5k Flash: Trailer Queen: 1974 Dodge D-100 Pickup
It isn’t often that you see pickup trucks being towed around on trailers, but this 1974 Dodge D-100 Pickup is being offered for sale in Harrisburg, IL for $7,000 as a 46k miles documented time capsule. The seller claims that its original 225 cubic inch slant-6 and automatic transmission are in near mint condition and while we scratch our heads at the idea of a low option ‘collector’ pickup…we are certain others will say “hey – that’s cool”. Tip from the original DT tipster, Scot.
~ there wasn't anything really special about the truck 'cept the condition and miles. but think of the price of a new Ram. and consider working on one or the other on the driveway.
Especially with a 6-banger! You could crawl in there with a drop light and have enough room left over to close the hood. Nice, comfortable, and dry place to work 🙂
Neat time capsule, but one of the least likely (or appealing) trucks to put in that time capsule. Not much utility here either – the configuration and the value-tied-up-in-not-actually-using-it proposition pretty much nix that. So what exactly is the point?
~ that's valid. if i owned it i'd use the hell out of it. nice condition, low mileage, reasonable price, be damned. this is a mule with lots of years left. some may think about preserving it as-is, but i feel it should be made to earn it's keep. ten more years, ten or fifteen thousand added miles, proper maintenance, who knows the value at that point. $7000 is strong, however a better deal might be made.
I tend to agree with Scot…why not use it at that price? Probably never going to be uber valuable anyways but that's what's cool. Eight years ago I picked up an almost mint '86 4wd Hilux and have used it like a work truck ever since. I maintain it per the factory schedule and did an engine rebuild last year with OE parts. But I never hesitate to take it on a parts run, throw a motorcycle or engine in the bed, or offroading in the desert. Perfectly utilitarian but a classic in its own right. Just protect the bed and keep it away from salt & fog…
~ precisely right, Chris. i don't know the miles or the money on your Toyo, but i doubt you'll ever wear it out. when looked after, it really can't ever lose it's utility value. $4.5 to $6k beats the hell out of spending $2 to 3000+/- every 2 or so years for a 20 year old, semi-shot F-150 or Silverado. that may seem like a bunch of variables, but still an easy decision.
$2100 purchase price from the original family owners at ~170k miles. Values have risen significantly on clean older Toyotas since then, but it has been the most trouble free vehicle I've owned. The engine rebuild was not 100% necessary but it was tired and letting the truck down compared to the overall condition. I probably have $6k into it by now, but I know I could get that back out of it without much drama. If you can live with a tiny cab and a bumpy ride, it's a great little workhorse.
A Ram Dealer might pay a little bit of a premium to put a super clean 40 yr. old truck into daily service and occasional parade use as a rolling ad.
Good call. If the Seattle Police Dep't can press a '70 Plymouth patrol car back into service, why couldn't a Ram dealer use this truck as a parts runner?
Thanks for the link, Chris. Great story there. Unfortunately, this D-100 would likely get pretty beat up pretty quickly as a parts runner…
Ok, maybe it could be a pillow runner? Popcorn / marshmallow delivery truck?
Even if we ignore Leno's adage of buying a car (ok truck) in #1 condition and driving it down to a #4 so that the next guy can start the process all over again, the cost of this vs. cost of new is why we all buy used anyway. Besides, a business would write it down for taxes anyway. I think it would be more fun to see how much abuse it could take until it HAS to be retired!! Nothing looks better totally beat up…than an old pickup!! (unless its the guy who dares to mistreat Sonny Corleone's sister)