CHASSIS NO: 1181573557
• The longest wheelbase and largest payload of the era for Dodge
• Lovely turquoise paint throughout
• An early model slab-sided truck
• $1,882 base price when new
318 cid V-8 engine, 200 HP, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 128”
1965 brought major changes to Dodge’s successful ½-ton pickups, with major restyling including a new grille and single headlamps, a bit more cab room, and a new double wall bed and full-width tailgate. Gone were rounded fenders and sculpted sides - the era of the flat-sided , streamlined pickup was in full bloom, and Dodge was increasingly more successful in this key market. By 1966, sales had jumped by 7%, pushing Dodge to 4th place in the pickup truck market. The simple beltline allowed for less chrome and brightwork, but Dodge did not skimp on the paint and design.
This truck has very nice straight bodywork throughout, with a nice clean bed with just a few honest bumps that any real truck will show. The turquoise paintwork is lovely, with painted bumpers and grille just as it left the factory. It rides on steel wheels with chrome hubcaps and modern radial tires. The glass is clean and clear, including the new curved glass windshield with restored rubber gaskets, and the consistent condition throughout gives this Dodge high marks for an honest presentation. Under the hood, a classic Dodge V-8, the 318, looks very solid and correct, and are well-known for their performance and durability throughout the Dodge line up. Power reaches the road through a three-speed manual transmission, allowing for the 1,000-pound payload out back. Pushing out 200 horsepower, these trucks are not shy for their abilities both on and off the farm.
The interior is simply lovely, with a painted dash that looks like new. The instruments and controls are all clean and correct, including the factory AM radio and heat. The two-tone vinyl upholstery is in excellent condition, with clean rubber floor mats and cool white accented door panels. It’s like a work truck wearing a three-piece suit and was no doubt a big part of the sales success Dodge enjoyed in 1966. Classic trucks are strong in the market, so don’t miss your chance to buy a very honest truck that’ll look great in any collection.