The South Carolina based Southern Motor Company has taken upon itself the daunting task of creating the Southern 358, described as the modern classic street rod.
Limited production is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2008, with production jumping from 100 vehicles to 600 in 2009. Manufactured in South Carolina, comprised of stamped-steel body panels and almost fully supported by parts made in the USA, the Southern Motor Company cut no corners in creating its modern street rod.
Hailed for its innovative merging of classic design and modern engineering, the Southern 358 breaks away from modern, trendy, futuristic styling and instead taps into the love we all share for bold, classic pickup trucks. These burly machines evoke a sense of pride and warmth unparalleled by modern vehicles. However, the Southern 358 has a distinct advantage over its classic pickup truck predecessor in that it is, in fact, produced in the here and now, with the fine-tuning and perfection of modern engineering. Four-wheel disk brakes, power rack-and-pinion steering, 4.6L SOHC 24-valve 330hp Mustang V-8, power windows and seats, AC, CD player, dual stainless-steel exhausts, 17 inch Cragar S/S wheels, tubular ladder frame, and the latest suspension technology differentiate the Southern 358 from the average farm rod.
But wait, the craziest part is still to come. How about adding on a three-year, 36,000 mile limited warranty to this custom rod? Or, perhaps driver and passenger airbags? Or, how about meeting crash standards and complying with emissions? Kid you not. Although on a limited-production scale and highly specialize, the 358 is still serviceable at over 4,000 Ford dealers nationwide. Custom rod with factory service? You heard it...and all for a sticker price of 55k.
The Southern 358 is both factory and custom, with very impressive styling and a clean, classy interior. What do you think? Does the fact that the Southern 358 is PRODUCED this way take away from its appeal as a CUSTOM ride? Does the fact that it is produced now take away from its vintage appeal?