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What’s Your Missed Opportunity?

Posted in Dodge, Domestic Rides, muscle cars, Popular Cars, Rides by MrAngry | June 26th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck

Have you ever had the opportunity to purchase one of your dream cars, but for whatever reason, you passed on it? This happened to me about 7 years ago and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. Now while most people think of dream cars in terms of something exotic, I tend to go a little more blue collar… you know, like Dodge. You see Dodge, while not the greatest cars on the road, have always been innovators in terms of style and design. For years they’ve flipped the bird to conventional thinking while giving us some of the most outrageous and ridiculous cars the road has ever seen. Take for instance, the 1969 Dodge Daytona, a car that was 21-feet long with a 2-foot nosecone up front and a 4-foot wing in the rear. It was outrageous, but necessary as Dodge needed street going versions in order run their winged wonders in Nascar. Fast forward now to 1992 and the debut of the Dodge Viper, a car that paid homage to the Shelby Cobra’s of yesteryear. It had a 400 hp V10, had no door handles or windows, and was the equivalent of driving a modified ox-cart with a Saturn Five rocket strapped to its ass. Other cars like the hot-rodded, yet under powered Plymouth Prowler and retro PT Cruiser are other examples of Dodge’s willingness to think outside the box.

1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck
*Photo Credit: Hemmings.com

For me though, one vehicle that I’ve always lusted after was Dodge’s Li’l Red Express Truck that was built from 1978 to 1979. Based on a D150 pickup and equipped with a stout 360 C.I. V8 topped with a four-barrel carburetor, the 1978 Li’l Red Express was (believe it or not) the fastest American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH according to Car & Driver Magazine. Clad in red paint with a step-side bed, big-rig dual snorkel exhaust pipes and beautiful varnished wood in the rear, the Li’l Red Express was nothing short of awesome in a hopped up “look at me” package. I missed a great chance to pick one of these babies up some time ago, but unfortunately circumstance kept this little beastie out of my hands. Regardless though, the search will continue until I have the right one nestled safely in my garage next to my 1968 Dodge Charger and 1969 Dodge Daytona.

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7 Responses

  1. PFULMTL says:

    When I first started getting into cars when I was 16, I fell in love with rally cars. One of the few you could find in the US in 2000 was the Subaru Impreza 2.RS. Back then, when I was 18 I think, I found a 1998 2.5RS with a 2000 engine and I was kinda upset because I couldn’t afford it working part time.
    I failed to buy it a second time when I saw one in the paper for sale. When I asked my cuzin to go bring me to the dealership to get it, it was already sold. Guy at dealership was like “we have Eclipses and Integras”, I just left.
    I almost started to give up until earlier this year I was ready for a new car. I saw a 1999 2.5RS on sale with 60K original miles. I immediately called the dealership and it was already sold. Getting pretty frustrated, I was about to give up buying one and started to look in other states and just ship one here.

    But, sigh, I think I’ve given up on it for sure :( about to pick up a new Impreza in the coming months.

  2. djrosa says:

    JDM version of a 98 impreza STI 22B

    Audi S2 sedan breathed on by swedish tuner Dahlb├Ąck (if you dont know of him youtube Dahlb├Ąck Golf)

    mitsubishi galant/legnum VR4

    Dodge a100 in babyblue and cream white.

    all but the dodge passed up cuz i didnt think i had enough of a job stability for the loan (got them all aproved but its not nice to have loan on a 20-30 k $ and no job. and the a100 a had to pass up since i was moving to norway and wouldnt have time to fix it up

    • Brad Pittman says:

      djrosa I am looking at a VR4 at this very moment across the street at my neighbors house. Solid car with what appears to be low exclusively adult miles. Unfortunately, it’s not for sale. Yes I have asked. LOL. Nice lady is storing it for her son in the military. He’s a lifer in the Navy and almost always blue side driving boats. I’m looking forward to him getting some leave and at least taking my for a ride in it.

  3. Canrith says:

    2006 Lotus Exige in krypton green. Missed buying it by a few hours difference.

    And a 2002 T/A with an ls7 that needed a bit of transmission work. Wasn’t sure whether to get a project car, or just get a new car with a warranty. Sensibilities won out.

    I still wonder what I could have done with both of those cars.

  4. 68SportFury says:

    ’67 Dodge Coronet R/T convertible for $5000 in Indiana in the January 1994 Hemmings. Took the mag home intending to call over the weekend.
    It snowed. I spent the weekend shoveling.
    Called on Monday and it was sold. And so was the ’68 R/T ‘vert from the same seller in the same issue. He told me he’d taken them in trade for a Shelby Mustang and, since he wasn’t a Mopar guy, had just looked at Coronet ragtop prices and set his accordingly.
    Those were decent 318 Coronet 500 prices at the time. For R/T’s, they were giveaways.
    Then there was the $800 ’66 Coronet 500 ‘vert with a 361 that I had to pass on because of a temporary job situation which resolved the week after the car sold to someone else…

  5. Brad Pittman says:

    Well I will hopefully have the opportunity to buy the Evo X spanking new in blue off the lot with lesst than 5 miles before they are completely gone along with some juicy aftermarket goodies. I This is a have to have car for me. No question about it. I almost bought it last year but a job change and a decision not to make it a DD killed that opportunity. I’ve been looking for a Hurst ’79 Cutlass Calais as a GT project but haven’t found the right one. I don’t want to have to do a rotis resto for rust on one. I have my Opel GT but I need to get off my ass and get started on it. I always have about 5 projects rattling around in my head but it seems that life and particularly female entanglements always slow my progress. It looks like celibacy and a short sale on this enormous domocile will be the only path to automotive nirvana.

  6. chargerdrive says:

    when i was about 10 years old i remembered seeing the 1969 dodge charger for the first time and i fell istantly in love with the car. i thought it was the greatest looking car i had ever seen and i wanted one when i grew up and so i raved on and on about the car to my father ever christmas and bitrthday i had. it was the very thing i asked for every time and all i wanted was that i didnt care what condition,even withot a motor or without anything. just the body i wouldve been happy with. i will be turning 16 soon and i still dream of having this car and once when i was probably 12 i seen one near where i lived and i asked my dad if he knew the guy who owned it and he had but he never tried to ask about buying the car and i wish he wouldve. when i was 14 he bought me a 1974 dodge charger i had seen at a gas station that i mentioned and it was orange like general lee,i wish i could drive it but sadly its sitting in our yard not starting and wrecked and would need alot of work but dont have the time or money.