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You had to walk around the rounded front section of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and even then it might have been easy to wander past this pale shade of green-and-white 1972 Chevrolet C30, unless you were drawn in by the long and shiny aluminum-trimmed matching camper mounted behind its cabin.
Such vintage campers are not the usual sort of thing you find at the annual SEMA Show, but they show up from time to time and usually they are spectacularly restored, and then some.
This one, named ReRun, was done by Creative Mobile Interiors, a company based in Grove City, Ohio. Rerun was invited to SEMA as a featured vehicle by PPG, the automotive paint supplier.
A sign next to the truck included a “before” photo of how the camper and pickup looked when Creative undertook their restoration. According its website, CMI designs and builds custom, one-of-a-kind vehicle conversions of all types and sizes, ranging from campers to mobile marketing display trailers and from tailgating specials to mobile offices.
As far as the ’72 Chevy C30 was concerned, the restoration included installation of a 402cid “big block” v8 bored 30 over and equipped with Keith Black domed pistons, a March Performance serpentine kit, Sniper fuel injection, SM465 transmission, hydraulic clutch and Wilwood Hydro brakes. It also modernized the driver’s compartment.
But it is the camper unit that makes this customization sensational. The camper originally was produced in 1972 by Mitchell & Sons, Inc., of Commerce City, Colorado. Creative rebuilt the aluminum body and shell and installed a complete custom camping interior with kitchenette, full bathroom, queen-size bed, SmarTV, WiFi, full kitchenette with bamboo countertops and an HVAC system with built-in 4 kilowatt generator.
Basically, this is an apartment on wheels, and a very livable apartment at that.