As this is our first BLOG we will undoubtly need a little understanding..
Our story is quite unique and we would like to share with you the history of our family company from our beginning to now after operating for 35+ years…
We represent FORD & RAM as a Conversion Company and a New Vehicle Dealership in Australia..
We will also discuss the many aspects of the process required to complete a ‘Mirror Image’ conversion of a LHD to RHD American Pickup Truck.
We will attach various images of the works in progress to show you the detail required to achieve a successful conversion.
From Humble Beginnings
Maracoonda Automotive commenced way back in the 1980s as a 2 person business, Ross and Ann Anderson converting Corvettes, TransAms, Oldsmobiles and many other American vehicles that were very popular in Australia at that time. These vehicles were seen to be different and exciting as our Australian vehicle choice was quite limited in the 80s.
As the years passed Ross, our company director, could see that there was a space in the Australian market for the American Pickup Truck. Our Holden and Ford utes were very popular vehicles however they did have some limitations in the towing capabilities and many Australian retirees [blue rinse set] were travelling around Australia towing caravans so a larger vehicle choice would be welcomed, so our company took the risk and imported the first Chevrolet CK and then followed with the FORD and later the RAM.
In the beginning, the development of the conversion processes required for these vehicles was enormous with many hundreds of hours devoted to achieve a conversion which meet all of the strict Australian Design Rules and achieve an exacting conversion.
The American Pickup truck proved very popular with the Australian market so Maracoonda started to expand introducing Brand New Chevrolet, Ford and Ram Pickups under the exacting leadership of Ross and Ann and also later welcoming their daughter Emma into the business.
There is now 20+ male and female employees working in our company with many of them completing their electrical and mechanical apprenticeship.
Till next month………..