It's not just that you're looking at a rarely-seen 1956 Dodge C3
pickup; it's also that this one has all the best stuff you want in
a modern classic. After all, the patina look is red-hot right now.
But even if another one of those customs arrives at the car show,
they likely won't have a Mercedes turbo diesel power under the
This classic Job-Rated Dodge has an awesome total appearance. The
bold green faded into patina has the right hint of rat rod style.
But the fact that it is sealed in with a shiny clearcoat really
tells the full story of a more thoughtful custom. In fact, you see
more well-planned pieces, like the way the cream white roof goes
with the bumpers and grille. They raised the bed so they could
lower the suspension, and at the same time, they made sure to give
you plenty of glossy real wood back there. And those black steel
wheels are pure street-machine cool. So this one instantly fits in
with both the vintage and new custom scenes.
The interior keeps the classic truck details like the symmetrical
steel dash and the wraparound rear window that let in plenty of
light. But you can also see they gave you some nice upgrades for a
cruiser kind of pickup. It includes nice carpeting/insulation and a
split bench that gives you bucket-like comfort with the fold-down
armrest. The upgraded wood-rimmed steering wheel is on a tilt
column. This gives you a clear view to the gauge package, and if
you know Mercedes-Benzs, then those dials give you a big clue to
the upgrade under the hood.
Under the butterfly hood is a truly distinct upgrade. However, the
Mercedes 3.0-liter turbodiesel has an industrial attractiveness
that looks correct under the hood of this pickup. The OM617-series
motor is part of the era that made Mercedes diesel motors the true
high mileage kings. They have one of the best reputations for
robustness in the industry, and this unit seen here was one of the
most powerful versions they ever offered for the series. These have
never been speed demons, but you already knew that. Their true
value is that this was built to be an effortless cruiser. That's
why this also has an updated suspension, front disc brakes, power
steering, and a three-speed automatic transmission.
This is a rarely-seen Dodge that really maximizes its robust style.
It makes for a terrific custom that you'll love to show and drive.
1956 Dodge Pickup
Location:Concord, North Carolina
Exterior Color:Green Patina
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