Desirable D100: 1978 Dodge Warlock 360/Auto – SOLD!

by | Oct 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

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October 31, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

October 18, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The Pictures, description, and $25,000 asking price remain the same.

September 23, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The Pictures, description, and $25,000 asking price remain the same.

Ask most vintage truck enthusiasts to name a famous muscle truck, and most will recall Dodge’s famous Lil’ Red Wagon.  Less known is the Warlock Special Edition. What started as a car show concept vehicle generated so much buzz that Dodge offered the appearance package from 1976 to 1979. Unlike the Lil’ Red Wagon, Dodge offered the Warlock on both D100 (2WD) and W100 (4WD) pickups and with any available engine, from the standard Slant 6 to the 360 V8.  Options included 5-spoke wheels, bucket seats, tinted glass, bright rear bumper, and power steering.

This 37.8K-mile 1978 Dodge D100 Warlock pickup for sale, first spotted in September 2023 on Craigslist in Los Angeles, appears to be a low-mileage example featuring the desirable 360 cubic inch V8 and bucket seats.  A mildly modified example, this Dodge Warlock for sale now features an aftermarket Vintage Air AC system as well as a true dual exhaust.

Last offered for $25,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is above this guide’s five-month rolling results trend for all Dodge Warlocks produced between 1976 and 1979. We note that the lack of sales over this time frame greatly indicates just how rare these trucks are today.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $21,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $32,850 after adding in a fifty percent premium for both the Warlock package (40%) and the 360 cubic inch V8 (10%).

The 1978 Dodge Warlock pickup truck was a distinctive and eye-catching vehicle produced by Dodge as part of their “Adult Toys” line of trucks during the late 1970s. This series of trucks aimed to appeal to a younger, more adventurous audience by offering unique styling and customization options. The Warlock, in particular, was known for its bold and unconventional appearance.

The 1978 Dodge Warlock featured a regular cab configuration with a short bed. A vivid and attention-grabbing appearance characterized its exterior styling.  One of the most notable features of the Warlock was its vibrant paint schemes, often in bold and unconventional colors, such as dark purple, black, or deep red. Gold pinstriping and decals complemented these colors, giving the truck a distinctive look.  The front end of the Warlock typically featured a bold and angular grille, sometimes accented by chrome or gold accents.  Customized wheels, tires, and flared fenders contributed to the truck’s aggressive stance.

Inside the cabin, the 1978 Dodge Warlock was relatively basic but offered some unique features.  The seats were often covered in plush cloth or vinyl upholstery with distinctive patterns, and the cabin could be equipped with amenities like air conditioning and upgraded audio systems. A “Tuff” steering wheel with a unique design added to the truck’s sporty appearance.

The Warlock had various engine options, including V8 engines, such as the 318 cubic-inch (5.2L) or 360 cubic-inch (5.9L) powerplants.  These engines provided ample power and torque, making the Warlock a capable pickup for its time.  Depending on the buyer’s preference, transmission options included automatic and manual transmissions.

One of the standout features of the 1978 Dodge Warlock was the opportunity for customization. Buyers could choose from various optional accessories and upgrades to make their Warlock unique.  Some popular customization options included bed-mounted roll bars, chrome side steps, sunroofs, and upgraded exhaust systems.  The truck’s bed often had a customized appearance, sometimes featuring wooden panels and additional pinstriping.

The Dodge Warlock gained a cult following among truck enthusiasts and collectors due to its distinctive appearance and limited production numbers.  Today, well-preserved and restored Warlock pickups are considered rare and can be sought-after by collectors.  The 1978 Dodge Warlock pickup truck remains an iconic example of the unique and unconventional styling trends of the late 1970s, and it continues to hold a special place in automotive history as part of Dodge’s “Adult Toys” lineup.

The Auto Chronicles YouTube Channel provides this classic 1977 “Adult Toys By Dodge” commercial:

The fact this 1978 Dodge D100 Warlock for sale is the first we’ve ever featured on GuysWithRides gives a glimpse of how rare these trucks are.  Not only is this Warlock a low-mileage example with the desirable 360 cubic inch V8, the pictures of the undercarriage confirm it to be a rust-free California example.

If you are serious about buying this Dodge Warlock for sale, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their rare D100 featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Rare 1978 Dodge warlock in excellent condition.
Original 360 engine
727 automatic transmission
Disc brakes Power brakes
Power steering
Vintage Air
Solid no rust immaculate floors
Clean California title”

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