Those with long memories might recall the short existence of the Dodge Dakota convertible, produced from 1989-91 to answer a question that nobody asked. Turns out, there were few people who desired a midsize pickup truck with a convertible top.
The Pick of the Day, a 1990 Dodge Dakota SE, was one of fewer than 1,000 convertibles sold that model year. Just a handful were sold in 1991. Still, for today’s collector car enthusiasts, the Dakota ragtop is a rare and interesting vehicle that should have an attention-grabbing presence wherever it goes.
The truck is powered by a 3.9-liter V6 with 4-speed automatic transmission, and is apparently an unrestored survivor that spent most of its time in the dry Southwest. The odometer shows fewer than 62,000 miles.
“The truck was sold new out of Las Vegas Dodge INC and spent its life there until 2002 when it was acquired and brought back to Michigan for a private collector,” according to the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. “The truck remains in excellent condition and presents well.”
As a (very) limited-production vehicle, the Dakota convertible was sold with premium equipment, and this one has a nicely furnished interior. The body and paint seem to be good shape, although some nicks and small areas of corrosion are shown in the gallery of photos with the ad.
The Dodge also had a few upgrades, the ad says.
“Highlights include air conditioning, cloth and vinyl high-back bucket seats with center console, power front disc brakes, stainless-steel exhaust, tinted glass, storage tray behind the seats, 4-speed automatic transmission, tonneau cover, AM/FM/Cassette player, owner’s manual and 15-inch chrome Cragar wheels,” the seller notes. “The truck also has its original window sticker, with sticker price of $16,400 when sold new.”
While somewhat pricey back then, the Dodge Dakota SE convertible pickup is fairly cheap today, this one in what seems like very good original condition priced at just $13,900.
The truck might not be very beautiful or very practical (a loaded truck bed behind a flimsy cloth roof would raise some safety concerns), the Dakota is certainly a unique expression of truckiness, and it would be fun to have. Most likely the only one to show up at the local cruise-in.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.