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Original 360: 1973 Dodge Power Wagon W200 4×4 Pickup

It may not be 100% original, but this 1973 Dodge W200 4×4 Pickup is a tidy vehicle that would make an ideal tow candidate or the weapon of choice for off-road adventures. It isn’t perfect, but it has no immediate needs. That means a new owner could make the most of the remaining summer weather before tackling any work as a rewarding winter project. If that sound like a winning combination, the Dodge is listed here on eBay in Laramie, Wyoming. The bidding on this Pickup has been relatively strong, pushing the price to $4,300. However, that remains short of the reserve.

For those craving an original older Pickup, the first thing to note is that this Dodge doesn’t wear its factory paint. There is evidence indicating it rolled off the line clad in Pale Green, but someone performed a color change. The paint shines nicely and has few flaws. However, there are some shortcomings for potential buyers to consider. The color change doesn’t extend to the engine bay, inner doors, or door frames. If the buyer wishes to retain the new shade, they will probably choose to repaint at least the last two areas to improve the presentation. The panels are surprisingly straight for a vehicle of this type and age, and rust appears minimal. Interestingly, it is all confined to the passenger side, suggesting that the vehicle has sat with that side exposed to the elements. It is visible above the rear wheel arch, the toolbox door, and a lower corner of the door. Otherwise, the Pickup looks rock-solid. The trim is in nice condition, but the tinted windshield might be becoming cloudy on the edges. The bigger wheels and tires aren’t original but should improve this Dodge’s off-road abilities.

For those searching for a tow vehicle, the drivetrain configuration of this Dodge makes it a prime candidate. Under the hood hides a 360ci V8 producing 170hp and 305 ft/lbs of torque. That feeds to the road via a four-speed manual transmission and a dual-range transfer case. If tackling rough terrain is on the agenda, power assistance for the steering and brakes reduce the physical effort to a comfortable level. The seller indicates they recently replaced the carburetor and fitted a new dual exhaust with an h-pipe. They provide an embedded video in their listing that features the 360 running. It sounds clean and tough, with no evidence of smoke or any nasty surprises.

The seller recently added a new seatcover and visors to this Pickup’s interior, improving its presentation significantly. It isn’t perfect, but the new owner shouldn’t feel shame being seen in public behind the wheel of this classic The door trims and floormat look nice, as does most of the dash. The glove compartment door is cracked and warped, meaning the buyer will need to hunt for a replacement. I can’t spot any apparent aftermarket additions, but it appears that a factory AM radio is the only luxury appointment.

Pickups remain strong performers in the classic market, especially 4x4s with a V8 under the hood. It is easy to understand because of their inherent versatility. The power and torque provided by a V8 can allow them to crawl across harsh terrain, while they can also carry or tow impressive loads. Those seeking complete originality may not find this 1973 Dodge W200 attractive, but it appeals enough to have attracted sixteen bids with plenty of time left on the auction. Considering its overall condition, I feel the bidding will need to nudge $10,000 before hitting the reserve. Do you agree, or do you have another figure in mind?

Comments

  1. alphasud Member

    Love the color choice it’s a shame they didn’t carry the color into the door jambs and under hood. For me that as always been my resistance to chance a color on a car. I have done several in the past but I know the amount of work and expense needed to make it happen. I’m pretty fussy about those things. To me this series of Dodge truck is my favorite. I remember when the new style came out in 1994. Thought that was the coolest design but my tastes have changed.

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  2. nlpnt

    Has anyone tried using vinyl paint on seat upholstery? That new seat upholstery needs to be green to match what’s already in there. Between that and painting the wheels white to look more in-period it needs a lot of deblackifying before even thinking of matching the new lime-gold paint inside the cab.

    Otherwise it looks to be a solid truck.

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    • Classic Steel

      I have and applying to an area used (sitting) will wear off slowly.

      I will state never ever go canoeing with sunscreen and make the mistake of making contact with dyed seats ….cover up with blankets or towels..,

      I would leave bench seat alone as sweat will affect dye and this is a work truck too..

      I like the truck and color 👍

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    • Malcontented Misanthrope

      Deblackifying🤣

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  3. RMac

    I am actually of the opposite tilt from nlpnt I would dye the door panels and dash black paint the door jams outside color and powder coat the wheels white but sweet truck fore runner to my present truck ram 2500 4c4 6.4 hemi with off road package I have an el Camino that was in Wyoming it’s whole life until driven to SC. No rust but man dirt in places you would never imagine

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  4. Denny N. Member

    Is this an actual Power Wagon? I thought PWs had a chrome logo on the front fender or on the hood bulge.

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    • Shawn

      You’re correct, it should have the badge on the lip of the bird bath hood. Maybe this one was lost or removed during the repaint? Of course it’s possible it’s not a real PW, but the seller knew throwing the name on the listing would pull in more views.

  5. RMac

    From the original color shown looks like this may have been a forest service vehicle

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