FOR SALE: 1996 Dodge Ram
Antique/Classic / Charlotte, North Carolina
When the Viper got the nod to pace the Indy 500 in \'96, Dodge went a little overboard. It was the 80th running, Chrysler chairman Bob Lutz set the field, and Dodge trucks would be the official vehicle of the week. Grabbing onto the red hot sport truck movement, they created just over 2800 replicas like the 1996 Ram pickup you see here. And while some were pressed into use as work trucks, there were some that were destined for show duty, like this one which shows just 7,900 original miles. The formula was pretty simple: Start with the cool short bed configuration, option it up with SLT Laramie trim, throw in the sport package and paint it Brilliant Blue with white stripes like the Viper. Power it with the 5.9 liter V8 with a side-outlet exhaust, include the door graphics like the trucks at the track, add some larger rolling stock, and wait for the orders to roll in. It was a great-looking Ram that stood out at the Home Depot and anywhere else you took it. With under eight thousand miles, however, you can see that it didn\'t go far. The paint is in amazing condition for its age, and it looks like nothing more serious than folding chairs were ever loaded in the bed. Not content with the stock package, though, the previous owner made a good thing even better. There\'s a rear roll pan where the bumper once was, painted and striped like the tailgate. Billet grille inserts up front add additional flash and there\'s a flush-fitting tonneau cover with more blue and white paint that matches extremely well. The back of the cab below the rear window was striped, too, giving you the feeling that the original owner really loved his truck! Inside you\'ll find some more custom work in the spotless cabin. There\'s an aluminum bezel kit on the dash and a billet gauge cluster insert. You\'re sitting on leather seats with embroidered Dodge logos, an option not available in 1996. If that sounds odd remember that even when this truck was built you had to pay extra for the cassette radio in the dash; these were still primarily work vehicles. SLT packaged Rams came with power windows, locks and mirrors, tilt wheel, a leather wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning (again, this wasn\'t standard then), cruise control and more. It\'s a comfortable place to be, and with the low miles it\'s quite fresh. Under the hood is a 5.9 liter Magnum V8 putting out a fairly stout 245 horsepower. This was the largest engine you could get in a Dodge half-ton in \'96, and the extra power from the exhaust is heard as well as felt. Presentation is tidy, and the only replacement component you can see is a newer battery. It\'s hard to find fault with something so clean. Checking out the chassis it\'s impossible to overlook the lowered stance, which is perfectly in tune with the truck\'s show mission and it looks great. Slotted rotors are at all four corners while Baer brake calipers bring you down from speed in a hurry. The original 17-inch American Racing mags were huge for their time but these 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels with 245/40/20 front and 275/35/20 rear Goodyear meats bring this Ram totally up to date. Indy replica vehicles are always collector pieces from first-gen Camaros to current. This Ram is in great condition and was obviously owned and loved by a dedicated hobbyist. This is a ton of truck for the money. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.