Dodge turns 1968 D200 into ‘lowliner’ concept for SEMA Show unveiling

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The Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream Mopar Lowliner concept was a 1968 Dodge D200 pickup in need of restoration | Dodge/Mopar photos

Dodge will unveil 14 customized vehicles, including a pair of concept trucks, at the 2019 SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas. One of those trucks is a 1968 Dodge D200 heavy-duty pickup that has been transformed into — OK, take a deep breath — the Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream Mopar Lowliner  concept.

“Customization of classic trucks continues to be a hot trend in the aftermarket world,” Dodge and the Mopar parts team said in a news release.

Designers, engineers and mechanical staff boxed the C-channel frame, lengthened the wheelbase for a more dramatic stance, a stance enhanced by “substantially” lowering the right height with air suspension, and fabricated a power-tilt hood to showcase the 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine they installed. The engine is linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The wheelbase was lengthened by moving the front axle 3 inches forward, thus pushing the front wheels toward the car’s front corners. The car rides on custom, 22-inch “smoothie’ wheels. The wheel wells were widened by 5 inches to house the wide rear wheel and tire package. 

The air suspension has three modes — low, driving and driving height plus.

The interior features the original bench seat but covered in distressed orange-amber Blazing Saddle Tan leather. The headliner also is leather with a Mopar Omega M logo stitched in.

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202 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Among the other custom vehicles making debuts at SEMA on the Dodge/Mopar stand are the Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid), a truck with an off-roading/overlanding theme; an accessorized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon; a heritage-inspired Jeep Gladiator Scrambler; the Jeep Gladiator J6 Moab concept; the Dodge Challenger Mopar ’19; and the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drak Pak, designed to deliver a turnkey vehicle to sportsman drag racers. Only 50 of the Drag Pak cars, certified to produce ETs as quick as 7.5 seconds, will be produced.

Ram 1500 Rebel OTG concept

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Am I the only person in the world that hates the lowering of cars and trucks. I mean, especially a truck. I don’t get it.

  2. The destroyed D200 is an example of how Chrysler has lost their way. I’m embarrassed for all the great engineers and designers of years gone by. What a waste…

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