I don’t really know what it is about these old flat-faced GMC big rig tractors that I find so appealing when relieved of their trailers, but it’s something. Maybe it’s the odd proportion of large height to short length, forming an almost square shape? Maybe it’s the peculiar, bemused-looking face on these things? I’m not sure exactly, but whenever I see one driving sans-trailer, I think about what it would be like to turn one into a little everyday-use car, a hatchback, like what you see I’ve sketched above there.
It would be kind of like those Freightliner truck-based SUVs; remember those stupid things?
Like that, but going for something smaller and more humble, less opulent and, while still huge, it can fit into a smallish footprint, kind of like a full-grown dog trying to cram itself into a puppy bed.
Also, look how incredible the dash area is in these GMC Astros, like the 1972 one I drew over up top there:
Sure, if you want to get handsy with your passenger, this design makes it tough, but you can get these with a bunk in back, so I suppose there’s an opportunity to make up for that in there.
If anyone has one of these and is looking for a suitable project, I hereby authorize you to use my sketch there to create a fiberglass hatchback rear for one of these, and come up with the world’s tallest compact hatchback.