1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express
1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express
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1978-1979 Dodge Li'l Red Express

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.

Classic Car Overview

This 1979 Dodge Lil Red Express is a beefy performance pickup truck with tasteful upgrades and a gorgeous attention-grabbing look! When it came to automotive performance, the decade of the 1970s was seemingly a step backwards. With the onset of the new performance dampening government regulations intended to curb smog and other environmental pollution, the muscle car era of the 1960s was over as Americas automakers were forced to build more practical grocery getters that polluted less and were more fuel efficient. However, like most government regulations, there was a loophole; but, more on that a little later. In the late 70s, Dodges parent company Chrysler was in serious financial trouble. In an attempt to reinvigorate Chrysler, the Big Three Detroit automaker brought in famed automotive executive Lee Iacocca, whose largest career achievement at that point was bringing the Mustang to Ford and transforming a once sleepy brand into marque that attracted a more youthful customer base. In an effort to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time in his career, the team at Dodge borrowed a formula used by Iacocca at Ford; that is, enticing younger buyers to the brand with cool-looking, performance oriented vehicles. In order to produce a true performance vehicle in spite of the new government regulations, Dodge took advantage of the aforementioned loophole in the regulations. Since the new regulations only applied to passenger cars, Dodge came up with a performance oriented truck line known as The Adult Toys From Dodge, comprised of the Warlock, Ramcharger, Street Van, and, of course, the Lil Red Express. The Lil Red Express Pickup Trucks were, and continue to be, some of the most iconic American made pickup trucks of all time. Sporting a bright Canyon Red paint scheme, elevated wood paneling, special decals, and perhaps its most memorable feature, dual chrome vertically-mounted exhaust pipes with heat shields. Not only were the Lil Red Express trucks extremely eye catching rigs, they were also some of the fastest production vehicles on the road at the time with some folks remembering them beating Corvettes in the quarter mile. Looking back, the Warlock and Lil Red Express were among the first performance-oriented pickup trucks, released decades before Fords Lightning and Raptor trucks or even GMs Typhoon and Syclone models. This particular example comes to us from the hands of collector who owned the truck for the past 20 years. Under the hood on this 79 Lil Red is a 360 Cubic Inch V8 engine fed by an upgraded Holley single 4 barrel carburetor mounted atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake. The 360 V8 is backed by a Torqueflite 727 Automatic transmission that ensures that just about anybody can take this Dodge Pickup for a spin around the block. Exhaust exits the powerful Mopar V8 through a set of headers up through a pair chrome vertical exhaust stacks that have an iconic look and produce a fantastic sound. This 1979 Lil Red Express Pickup Truck comes absolutely loaded with options! With power front disc brakes and power drums in the rear, bringing this 79 Dodge to a complete stop is easy. Power steering is another wonderful addition on any classic truck since it improves the overall driving experience and makes getting in and out of a tight parking space almost effortless. Further aiding parking efforts are a pair of chrome outside mirrors so that you can see whats on your sides at all times. Youll be able to stay cool while cruising even on the hottest summer days since this 1979 Lil Red Pickup comes equipped with Air Conditioning. Previous ownership also added several period upgrades including cab-mounted driving lights and a sunroof. The steel stepside pickup box and tailgate appear to be in great shape as is the wooden bed and the decorative wooden side stakes. Riding on a set of raised letter BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires mounted on chrome wheels, this 1979 Dodge truck has a fantastic look and even better ride. The exterior has been refinished in a beautiful Canyon Red paint and is accented with golden Lil Red decals and wood trim that together complete the exterior appearance of this 70s performance truck. The interior of this 1979 Dodge Lil Red Express Pickup Truck is absolutely stunning! The bench seat with folding center armrest have been reupholstered in gorgeous black vinyl. The matching door panels, black carpeting, Tuff steering wheel, and black padded dash are in wonderful condition as well and all appear to retain a mostly stock look. The instrument cluster comes outfitted with an 85 MPH speedometer, 8,000 RPM Sun Super Tach II tachometer, volt gauge, vacuum gauge, alternator gauge, temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, and fuel gauge. The original radio has been upgraded to an Eclipse AM/FM/CD entertainment system with a number of speakers added around the cab so that you can listen to all of your favorite tunes while cruising down the road. Other interior upgrades include a dash-mounted Autometer Pro-Lite warning light, various lighting and climate controls, an under-dash mounted CB radio, and locking glovebox. Whether youre buying your very first classic pickup truck or youre adding to your existing collection of Mopars, this 1979 Dodge Lil Red Express would make an excellent addition. Give Ellingsons a call today at 763-428-7337!

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    D13JS9S184838
  • Classic Car ID
    101998423
  • Stock Number
    8876
  • Category
    Classic Trucks
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    36,685 miles
  • Engine
    360 V8
  • Transmission
    727 Torqueflite Automatic

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