5 Window: 1968 Dodge A100 Pickup

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It’s hard to imagine there was a pick-up truck war brewing in the 60s that featured single cab designs with low loading floors and beds out back. But with compact cargo carriers like the Corvair Rampside and Ford Econoline racking up sales, Dodge set out to get a peice of the action with trucks like this ’68 A100 Forward Control here on eBay. This example is a rare 5-window version that will need some work to return to hauling duties.

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Despite looking a bit rough around the edges, this A100 runs and drives but will require some brake system troubleshooting. Rust is said to be minimal and contained to the lower sill behind the driver’s door (visible in this photo). Not much else is said about the truck’s history other than the mention of its distinctive window configuration, but more info may be needed to kick-start a listing with a $4,000 opening bid.

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The interior looks pretty rough, with some old towels being used as seat cushions. New seat upholstery will definitely be needed, but if the slant six and automatic transmission remain in usable condition, throwing some money at the interior doesn’t seem unreasonable. The seller says in one of the bidder questions that he has driven the truck daily but that the brakes are “scary.”

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Only a face a mother could love? The A100 certainly isn’t the prettiest face in the crowd, but the 5-window design is attractive – though it doesn’t come close to giving the 21-window VW Buses a run for their money. But that’s not what this Dodge was about, since it was answering a challenge from the VW work vans and offerings from Chevy and Ford. Which would you choose and why?

 

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Comments

  1. Bill

    My Dad had a Corvair van for his work. It was always a little unnerving riding so close to the front bumper. I’ve always had an affinity for these types of trucks. A simpler time. This one deserves a restoration.

  2. Fred

    When I think of the A100, one image comes to mind…

    • JW

      Fred you nailed , I had a 61 or 62 Econoline 1/4 ton truck similar to this one, same rust red color but I had to keep heating the kingpins with a torch to get them to take grease otherwise it was a bear to steer. Mine was in much nicer shape but this was in the early 80’s.

    • skloon

      Came here to mention left happy

    • Rando

      Awwww you beat me to it!

    • The Walrus

      I’m not sure whether the pickups had this option, but some of the vans could apparently talk and start businesses.

  3. Rick

    Build a LRW tribute, already has a red interior

  4. Tim

    If you would like to see the ORIGINAL or one of the original “Little Red Wagons”, go down to “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ museum in Gainesville FL. right on Interstate 75. He has one sitting just inside the museum doors standing up on the rear wheels. BTW, the rest of his collection is well worth the visit, oh, and plan on staying for a while cause his collection is BIG and AWESOME!!!!

    • JW

      Been there Tim and you are correct it is well worth the visit !!!

    • Clint

      I spent 5 hours there and felt like I could have spent more. I loved the Hemi Dodge 4 door detectives car (66 Coronet, I believe). If you are into Hemi’s and Flatheads; Don Garlits museum is heaven on earth.

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