Jon Moss Signature Series RST
By: Mike Magda, Editor Posted: 01-02-06 23:01 PT
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Few people outside the performance automotive industry have heard of Jon A. Moss. So it’s a bit of a curiosity why a leading conversion company would launch a special pickup named for him. Those in the know, however, not only believe it’s a well-deserved honor but will have confidence that the vehicle is worthy of a truck enthusiast’s attention.

The Jon Moss Signature Series RST will make its formal debut at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January. Regency Conversions has already delivered a few trucks to Chevy dealers eager to start offering a classically themed, affordable performance pickup. Company officials hope to have 100 trucks built by mid-February.

The Moss signature truck is an extension of the Regency RST series of pickups that are available through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

Two years ago, Regency worked with designer Chip Foose and Moss to develop a performance package for GM pickups. Foose’s main contributions were the front and rear spoilers and the wheels while Moss focused on the performance enhancements.

Goals for the RST included low cost, improved handling and retro styling cues. As a way to continue the sales momentum and salute Moss, the 2006 RST evolved into the Jon Moss Signature Series with a single classic Chevy musclecar as the sole inspiration.

“It’s dedicated to the ’69 Camaro Indy Pace Car,” Moss quickly sums up.

The orange racing stripes on a white body are the first clues to the classic Camaro connection. The exterior is also enhanced with Foose-designed chromed alloy 20-inch wheels and P265/50-20 Goodyear Eagle RS-A performance tires. Other features include chromed door handles, billet aluminum grille and spoiler insert, color-keyed mirrors, tailgate spoiler and rear roll pan with molded exhaust opening.

All Moss signature trucks start out as basic Silverado regular cab with 4.8-liter V8 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission.

The trucks are shipped to Regency’s 250,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Regency can option power windows/lock, tilt steering, cruise control and an AM/FM/CD radio. Regency prefers the manual to emphasize the musclecar theme and keep the price low, however it’s offered only with the 4.8-liter engine. A 5.3-liter V8 with an automatic is available but adds almost $2,000 to the price tag. Once Regency finishes the conversion, the truck is shipped to the dealer.

Base-level work trucks come from GM with a 40/20/40 vinyl bench seat that has inboard seat belts, preventing Regency from swapping in bucket seats. So the Regency craftsmen reform the bench seat, add armrests and skin it in leather and ‘69 Camaro SS houndstooth-fabric. The steering wheel, passenger grab bar and door panels also get the leather treatment with baseball stitching.

Other interior features include black carpet, tinted windows, carbon-fiber-style dash trim, Camaro-like foot-pedal pads and a custom Hurst-style chromed shifter anchored with a leather boot.

The instrument panel faceplate is made from stainless steel and sets off the red illuminated gauges and needles. Moss personally signs each faceplate before installation.

So who is Jon Moss?

An imposing figure at 6-foot-7, Moss has had a hand in just about every cool vehicle to come out of General Motors in the past 20 years. His official title revolved around the special vehicle department, first at Chevy then for all of GM. But most enthusiasts know him as the celebrity boss of the “Toy Box” or just “Dr. Frankenstein.”

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