For some, the thrill's in the hunt, not the kill. Others-well, they'd prefer to sit down with that venison already prepared in front of them. For that person, the one who enjoys the end result rather than the process it takes to get there, Southern Motor Company has just cooked up the ideal meal: The Southern 408, the world's first turnkey classic truck. That's right-no hunting for project material, no gathering parts for said project, and no endless nights putting said parts together for said project. Simply put your order in, and before you know it there's a brand-new classic truck at your behest, ready to enjoy to your liking.

Sure, a lot of folks prefer taking the long road, and oftentimes actually enjoy the build stages more than the finished project. Others don't, and there isn't a single thing wrong with that. Along with the timeframe situation, there are many other factors to contend with when building a complete car or truck of this nature: the individual's skill/mechanical abilities, space, and yes, even money. And if you're quick to comment on how expensive something like The Southern 408 would be, you might be in for a surprise. Believe it or not, this truck won't set you back much more than a fully loaded Silverado or F-150-but with only a maximum of 1,200 being produced each year once everything's in full swing (Southern is geared to produce 100 for 2008, followed by 600 in 2009), you don't have to worry about seeing carbon copies on the road every time you get behind the wheel.

The Southern 408, modeled after a '54 Chevy 3100, is actually quite an impressive vehicle when you break it all down. Offered in a variety of PPG Vibrance and Radiance II color choices (the prototype is shown in Sunset Red), the truck comes complete with a 5.4L 350, a four-speed OD auto or five-speed manual transmission, and a disc brake-equipped, 3.73-geared rearend to provide the same reliable performance of those aforementioned new trucks. Furthermore, along with dual front airbags, side impact bars, turn signals, etc. to help ensure personal safety, the 408 also comes with added assurance-a 36-month/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. You read that correct-a classic truck with a warranty!

Upon further investigation, you might notice a fair amount of deviance from the actual '54 Chevy specs, and for good reason. Obviously, to get the nod from General Motors, which they did, Southern Motor Company had to make the appropriate style changes. In doing so, they took the liberty to give end users a little more legroom by slightly enlarging the cab in the right places-and still managed to chop the top without compromising headroom. Among other key marque changes is the Fleetline-inspired grille flanked by the Deco-looking hood badge. As far as the bed, fenders, and bumpers are concerned, they're pretty much "as-were," as you can see. For the bed floor treatment, though, it's anything but what was available in '54-how about hand-selected teak wood professionally finished along with polished stainless strips? And while we're on the subject of modern options, take a look at the interior, which is anything but a basic vinyl-covered bench and Spartan instrumentation. The 408 is decked out in full leather, and electric bucket seats, tilt steering, air conditioning, and a CD sound system are standard package choices.

Interest piqued? If so, here's the deal. Southern is currently taking pre-orders. As mentioned, they will only produce 100 models, which will be available beginning in 2008. Every Southern 408 will meet National Safety Standards for each production year-including emissions in all 50 states! A fully refundable (with interest) deposit is required at the time of ordering, and customers are encouraged to testdrive a production truck at any time before delivery (scheduled for June 2008). The Southern 408 is the real deal. For more information, please contact Southern Motor Company at 864-843-0988; www.southernmotorcompany.com.