Unfortunately that didn’t work out too well as the Jeep was breaking down all the times and costing a ton of money to keep fixing. He then put the Jeep to the side and started working on the ’51 COE. He initially wanted to repaint the truck and the whole nine yards, but at the time the “rat rod” look was blowing up in Europe so Koos decided to keep as much of the original 50+ years old paint as possible.

And so the build began. We urge you to check out a few build photos by clicking here, you’ll be inspired. After facing many challenges and a ton of hard work, his dream truck was finally ready to be unveiled. Since then it has been shown on dozens of websites and several magazines and has gained plenty of respect and reputation from some of the finest automotive builders in Europe. Hit the Read More button below to take a closer look at this unique truck with us!

The engine was not really changed as it is a insanely huge 7.5L V8 (Buick 455). Front wheels came off of an older Chevy and were widened from 15×7.5 to 15×8.75 in the front while the rears are from a ’91 Caprice that were widened from 15×7 to 15×15! The rear axles comes from a 1979 Pontiac. He then proceeded to make the chassis 10cm shorter at the front. For more legroom he moved that big ol’ motor back about 80cm and he lowered it 20cm in the chassis. The list goes on, but every little thing was either swapped out or custom made to really be a one off a kind truck.

The flat bed is home made. All the wood for the bed was made and then put on the roof of his garage during the winter to get that “old look”. When asked what kind of reaction he gets driving this thing around he tells us that necks break left and right and so do the cameras! In case you are wondering how often the car gets driven, Koos says that he recently made a trip to Sweden which is about 2,000 miles! He attended several car shows and as we said before, it received a ton of positive feedback from some of the best builders around. It’s seriously an amazing build that deserves a ton of exposure.

The whole build took about 1745 hours and lasted from November 7th, 2004 all the way to September 9th, 2007! He wants to thank his girlfriend Harmke, his dad and friends Engel Smit and Arnold for everything that they’ve done for him. It is truly an honor to show off this car with our fans and we sure hope that you guys enjoy it as much as we do. Big shout out to Ronald Veth for the photos and of course Koos for agreeing to make this feature happen! Until next time everyone!

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27 Responses

  1. Get Snuffed Son


    thats sickest shit you guys have Ever posted on here.

    ..not because its the best looking, but because it the most unique.

    FUCK YES!!!!!!!

  2. David

    WOW! (Jaw dropped)
    I wonder how much it would cost to replace one of those back tires :O

  3. brandon

    WOW..that thing looks 1 of a kind for sure and i give him props..what kind of suspension is he running because 2000 miles is a long way to go being that low!!

  4. Edgar

    Man that thing is beautiful! dont know why the first poster is hating on the setting, its a great setting. Plus the truck is what makes the pictures

  5. Uncle B

    Detroit Iron ! American made steel through-out, American made rubber, chrome, paint, even the original molds, all American made! That nation gone from the face of the earth now, only its children remain. Even Detroit City, Motor City to the world, in Third World Ruins, as the jobs, the Capital, the know-how, the proptietary secrets, the patents, all property of the corporations moves ot China, leaving the children of America orphaned, looking for the former prosperity, not finding it. Ford Motor Company selling out, even foresaking the good workers in Canada at the St Thomas plant, moving to three giant Uber-modern Super-factories designed specifically to be operated by 98 pound Asian women in China. Cars designed for Asian markets, bigger, richer by far! This truck ran proudly on American highways only decades ago, hauling American made products, supporting Union men, bureaucrats, politicians, even the fancy financiers in their banks. Black clouds on the American horizons! The Asian Empire, soon to expand with Thorium fueled, LFTR-reactors, endless, cheap elelctrical power, to a Pan-Eurasian Empire, as America recoils, stuck on foreign oil, Uranium and its waste products, and a Military/Industrial complex wielding unnatural political powers. Truck is certainly a bitter reminder – of the days when we watched the TV show “CannonBall” and its noble drivers of trucks like these in a long passed, Moral America, in a time long ago!

  6. Kevin

    That thing’s sick! I totally thought it had dullies in the back at first. Those wheels are insane.

  7. S13silcoupe

    Cars like these is what keeps the custom car scene alive….big props for one of the most unique and beautiful cars I’ve seen to date

  8. Leon

    Yeah, been waiting for this shoot! This truck is definately one of a kind, hope to see it cruising more often on the dutch roads!

  9. Dontae

    @Joel It wouldn’t make since to take shots of an old worn looking truck, in a nice pretty setting. It was a workhorse not a luxury ride. Use common sense

  10. Piele

    Very nice piece of art!!
    Seen it at “Duitse Autosport Festifal” in the Netherlands!
    Got some footage of this beast scrappin’ all over the place :P
    But it’s on my broken Iphone..
    Thing is HUGE!!


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