With single family ownership from new, this brightly finished Dodge pickup is almost too nice to be a truck. When we think of trucks, we think of workhorses and tools, not bright turquoise show vehicles, but this one is nice enough that you'll probably think twice about throwing a load of lumber in the bed. Dodge was due to give its trucks a major facelift in 1955, so for fans of the early post-war styling of this D100, here's your opportunity to pick up the last of the breed. The turquoise finish is pure 1950s cool and has a lovely shine to it, and was applied over some very straight bodywork. The Dodge trucks were technologically ahead of their Ford and Chevy competition, with the faired-in front fenders that blended into the doors, and a relocated front axle that helped increase the Dodge's payload capacity, and it gives the D100 a very unique, functional look. Of course, being a truck, there's not much chrome, with most of the trim items being painted off-white, including the grille, bumpers, and headlight trim rings. The refinished oak bed shows some signs of load-carrying, but remains in great condition.
The simple bench seat interior has been reupholstered in matching turquoise and white vinyl, and there's plenty of room for three abreast seating inside the bright cab. The simple metal dash is painted to match the body, and the basic gauge cluster ahead of the driver delivers basic information. The 3-speed transmission offers fingertip shifting on the steering column, and you can tell from the symmetrical design of the dashboard that both left- and right-hand drive models were intended. There's no radio, but an under-dash heater was a smart option. A simple rubber floor mat makes maintenance as easy as hosing it out after a day in the fields, but I think this truck's working days are over.
The standard engine in half-ton Dodge pickups was the rugged and anvil-reliable 218 cubic inch flathead six, which in 1954 made an even 100 horsepower. Given the gearing and intended use of the trucks, it was an excellent choice, with durable internals that could work all day every day, and simple fuel and ignition systems that would practically run underwater. Aside from fresh paint on the firewall to match the body, the engine in this pickup seems highly original, and its current condition suggests that it actually led an easy life in a dry climate. Regular maintenance seems to have been part of the owner's recipe for longevity, and it spins to life easily and drives as it should. The brakes work well, the transmission shifts easily, and the ride is surprisingly comfortable given its age. Newer wide whitewall tires have been fitted, giving the truck a little extra flash.
Handsome, reliable, and fun, this one-owner truck is a great way to enjoy the old car hobby for not a lot of cash. Call today!
This vehicle is located in our Atlanta, GA showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.