The legend of the 1979 Dodge D150 Lil' Red Express is a true
outlaw. It brought extra power to the streets by being a muscle car
in a pickup package. Today that legacy is celebrated with a
restored example that has all the best original details, and even
more power from its enhanced V8.
This is one of the boldest factory packages to ever hit the
streets. Dodge was building a pickup for muscle car fans, and so
they wanted it to have some flair. It starts with Bright Canyon Red
paint and full gold tape stripe package. All that gold also looked
good against all the wood bolted to the side of the bed. Bright
chrome bumpers, a bright chrome grille, and a set of Cragar racing
wheels make this look like a true American classic. But of course,
the piece of bright work we all love the most are the vertical
exhaust stacks. It lets you know this truck was made for hauling
asphalt. The Lil' Red Express was basically exploiting a loophole,
which meant it was only offered for a two years total. 1979 was the
final year, and they produced around 5,120 examples. So this pickup
is both bold and rare.
Inside, black always looks great against red muscle cars, and so it
has just as much appeal in a truck. Plus, the split bench has a
fold-down armrest that gives you and your passenger bucket
seat-style comfort. You'll slip behind the classic Mopar "Tuff"
three-spoke sports steering wheel (a feature not found in all
'79s.) Beyond that is the classic driver-oriented dash with all the
essential controls at your fingertips - including an upgraded
AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo. We know you'll want to be driving with
the windows down all the time to listen to those vertical stacks.
But just in case you need a little extra breeze, this truck comes
with provisions for air conditioning.
Because the story of the Lil' Red Express has so much to do with
the motor, we know you'll be lifting the hood everywhere you go.
That's why it's great to see such a fantastically clean
presentation. The date codes on the V8 even point to all signs of
an original motor. But what you're really going to love is the
performance investment in the engine. The 360 V8 was restored by
Keith Black Racing with a bored .30 over kit, including new rings,
rods, and main bearings. Plus, this one is topped with a Holley
Sniper EFI system and finishes with Hooker headers for that extra
kick of performance. And yes, those vertical exhaust stacks really
do give this a unique high-rise, high-performance soundtrack. More
than just a mean V8, the whole presentation looks great. As you
look at the undercarriage photos, you'll notice it's even quite
bold and tidy, too. While you're under there don't forget to check
out the great driving features like the thick front sway bar,
Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and
front disc brakes.
This is the bright pickup that's had investments in all the right
places. So if you're ready to be the outlaw, give us a call