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426 V8 Power! 1965 Dodge A100

Fans of the wheel-standing Little Red Wagon or any super-crazy in-your-face classic will appreciate this similarly-engineered and equally insane pickup. The 1965 Dodge A100 pickup in Valparaiso, Indiana is ready to blast out of the cornfield and into your garage. Seeking a new owner here on Hemmings, the bright red pickup not only cosmetically resembles the Little Red Wagon, but the 426 Street Wedge V8 mounted in the bed runs “very strong,” according to the seller. If you’re bored of your current fleet, a mere $12,000 will spice things up with this red hot pepper of a truck.

Before everyone had to have a Hemi’ the 426 cid (7.0L) Max Wedge V8 tore up drag strips in cars like the lightweight Dodge Coronet and Plymouth’s Belvedere.  This Street Wedge was not as radical, but we might assume this one is built with more power than stock. “Just havin’ fun” summarizes a vehicle like this. Some people are happy to let others enjoy the impractical, and some relish creating things just for fun. My mother used to tell me “Life is short, so why not cut up an old cab-over pickup truck and jam a giant engine in the back?” Well, I might be embellishing a bit, but it was something like that. Still, for a monthly payment lower than some people’s golf habit, where are you going to find more fun than this radical A100?

Let’s face it. Even if you’re just cruising around, wheelie bars announce to the world “Yo; I ain’t playin’.” With what must be one of the world’s shortest drive shafts, I’m guessing rear suspension travel is extremely limited. Check out the original Little Red Wagon in action here on YouTube.

Though the seller wisely ignores any mention of the vehicle’s wheel-standing ability, a trained pilot in a safe situation may well explore the limits of this Dodge, at their own risk of course. Some people are content to stand by and watch things happen. If cars make a statement about the driver, this Dodge clearly lands its owner in the category of those who make things happen. Do you simply admire people who build the craziest car on the block, or are you the one driving it? What’s the craziest vehicle you’ve thought about owning?


  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    Valparaiso,Indiana – that’s the home of Oroville Redenbocker!

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      So he went from poppin’ wheelies to poppin’ corn??
      Just gotta go where the money is I suppose…

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    • Allen L

      On the bottom of the truck reads “FOE 4170 White Cloud.”
      Which is the Fraternal Order of Eagles, branch 4170 in White Cloud Michigan, so this truck’s been around at least two States.

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  2. Allen L

    It appears to have fake fuel injection, looks like a carb under the chrome “intake.”

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    • Allen L

      I’ll take the 1975 Malibu in the background, if it’s a 2dr, with swivel buckets. (Mine was dark green, bought new.)

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  3. Courtney

    You need you eyes checked those are throttle bodies.

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    • Allen L

      Why would it have a standard intake mounted under the injection stacks? They are faker than a three dollar bill.

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  4. Troy s

    Is the original Little Red Wagon still around? I tell ya, those guys were crazier than the wild machines they drove, kinda drove I guess. Or those altered wheel base A/ FX mopars.
    No thanks, neat wagon and all but….no.

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    • Punkindave

      At the Don Garlits museum in Ocala Florida

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  5. EPO3

    Oh hell yeah I would drive that little Red Wagon to CHURCH

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  6. Steve R

    It’s carbureted. Look closely at picture #6, you can see the bottom of a Holley float bowl and the dual feed fuel line.

    Steve R

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    • Allen L

      Thank-you for backing up my earlier post.

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  7. bobhess bobhess Member

    Have seen the rig at Garlit’s museum. Nothing about it makes me want to drive it but it’s quite a piece of history. Don’t miss a chance to go to that museum. It’s two or three museums in one and really done up right.

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  8. Jay E. Member

    Sure doesn’t look like a 426 Hemi to me…

    • Bellingham Fred

      You are right. Re-read the story. It is a 426 wedge.

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      It is not a hemi.

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  9. 1Ronald

    Ruined it.

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  10. Frank D

    Attention getter! Slam the brakes on and it will surely grab more peoples attention. Pretty cool throw a little more money at and its a fun pickup. Reminds me of the Ford Econ trucks or Corvair pickups.

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  11. Roger

    Bill Maverick Golden , the original wheel stander died a few years back . heck of a nice man my son and I had the pleasure of meeting him in NH. where my boy pulled Bill out on the track with his street legal A100

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  12. Carbuzzard Member

    The real wheelstanders had a hole cut in the floor so the driver could see where he was going. They were steered with a fiddle brake, with a lever that would apply the brake on one rear wheel or the other to control where the vehicle was going.

    The fun part was that the driver had to let go of that lever to shift gears with the same hand. Brave…or crazy?

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  13. Michael Young

    Wish they had pics of the inside. May like to try to get it

  14. Mark Brunsen

    Did anyone actually HAUL anything in an A100? It is a truck after all….sorta.

    • Michael Young

      Yep In that one you hauled BUTT

  15. Jersey Jay

    My late friend built a drag race only Econoline pick up with L88 power. It still sits in his garage.
    It was never intended to wheelie.
    That D100 is a “Mock” wheelie truck. Only way its front wheels will ever get off the ground is with a jack.

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