The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 130
1957 Dodge 100 Pickup

Selling on Saturday

1957 Dodge  100 Pickup

CHASSIS NO: 84290404

• First year for the 12-volt electrical system
• A legendary Virgil Exner design
• A clean and honest example you’ll love driving
• V-8 power with automatic transmission

315 cid V-8 engine, 204 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel leaf spring suspension, power drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

On the heels of Virgil Exner’s smashing success with his “Forward Look” design program, Chrysler expanded the project to include its 1957 pickups, and there is no doubt that the Dodge D100 is indeed a looker from every angle. Unfortunately, there aren’t many to gawk at anymore as research shows just over 1,000 produced in 1957. It’s the truck credited with bringing car-like styling and driving manners to Dodge dealers around the country, allowing them to gain ground on both Ford and GM.

This lovely example of Dodge’s best-selling pickup is hard to miss in the clear bright coral paint job, which was expertly applied over a straight cab with excellent panel gaps and sharp lines. A few of the typical spots on the hood are starting to polish through, but there is no corrosion apparent, and the slight patina does not detract from the truck’s good looks. The full sized eight-foot bed is also in great shape, still nicely finished inside and out. With clear glass, replaced rubber seals, and clean sharp emblems, the truck has a strong, honest look that is hard to ignore. The painted bumpers and grille are factory-correct, with painted wheels, chrome hubcaps, and modern radial whitewall tires finishing the classic looks. Slightly hooded headlamps are borrowed from the 1957 Dodge autos, and with these set in large round bezels, the ’57 Dodges were an important part of the sweeping changes in the US pickup truck market, as gradually pickup styling was becoming just as important as payload or utility. Buyers had a choice of a 120-horsepower inline-six or the 204-horsepower, 315 cubic-inch V-8 that came in this lovely truck. Mated to a three-speed, push-button automatic transmission, it’s a package that still works hard and is also capable of cruising along nicely at highway speeds.

This is an honest truck that still looks great, and with a clean and comfortable vinyl bench seat, it’s a cool and authentic ride you’ll enjoy cruising in with your friends and showing off at every opportunity.

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