1979 Dodge D100 Lil Red Express
There's nothing subtle about these rambunctious machines, with the
name emblazoned on the doors in gold decals, wood inserts on the
bed, chrome wheels and those audacious exhaust stacks. Lil' Red
Express Trucks were built to be fun to drive and to be seen
driving, rather than carry loads to the worksite.
This one owner, low mileage, babied, garage kept all original truck
is coming to us in excellent condition. The consigner states that
even the original tires are on this truck (Goodyear Flex 10's). All
original and it would give the Corvette of the same year a run for
its money with plenty of power, only tamed just a bit in 1979 with
the addition of a Catalytic converter.
Bathed in the factory original Medium Canyon Red paint, we see no
rust, no dents and little errors even to make mention of. Gold
lettering on the doors, gold pin striping throughout, and solid
wood panels tucked into everywhere but the hood, doors, and on the
fenders, and we are looking very original. Adding to the mystique
are dual exhaust stacks which work their way through the step sides
and tower to the sky next to the cab. These are nice and shiny and
are wrapped in a protective perforated metal chromed covering.
Bumpers and trim are nicely chromed and 15 x 8 chromed Chrysler
Road Wheels are on all 4 corners. The factory wood in the bed is
painted red, but did not come that way from the factory? This truck
is based on the Adventurer 150 package, and badging confirms
All nicely preserved and very clean, we note black vinyl door
panels with some wood applique, black tuck and roll seats and a
large black vinyl covered center seat/armrest that has a folding
back. Dash is all original and very clean as is steering wheel,
black carpet with embroidered in red carpeted mats, and red sprayed
A flip of the hood and we shake hands with an original mill that is
looking fabulous in its 360ci V8 format. A Thermoquad 4-barrel
carburetor feeds this engine and an A727 Torqueflite 3-speed
automatic transmission is on back. In the way back is a Dana
9-1/4-inch rear with 3.55 gears.
Nice patina, some road dirt, and no rust are working with a
straight steel frame, red boarded bed (even underneath) and red
sprayed floorpans. Power disc upfront and power drums in the rear
provide the stopping power, and independent coil spring up front
and leaf spring suspension on the rear give the ride quality one
would expect from a nice tight truck.
It says it can compete with a same year Corvette but as luck would
have it we do not have a 1979 Corvette to prove it wrong or right.
So, our test drive included a nice cruise with the occasional foot
stomping to bring it quickly up to speed. This truck handled well,
and even has nice cornering capabilities with slight body
roll...all in all the ride was pleasurable.
An all original truck with only 11,368 original miles, one owner
and in great condition. Plenty of power, lots of wood and red
paint, and gold accenting make this truly one of a kind on the
Dodge truck spectrum of offerings. Only made for 2 years, and
sporting large and in charge big rig style smoke stacks, sure to be
a classic for a long time to come on the truck front.
D1-2 Wheel Drive D100 1/2 Ton
3-Conventional Cab, Utiline
S-360ci V8 4bbl 225hp
S-Warren, MI Truck Plant #1
224110-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.