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A nice small truck that’s good on gas, can haul up to 1,500 pounds, and can actually fit in your garage.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Federal Government’s 25% “Chicken Tax” in place since the Johnson Administration combined with currency exchange makes these truck uncompetitive to import here.  As these continue to get harder to find, when we came across this black and gold 1987 Dodge Ram D50 5-Speed with only 85K original miles here on Craigslist in Valley Stream, New York we knew we had to feature it. Even better is the second owner’s asking price of $2,399, which aligns nicely with the NADA Online Value Range of $1,175, $2,225, and $3,300 for “Low”, “Average”, and “High” estimates, respectively.

Mitsubishi launched its second generation mini-truck, the Mighty Max, in 1986.  Despite Chrysler launching the first generation mid-size Dodge Dakota during the same model year, the company also elected to import a badge-engineered version of the Mighty Max called the Ram 50.  This was likely due to the Ram 50 being a compact truck while the he Dakota was a mid-size. The difference in size and cost left a niche for the Dodge 50, and its cancellation may have been due more to a desire to show independence from Mitsubishi than because of any product overlap. 

The second owner states that his 85K original mile D50 is in”very good condition” and is in “complete, turn key condition.”  largely due to the original owner keeping this truck garaged.  While his truck has no rust and features an older repaint, the seller reports the factory air conditioning currently does not function. The only other issue we notice are what look like aftermarket seat covers;  you’ll need to confirm during your in-person inspection whether these continue to protect the original seat fabric or are there to hide worn buckets.  With new fluids, tires, and brake master cylinder, you can plan on driving this RADwood eligible truck home to start enjoying it.  We agree with the seller’s assertion this D50 is “Good for a collector or someone who appreciates this era of mini pickup trucks.”  Good luck with the purchase!

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