Lil’ Blu Express: 1976 Dodge D100 Utiline 1/2 Ton Pick-Up – SOLD!
March 18th Update – we received word from avid reader Lou S. who learned upon calling the seller he had already sold this truck. It just goes to show: great collector cars priced to sell go quickly! We wish the new care taker good luck with new purchase!
Dare to be different and save some money! Why spend $30K on an excellent example of a real-deal late seventies Lil’ Red Express when you can have what may be the only Lil’ Blu Express for listed yesterday in Depew, New York (Buffalo) for $7,500? Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a 360 cubic inch V8 equipped Utiline confirms this private seller has his custom D100 priced $300 above the current #3 “Good” estimate of $7,200. If you are serious about buying this cool truck, you can start the conversation by either texting or calling the seller at (716) 863-3455.
Dodge introduced its redesigned third generation D series pickup truck line for the 1972 model year with a more rounded look. Third generation trucks now featured an independent front suspension and pocketed taillights (the distinctive reverse-on-top lights were recessed to .25 in (6.4 mm) to avoid damage in loading docks and confined spaces). Styling cues, such as the scalloped hood and rounded fenderwells, were similar to the rounded, smooth look of the 1971 Plymouth Satellite. Dodge introduced the use of galvanized steel through much of the trucks body panels to resist rust and corrosion, making them very durable.
Long-time baseball fans likely recall catcher and later TV announcer Joe Garagiola who Dodge used in the mid-seventies to pitch (pun intended!) some of its products. We came across this 1976 commercial about Dodge’s entire truck line for that model year:
From its distinctive light blue paint to its chrome reverse wheels, we really like this D100 with its just-right rake. Unlike most 78-79 factory Lil Red Express pickups, this custom creation has a floor-shift manual transmission for even more fun. Other than some skull-themed details we’d swap out, we don’t think we’d change another thing other than perhaps sourcing a ’79 style dual snorkel air cleaner and perhaps aftermarket air conditioning. Unfortunately, the seller does not provide any meaty details, so you’ll need to call him to confirm what engine is under hood. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Selling a 1976 Dodge Pick Up
Lil Blu Express
Comes with Titan 4L truck cover.
Call me or text me for more details.“
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