For Sale: 1952 Dodge Power Wagon in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

By this point, it's probably become second nature to type up and scope some of the coolest classics on the planet. But, every once in a while, we like to get a little crazy and make sure you're still paying attention. Hey, a gearhead is a gearhead, right? We love ALL kinds of people movers - the more unique, the better. Remember when we showcased a cool Crosley fire engine? How about when we decided to throw you the incredible, investment grade curve ball that was our Hallett Barron Drag Boat? Well, today we're featuring something that, while not very odd, is certainly cool. So, without further ado: professionally polished, fully sorted and tough as Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, here's one of the most legendary trucks ever created!


Created at the dawn of World War II, the Power Wagon began life as an Army-exclusive carryall that was commonly referred to as the Battle Wagon. The truck's austere construction and unrivaled durability proved extremely useful when it came to transporting soldiers, towing equipment and all-terrain motoring. And eventually, circa 1946, Dodge decided to market its proven creation directly to civilians. The beneficiary of a detailed, body-off restoration that's seen limited mileage, this 1952 B-3-PW is a super solid Battle Wagon that's dressed and ready to cruise! During that freshening, the truck's clean body was sealed in a dashing combination of red and black 2-stage. And presently, that retro chic shell creates a classy, wet-look profile that mixes searing glares with smooth reflections.

In a world where 'Mall Crawlers' and an ever-escalating truck war has inspired a rash of lift kits and Medium Duty pickup conversions, this Power Wagon's rugged authenticity is as jolting as the ghost of Waylon Jennings at a Country Pop concert. That's right, all it takes is one glance at this beast to be enlightened to the reality that spawned the movement. At the front of the truck, an imperious bumper frames a large Braden winch, which fronts stainless-trimmed headlights and a tough grille that's centered beneath a buff "DODGE" script. Behind that grille, flat, military-spec fenders trace a "POWER WAGON" branded hood, which fronts red-trimmed glass that's cleared by polished wipers. Beneath that glass, textured steps balance a full-size spare tire between extended mirrors, polished door handles, a polished fuel cap and small driving lamps. And at the back of the truck, a wood bed, featured in select Dodge workhorses all the way through 1985, shades pedestal taillights, a beefy Pintle Hook and a body-matched fuel tank.


Fold the hood and you'll find 230 cubic inches of correct Chrysler T137 6-cylinder that appears to have been fully rebuilt during the recent restoration. At the top of that color-keyed mill, an oiled air cleaner feeds oxygen into a small Carter carburetor, which is seated on a web of cast manifolds. At the side of those manifolds, a factory cylinder head is wired to a traditional points distributor via 7mm Copper Cables. Cooling comes courtesy of a tall radiator, which frames a traditional pulley fan and an old school Chrysler generator. And the truck's simplistic engine compartment is clean and very well done, rounding out an otherwise impressive build.


Crawling under this rig reveals a high-riding chassis that appears largely weather-free. Power meets the pavement through a reliable 4-speed transmission, which rides between sturdy Chrysler axles. That drivetrain rolls on a factory frame, which stretches Gloss Black paint over heavy duty springs and shocks. Naturally, that frame is guided by manual steering, and stopped by manual drum brakes. Exhaust flows through aluminized pipes and a fresh muffler. And at the corners of the floor, painted Split-Rim Wheels twist Q78-16LT Interco Super Swampers.


When you pop this pickup's doors, you'll find a crisp vinyl cockpit that's full of utilitarian charm. A wide bench seat complements small door panels, contoured cab panels and a tight headliner that frames one sun visor. A body-matched dash hangs tasteful stainless around a full suite of AutoMeter telemetry. The driver feels the terrain through a large steering wheel, a long shifter for the 4-speed and short sticks for the truck's 4-wheel drive. And purposeful yet stylistic touches include polished door handles, polished window cranks, a polished cowl pull and a retro VSM 900 turn signal switch.

Ultimate trail boss, or cool cruiser that's guaranteed to start a conversation? We'll let you decide. But, either way, there's no arguing the swagger and individuality of a flat-fender Power Wagon. Well-built and tough enough to tackle any task, it's a cool hobby vehicle that's also a lot of fun. So, what are you waiting for? Step in and step up to the big leagues!


Quintessential flat-fender Power Wagon that's benefitted from a detailed, ground-up restoration

Correct 230 cubic inch Chrysler T137 6-cylinder

4-speed manual transmission

Black vinyl interior

16-inch Split-Rim Wheels with Interco Super Swamper tires

Red and black basecoat/clearcoat paint

Braden PTO winch - disconnected

Wood bed floor

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Vehicle Details

  • 1952 Dodge Power Wagon
  • Listing ID:CC-1475877
  • Price:$92,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1952
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:Power Wagon
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Odometer:33
  • Stock Number:136699
  • VIN:83928957

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RK Motors Charlotte
7600 Statesville Road
Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28269
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