This one is a bit new for the pages of Barn Finds, but it’s so unusual and inexpensive that I couldn’t pass it up. This is a 1989 Dodge Dakota Convertible and it’s on Craigslist with an asking price of $900! And, no, the top hasn’t been left down, it was lowered to take the photos, so no worries, there aren’t any leaves inside. Or, I don’t think there are, there are no interior photos! It’s in Eatonton, Georgia, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta. The Dakota Convertible was made in 1989 and 1990 but some sources say that ASC (American Sunroof Co.) also made 8 of them in 1991. NADA lists the “low retail value” as being $2,125 and the “average value” being $3,925. There’s some room left here if a person can troubleshoot whatever problems there are with this one.
These are rare trucks, in fact they’re still the only post-war production ragtop convertible pickups made. I know, that doesn’t mean much if a person isn’t on board with the idea of a convertible pickup. Supposedly there were around 2,800 of them made in 1989 and a little over 900 of them made in 1990. This one has the automatic transmission instead of a 5-speed manual and it needs a “$75 part”, according to the seller. But, I’m guessing that it’ll need more than that to get this truck on the road again. The body looks good from the two photos that are included and the interior would have looked like this when new, I’m not sure what it looks like now. The 1989 Dakota Convertibles had a 3.9L V6 with around 125 hp and they were offered in either rear-wheel drive like this one, or four-wheel drive. This looks like a decent project for someone who is into unusual, rarely-seen pickups. It doesn’t get much more unusual than a Dakota Convertible! When was the last time you saw one of these? How’s the $900 asking price on this one, given that the “value” for a decent one is a few thousand dollars above that price?