Prospector Package: 1987 Dodge Ramcharger

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The Dodge Ramcharger is one of those trucks that borders on timeless. The looks alone make this rig a standout among 1980s rigs, but there’s a functionality factor that makes the Dodge a better choice than most for a classic you can use everyday. Of course, the same can be said for the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet K5 Blazer of the same vintage, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. This 1987 Ramcharger is a clean, stock Prospector edition equipped with the 360 V8 and under 80,000 original miles.

The truck is said to be largely original outside of a respray in its factory color of black with grey trim and chrome bumpers. The turbine-style wheels are a classic 80s look and appear to be in excellent condition, paired perfectly with white-letter radial tires. At the end of the day, the Prospector package didn’t add any exception features to the truck, but it did make it bit more affordable to buy it with a bunch of packages mixed in. Today, a Prospector doesn’t add a lot of value to the sale price, but clean, stock condition absolutely will. From where I’m sitting, I don’t see any obvious modifications.

Black over red, or cardinal, is a sharp look no matter the vehicle it’s found on. The seller’s truck is said to retain its original interior, which is nicely equipped as a result of the Prospector equipment group. Buyers got the Convenience package, deluxe wheel covers, a bright grille and headlight bezels, Sunscreen glass, and the Power Convenience Package, which got you power locks and windows in the front doors. The woodgrain trim around the instrument cluster is a nice touch, too. The seller claims everything works, so hopefully that extends to the air conditioning.

There are a few different numbers floating around out there for horsepower on board with the 360 in 1987, but the overall consensus seems to be 170 to 175 b.h.p. There’s a fairly strong aftermarket for the 360 as well, so finding some hop-up parts shouldn’t be a challenge. The engine under the hood of this Ramcharger looks quite clean with black plastics and rubber still presenting quite well and fluid reservoirs showing no signs of cloudiness or staining. You can find this Ramcharger here on eBay with one bid to $10,000 and the reserve unmet.

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  1. nlpnt

    FWIU the Prospector models from Dodge were spring specials akin to the Chevy Bonanzas and Ford Explorer packages, for several years in the ’70s and as can be seen here, at Dodge at least, well into the ’80s.

    For whatever reason, the car spring specials never got special nameplates or if they did it was a one-off name.

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  2. bobhess bobhessMember

    Great looking example.

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  3. John Knight

    Want this truck for my son. Totaled his last one (not his fault)

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  4. Nelson C

    Man, this looks like clean on top of clean. If you’ve been shopping you can probably stop now.

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  5. Joe Haska

    Why a great example of a Ram Charger! Now for my stupid observation ,if it were 2 Wheel Drive, I would have to have it!

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  6. Bob Bucks

    I had two Ramchargers, an 88′ and a 90′. The 88 had the 318 and 4 speed manual. The 90 was a LE model with a 318. Both were great vehicles. Absolute tanks.

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  7. DGMinGA

    Well… dang. I really want it, but timing is not right. One more child to get out of college yet. Looks like a great rig for someone. Maybe another will show up in a couple years.

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  8. Randy Tracy

    I owned a 2WD version Ramcharger very similar to this one. Painted red over red, it was a clean garage kept machine. Bought it used from original owner for $1,000. It absolutely drank gasoline so I flipped it within a year. This was in 1997. An excellent tow rig!

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  9. guggie13

    I had one and it was a Great vehicle , drove it for 9 years , never let me down , this one is a beauty , hope it finds a good home !

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  10. Wademo

    Hard to believe there any of these left in this condition!

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