Red Ram: 1983 Dodge Ram 150 Royal SE Pickup – $1,600

Dec 2019 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Finding a decent truck for under $2,000 these days is a tall order, but finding one that appears to be as nice as this 1983 Slant Six powered Dodge Ram for only $1,600 posted over the weekend here on Craigslist in Middletown, New Jersey is practically stealing it.  A review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of these trucks to be only $945, $1,778, and $2,475, respectively so this Dodge may be one of the best truck bargains out there.  If you are serious about buying this truck, you can start the conversation by calling Danny at either
(201) 695-3005 or (732) 799-0502.

The first generation of Dodge Ram pickups introduced in 1981 was actually the final generation of rebadged D series pickups dating back to 1972. The rebadging with the “Ram” name was one of many changes put into place after Lee Iacocca took the helm of Chrysler Corporation. The rebadging included an embossed “DODGE RAM” name on the tailgate along with other subtle changes to the grille, hood, taillights, and interior. While this body style continued through to 1993 and was popular with fleets, it sold poorly compared to the more modern alternatives offered by Ford and GM.

The current caretaker indicates that while his truck has 200K original miles, the rebuilt motor and transmission have approximately 80K miles. The pictures have us wondering whether this example received a repaint at some point, so you’ll need look carefully to confirm that’s the case.  Its very possible this is just a well cared-for truck that still features its original paint.  The seat cover is a dead give-away the original is worn, however the cloth of the cover is likely more comfortable than the original vinyl.  This is the perfect truck for a Mopar enthusiast to use as their daily driver.  You’ll remember to bring a new battery along with your cash to buy this truck and drive it home.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“MUST SEE AND HEAR TO APPRECIATE !! RUST FREE SOLID STRAIGHT TRUCK. REBUILT MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION. WILL NEED A NEW BATTERY FROM SITTING BUT STARTS RIGHT UP AND RUNS WITH A JUMP START.

*200K ON BODY, MOTOR AND TRANS HAVE APPROX 80K MILES

*225 STRAIGHT 6 ENGINE / RWD

*NEW AMERICAN RACING RIMS AND TIRES

*BED LINER

*EVERYTHING WORKS!

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