K-Car Ute: 1983 Dodge Rampage – Sold!
Chrysler’s monumental turn-around in the early 1980s was largely due to Lee Iaccoca’s strategy to offer as many K-Car variants as possible to keep costs low. The 1983 Dodge Rampage listed on Craigslist in Clarksboro, New Jersey for $2,850 or best offer is a prime example. A quick check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s asking price is slightly higher than the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,100, $2,000, and $2,750, respectively so you can leverage this information to make your best offer.
Produced only three model years (1982 through 1984), the Dodge Rampage was a stylish coupe utility (“UTE”) based on Chrysler’s compact L-Body front-wheel-drive platform shared with the Dodge Omni 024/Charger hatchback. The Rampage borrowed the car’s unibody construction and the front fascia from the sporty 024/Charger. Rampages relied on the the front suspension from the Omni/Horizon with coil struts and a link-less sway bar up front; a beam axle supported by leaf springs supported the bed. Available initially with only the ubiquitous Chrysler built and designed 2.2 liter inline four cylinder producing only 96 horsepower connected to either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic, performance was leisurely at best.
We like these Rampages as they not only make a more stylish alternative to Volkswagen’s Rabbit Caddy, the variety of performance parts to hop up the 2.2 liter (this engine came with a turbocharged variant and Carroll Shelby’s company developed a lot of performance parts as well) make this driver quality truck a potential sleeper. While not a dealer per se, we get a vibe from the pictures this may be a mechanic doing a flip on found car, so interview them more to confirm they have the history. We do agree with the seller’s assessment this is a great, inexpensive way to play with a classic car, especially as its RADwood eligible. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1983 dodge rampage great shape for her age total time capsule great fun inexpensive way to play with a classic car Money maker. 4 bran new tires new head gasket and timing belt 2.2 automatic and air. 2850.00 or best offer 856 577 6435 please call No scamers I won’t answer emails. Call only“
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