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.
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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.