1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Pickup

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The Dodge Li'l Red Express is one of the most beautiful exemplars of classic trucks ever introduced to the market and, against all odds, it came on the scene in the late 1970s when there were still public concerns related to the oil crises of the decade. The absolute opposite of everything else offered at the time, the limited-edition truck was rowdy, loud, and incredibly fun.

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Hoping to ride the coattails of this unlikely fashion trend while trying to whip a little fun into its workaday truck line, Dodge introduced the big-rig-styled 1978-'79 Dodge Li'l Red Express Truck. Li'l Red was a mid-1978 addition to the Ram brand's "Adult Toys" line, which included the Street Van, Warlock, Macho Power Wagon and Ramcharger.

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The resulting Li'l Red Express (LRE), which had Mopar's W-2 cylinder heads atop its E58 cop-car 360, was quickly turned into a production truck that debuted in March of 1978 as part of Dodge Truck.

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The 1978-1979 Dodge Li'l Red Truck came only in Canyon Red set off by bold gold decals on doors and tailgate, plus genuine varnished oak planking on box sides, tailgate, and bed floor. But the real killer was that pair of tall, 2.5-inch-thick chrome exhaust pipes poking up through the step plates behind the cab. Wrapped in perforated metal heat.

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Somehow, this turned into a claim that a Dodge Li'l Red Truck pickup weighs three tons at the curb. Not so. A short-bed, half-ton D150 shipped at 3,617 pounds. Even allowing for 600 pounds of fluids and equipment, you're way under three tons. A number of details changed for the 1979 model year. The most obvious of these was a new front end.

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The '78 edition Li'l Red Truck is easy to identify with its single round headlamps (above) versus the stacked quads on the '79 (below). The grille is different as well, and in the truck's second year the Dodge logo migrated to the forward edge of the hood. Mechanically, the major difference was the addition of catalytic converters for '79.

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All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed. Gold pinstriping with accent stripes runs along the edges of the front and rear fenders. Clear-coated oak wood trim panels adorn the bed and tailgate.

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HOT ROD flogged a production '78 in its June 1978 issue and achieved a quarter-mile time of 15.71 seconds at 88.06 mph and averaged fuel economy of 13.1 mpg; the production version was a well.

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Dodge produced the trucks on a two-year run producing 2,188 units in 1978 and another 5,118 units in 1979. The heart of the Li'l Reds were modified 360 ci V8 police engines that made around 225HP off the factory floor, mated with A-727 automatic transmissions. Outfitted with side stack exhausts, 4-barrel carbs, stunning canyon red paint.

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The Dodge Li'l Red Express set a standard on how to make a great performance truck. All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed.

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The Dodge Li'l Red Express was a specially built truck series that took advantage of domestic light trucks not needing the same emissions equipment as passenger cars during the two years it was produced in 1978 and 1979. Laughable was the fact that the 225 HP rating was at 3800 rpm, which is way below 5000 rpm where most engines start to come.

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These all added to the Li'l Red Express' $7,400 base price. No doubt the truck's biggest claim to fame was the frequently heard boast that it was the fastest new vehicle on the market when it debuted for 1978. Indeed, at least one popular magazine test confirmed it.