Even with high fuel prices, trucks are still some of the best-selling vehicles here in the States. We love our trucks here in America and the only thing that makes a truck better is to make it more powerful, faster, and louder. High performance trucks have been around for a while. When Dodge introduced the Li’l Red Express in 1978, it was the fastest American production vehicle built that year. The seller of this 1979 Li’l Red Truck claims it’s a survivor. Check it out for yourself here on eBay, where it is being offered with a BIN of $15,000.
The high performance 360 cui V8 was a modified version of Dodge’s 360 Police engine and was rated at 225 hp and 295 lbs. of torque. For ’79 Dodge had to detune the engine slightly to make it easier to assemble and to meet emission regulations. The most noticeable difference was the addition of a catalytic converter, which Dodge was able to leave off in ’78. A previous owner removed the catalytic converter and switched the original mufflers out for a pair of glass packs. They claim it runs and drives great and is ready to be driven as is.
While the seller claims this truck is a survivor, it isn’t entirely original. Besides the exhaust modifications, the truck bed has all new wood and paint. If these things were done correctly it shouldn’t hurt the value of this rare truck. Dodge only built 5,118 in ’79 and there aren’t many left on the road. This little performance truck will definitely turn heads and you won’t likely come across another one at your local events. Based on the condition and the current market, what do you think of the seller’s asking price? Are they right on target or slightly off in their valuation?