This captive-import is a 1987 Dodge Ram 50 pickup and it looks like a good little work truck, if a person doesn’t need a huge, beefy truck, that is. It’s listed on eBay with an unmet opening bid of $750. It’s located in Centerville, Utah, just north of Salt Lake City.
This is a one-owner truck and it has a few dings and some surface rust, but it looks like a solid little thing. It would be perfect for someone who just needs a light-duty truck and doesn’t want to worry about scratching it. The bed has seen its share of use over the last 30 years but has a lot of life left in it.
The seller says that it has no real rust at all and it sure looks solid. I can’t tell if some of it has been repainted or not, parts of it look like almost like new whereas other parts show their age. This was the seller’s father-in-law’s truck and is a second-generation Dodge Ram 50, made by Mitsubishi. 1987 was when Dodge debuted its new mid-sized Dakota but the Ram 50 continued to be offered by Dodge until 1994. The Mitsubishi Mighty Max was also sold in the US at the time and it soldiered on until 1996.
The interior looks good, maybe other than the blue seat covers. After more than 242,000 miles there will be some work to do here if the next owner wanted to clean things up a bit. Not having any dash cracks or really too many glaring problems at all inside really make this an appealing truck to me. It’s about as cheap as anything that you’ll find, and the 5-speed makes for 75 mph cruising, according to the seller who drove it from Boise, Idaho to Salt Lake City with no problems what so ever.
This may be the best part of this truck, a fully-rebuilt engine about 11,000 miles ago. This is Mitsubishi’s 2.0L inline-four with around 92 hp. The seller’s father-in-law spent $3,400+ on this rebuild and it runs and drives great. This would be more than enough truck for my needs, does anyone else like these small pickups or do you need a full-sized truck?