5k: Midget Trucker: 1983 Dodge Rampage
The Dodge Rampage was a short lived (1982-1984) sub-compact sport utility pickup based on the Dodge Omni/Charger/Horizon/Turismo/Scamp platform. It isn’t exactly a car that will get you a front row parking spot at a club in Beverly Hills, but it’ll get lots of attention at central California Cars & Coffee. Find this 1983 Dodge Rampage here on craigslist, offered for $6,300 in Escalon, CA.
Unfortunately, the Rampage never got the Shelby treatment like its Omni and Charger cousins, and the little ute you see here is powered by a wheezy 2.2 liter inline-4 rated at 96 horsepower. Even with the 5-speed manual gearbox it is going to be slow — and power goes to the front wheels, so don’t expect it to be fun in the turns either.
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SIX THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS?
You are kidding, right?
Okay, it's a snapshot of '80s history, and somewhat useful as a driver if you have a source for parts, but that's money that'll buy something interesting if you shop around.
mrkwong's take: clean, rustfree generic Detroit crap is worth six thousand three hundred dollars only if it's rear-drive and pre-smog.