For Sale: 1996 Dodge Ram in Lutz, Florida

Vehicle Description

Custom builds like this are rarely so affordable. But this 1996 Dodge Ram has been converted into a Ramcharger-style SUV. And while the body is impressive, the V8 power, overdrive transmission, and loaded leather interior mean this unique Dodge is also quite a nice cruiser.

This custom rectifies a decades-long mistake. The new Ram was still pretty fresh on the market when this later 1995 build was made. It had a revolutionary big rig kind of style that we all knew would become a true classic. But Dodge didn't update the full lineup and never gave us a Ramcharger version. Not only does this custom correct that history (with at least one example) but it also turns the desirability up a notch. A full body kit, deleted badging, and three-spoke alloys have the right look for those custom cruisers we had in the 1990s. And the red and silver two-tone is a terrific premium touch. Those who really know Mopars might see some resemblance to the Ramchargers made for Mexico and areas further south. But while those incorporate minivan components in the rear, this is a custom build from a 1500-series truck. So you get what's arguably a nicer profile, and the unique tailgate means no one thinks it's a Caravan from behind. And what we like most of all is that at its heart, it still loves to be a useful SUV. That means a true driver-quality style and even a tow hitch. So this custom truck can haul your other custom cars.

The interior is another reason why this is such a useful custom. It's a loaded setup with a level of finish work that rivals a factory-built SUV. It also helps that this uses upper-level stock components whenever possible. For example, you have the Ram SLT's leather front seat. It's wide, comfy, and the center folds down for a large console. Yours even power adjusts to the ideal driving position. The rear seat is roomy and also done in the same leather. It's loaded with desirable features such as a sunroof, power windows, power locks, a tilt wheel, a driver airbag, and cold-blowing air conditioning. And because this is based on a 1500-series truck, even with the short bed, you still get a ton of cargo space behind the custom rear hatch.

Another reason why we really wanted a Ramcharger is because that would mean a fuel-injected 5.9-liter Magnum V8 (larger than what was in the Bronco or Blazer of the era.) It's a fun setup where a set of headers give some nice added tune to the dual exhaust. But what you'll likely enjoy the most is the practicality. After all, the four-speed automatic transmission means highway-friendly overdrive. So you really have a custom that is ready for the open road. And of course, all the best easy driving features are already part of this package. It includes power brakes, front discs, power steering, and cruise control.

The sale comes complete with the truck owner's manual. We like that this doesn't have Ramcharger badges because while this custom fills the hole in our Mopar soul, it's much cooler than even what Dodge was likely ever to deliver. So if you want to turn heads in quite a practical package, call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1996 Dodge Ram
  • Listing ID: CC-1630124
  • Price: $25,995
  • Location:Lutz, Florida
  • Year:1996
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:Ram
  • Exterior Color:Flame Red
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:99245
  • Stock Number:3700-TPA
  • VIN:1B7HC16Z7TS517407
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Tampa
4610 Pet Lane
Lutz, FL 33559

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