As the forebearer to today’s Dodge Ram, the Dodge D200 pickup was an innovative platform in its day, serving as a test-bed for features not often found in a truck. Fittingly, today’s Ram brand has endeavored to make the modern Ram pickup one of the most luxurious and feature-rich trucks on the road. This 1963 “Sweptline” here on craigslist may be simple by comparison, but with only 24,000 miles, it remains an appealing survivor.
From using an alternator instead of a generator to the introduction of the crew cab body design, modern truck owners owe a tip of the hat to the Sweptline. Although this particular example sports a manual transmission, the D-Series trucks of the era also introduced a new 4-speed automatic, a novelty for the day considering many vehicles still relied on units with fewer gears. The interior of this example looks tidy, and in line with the mileage.
Fitted with a six cylinder, this is most likely the standard-issue 225 pushing out about 140 b.h.p. This era of Dodge’s most versatile truck also featured the introduction of another “first” for truck owners: a hopped up version, known as the Custom Sports Special, which allowed shoppers to check a box for a variety of performance enhancements executed via visual and mechanical upgrades. Not for this example, though – it’s just a straight-up working truck.
With no rust and an impressive list of recent maintenance items addressed, this D200 looks like it’s ready to roll. A new water pump, fuel pump, valve job, wheel cylinders and a master cylinder are included on the list of recent repairs. The tires are still original, however, so you’ll want to replace them on this low-mileage specimen. For $7,400, this isn’t the cheapest D200 out there, but it may be one of the cleanest.