Surviving Dodge: 1961 Dodge D100 Sweptline

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Who doesn’t love a clean and original pickup truck? This 1961 Dodge D100 is in excellent shape, and is the first year for this body style. You either love or hate the styling of this old pick up, we love the “Sweptline” body line that runs the length of the truck. According to the seller this D100 has covered less than 64,000 miles and is in original condition making the $8500 price tag seem a little more alluring. Find it here on craigslist out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

1961 Dodge D100 Interior

Older pickup trucks are simplistic but wonderful. The interior of this D100 is exactly that. The seat looks to be a recover, but the remainder of the visible interior looks nice, with no apparent fade, or damage. There does appear to be an aftermarket radio installed with some small speakers installed in the doors as well. We aren’t particularly fans of that action, but we suppose some good tunes would be welcomed in this old truck.

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The exterior looks pleasing as well. The paint and glass looks brilliant, and the thin white walls look the part. The body looks straight as an arrow from the photographs, although we are curious about the condition of the bed and the tailgate. The front end of this 4 year generation D100 looks very nice. The grill looks mint and the front body work looks to be in good shape with little to no blemishes. The only thing that stands out is the finish on the “Dodge” emblem on the nose of the truck. The side mirrors and the glass in this truck looks phenomenal.

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It is not that often we have seen this body style in the wild, much less an example in this condition. Being low mileage, and in excellent shape makes this a desirable truck that many would love to own. You could certainly find a place for it at any car event, with a mixture of interest for sure. We think this D100 would look fantastic towing a small aluminum camper, but there are many options of things to do with this truck. What would you do with this D100?

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Comments

  1. DirtyHarry

    So rare to see one of these that wasn’t worked to death. So ugly it is attractive. I want it.

  2. Steve B

    In 61 these were referred to as Dart pickups. These with this early style grille are quite hard hard to find nowadays, especially in this condition. Great find.

  3. Mitch

    I’ve wanted one (this particular year especially) for a long time. I could buy it right now, but I don’t have a garage or winter storage.

  4. 68 custom

    very nice! would be proud to own it.

  5. Chris in Nashville

    Very tempted but also love my 75 Silverado and it is a little out of range for my bank balance right now.

  6. Howard A Member

    Just a phenomenal find, it shows they do exist. Sadly, as cool as it is, it’s still a ’61 Dodge, and will drive accordingly. As with all these, nice older pickups, what do you do with it? Too nice to throw rocks in, and not the best highway truck either. IDK, if I had 10g’s to piss away on something, I doubt it would be this. Still, a wonderful find. It was somebody’s baby, for sure.

    • Steve B

      Would be great for light duty work in town, Home Depot type stuff. Yes, beam axle trucks built before the era of the interstate are a very different animal than a modern truck. That said, unless it’s a historically significant vehicle, a few modifications make a world of difference in real-world driveability. Front discs, power steering and a taller rear axle are all non-destructive mods in this category. My work truck is a 70 Dodge 3/4 ton, it’s not as nice looking but I’m not afraid to haul anything or drive it anywhere.

  7. Eric Dashman

    I believe it’s Charleston, South Carolina, not Charlotte, NC. 5 hours from me vs. 2 hours from me. It’s a Charlotte listing, but the map says otherwise. Even with 60+K miles, do we believe that’s the original paint? Seller doesn’t say.

  8. Jim

    I’ve seen this truck at Cars and Coffee in Mount Pleasant S.C. ( Charleston). A real beauty.

  9. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    nice truck….I own a 66 D300…..think it might be a little to pricey…..just saying…..

  10. Richard

    I have a 62 sweptline d 100 that I put a small block 360 changed to disc breaks for reasonable budget pulls my 14 ft. Trailer like a champ. Would love to have this one to add to collection but may be a tough price right now.

  11. Loco Mikado

    Looks like a very nice old Dodge PU. I have owned three of this generation Dodge pickup over the years although mine were 3\4 tons, not 1\2 tons. They are rugged, dependable and above all cheap and easy to repair when something does break, On my ’69 I had a weird one happen, the front upper shock mounts broke. All they were was a piece of heavy angle iron bolted to the frame and the top of the shock was mounted to it with the lower eye of the shock mounted to the front axle. I had some angle iron the same size. I just cut it to the same length and drilled holes using the old pieces as templates. Took about an hour to do and I was back in business. Today a similar job would cost almost as much as they want for this truck. Also you could pull and replace the engine without removing the hood. When I was in high school a friend of mine had one with a factory 413 cross ram V8. It was impressive and there was still enough room in the engine compartment to literally climb in and work on the engine with plenty of room to spare. The only thing that looked hokey was the automatic shift lever coming out of the dash to the right of rge steering wheel. I would love to have the listed PU but unfortunately my driving days are behind me. If it runs and drives as good as it looks the buyer would have a nice truck. Just as an aside my dad was trying to buy a new ’62 Dodge D100 in 1962. The deal never went through, the purchase price of $1625.00($13,000.00 today) was agreed upon but the dealer refused to give my dad enough as he thought his trade in was worth. It was a ’59 Rambler SW and my dad offered it and wrote a conditional check of $625.00(almost 2 months wages in ’62) to pay for the PU. The dealer refused to take the offer. He never went shopping for another PU or recreational vehicle. Instead 2 years later he bought a nice2 bdrm beach cabin in Lincoln City, OR for $5,000.00 completely furnished, all we had to do was bring our clothes and bedding. After my dad died my mom sold it for $40,000.00 and carried the mortgage. She said later after collecting almost $100,000.00 in payments over 25 years for the house, “I am glad the dealer refused to take the offer on the PU, he did me a great favor by refusing your dads offer.”

  12. Terry

    Gasser!

  13. Mike

    I have always wanted this era Dodge PU, why because my Mom’s Dad had one just like this one. He worked heavy equipment his entire life and drove a 61 Dodge up until he died. He kept the old truck to drive to work only, because they would get covered with Lime dust which would eat the paint. Even after he retired he drove it around the farm to tend to his cattle, and never worried about it getting dirty.
    Grandma sold it after he died and it had set in a barn for a few years. she offered it to each of us grandson’s but at the time none of us wanted it. She sold it to the guy who helped her around the farm and what happened to it I never did know.
    Nice looking truck though!!!!

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