Pickup trucks are most often seen as tools, just like backhoes or hammers. A pickup is a piece of equipment that lives out its useful life on a farm or construction sites, then gets put to rest when it’s used up.
The Pick of the Day is a 1988 Dodge D100 that not only made it through more than 30 years on the job but was preserved enough to be treated to a cosmetic restoration in 2020. It seems this D100 wasn’t treated like a workhorse, though, given its low odometer reading of 97,000 miles.
The private seller in Jacksonville, Florida, advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com describes the Dodge as the type of vehicle you “have to see in person.”
“Stunning conditioning inside and out,” the seller says. “Body work and paint job completely restored and finished six months ago.”
The list of components restored or replaced as part of the refurbishment is lengthy, with fresh tires, grille and lights outside, and new carpet and bench seat on the inside.
“All the gauges work including the radio,” the seller states.
The Dodge’s listing shows just how comprehensive this restoration effort was, including photos from the painting process. Even the cargo area turned out nice and tidy thanks to a spray-in bed liner.
The Dodge D Series pickup ran from 1960 through 1993 with relatively few changes. It was, at its core, a simple machine built with a larger emphasis on function than form. The 1988 was considered a third-generation model, and the number of engine and cab configurations was vast — there were upwards of 10 different motors available, including an inline-6 Cummins diesel. This example is powered by its original 3.9-liter V6, which was newly added for the 1988 model year.
The marketplace for full-size trucks was competitive, with Chevrolet C/K pickups and the Ford F-Series vying for a piece of the action. By the early 1990s, the D Series platform had aged, and Dodge engineers came up with an all-new Dodge Ram, which debuted in 1994.
The D Series name was then retired for good by Dodge, but a few examples like this one give a reminder of those once-common trucks.
The seller is asking $13,900 or best offer.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.