Had Pontiac survived, would it have tackled the idea of building a limited-edition, high-performance, heavy-duty truck? If not for production, then maybe just as a concept? Pontiac truck history is almost nonexistent, and the pickups it considered from time to time were car-based trucks. The last one was the G8 ST. The G8 GXP sedan was one tough performer, so it stands to reason the ST in GXP form may have provided similar performance. Taking that thought a step further is another orphan design, which shares roots with the current GMC Sierra All Terrain concept truck and is inspired by some of Pontiac’s legendary automobiles.
The Carousel Red color, side stripes, and logo were lifted from the first GTO Judge. The ram-air hood design was inspired by the ’71 Judge and incorporates another nod to the past: the hood-mounted tach. The Pontiac split grille has the familiar honeycomb pattern many Pontiac models sported, and at the back there’s a wing shape derived from the ’69 Trans Am. The SD initials on the door are a throwback to the Super Duty models, and the wheels needed to be special, too—they are honeycombs spun off of the ’99 GTO concept car.
Ted Alexander was one of those kids who always drew cars. Today, as a freelance designer/illustrator, his car, truck, and bus illustrations and designs are created for companies, magazines, and racing events. His automotive work is shared with a successful advertising career that includes designing brochures and logos and illustrating products for Chicago-area companies. His brochures have won national design awards, and his logo designs have been featured in American and international design annuals.