Check Out the 1280-HP Chevy Truck That Gale Banks Built in 1993

Banks set out to build a pickup that could go, stop and turn as well as a brand-new Corvette. He nailed it.

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Gale Banks, founder of Banks Engineering, is well known in the tuning community. For decades he's been making big power numbers with American cars and trucks. In the early 1990s, GMC even hired him to help develop the legendary Syclone and Typhoon. While those trucks were cool, Banks's real goal was to build a full-size truck that could handle like a supercar. GMC said no to a factory-backed effort, so he did it himself in 1993. The result? The C1500 Banks 502.

Based on a a Chevy 1500 SS 454, the Banks 502 was Gale Bank's interpretation of the ultimate truck. He wanted it to stop, go, and turn like a then-new Corvette, and from the looks of this Retro Review video, it seems he achieved his goal. The low ride height, blacked out grille, spoiler extending beyond the bed, and extremely '90s decals are just a few of the upgrades.

Under the hood sits a 502 cubic-inch marine V-8 with new internals, port injection, and a pair of Offenhauser turbochargers, churning out an obscene 1280 horsepower. If you think that's a lot now, just remember, this thing came out in 1993. The McLaren F1 was brand-new at the time, and it didn't even make half the power. Gale Banks, you're a legend.

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