Think you’re serious about off-roading? Then a military-grade Dodge Power Wagon should put you over the top, in more ways than one.
The Pick of the Day is a 1953 Dodge M-37 Power Wagon, a 4X4 pickup truck in Olive Drab, with a convertible top, spartan interior and attitude a mile wide.
“One look at the camo-like green exterior, and we know your imagination is dreaming about the places you can go and the projects you can tackle,” says the Concord, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Dodge on ClassicCars.com. “Owning a military-grade machine like this is about reaching beyond any limit you could ever imagine.
“That’s why there’s a strong winch up front, full-metal brush guard, and tow hooks front & rear. It’s even thoughtful in its functional layout with a bed-mounted spare, storage boxes built into the sides, and hooks & racks for your tools. So wherever you go, you get to haul all your gear, too.”
While unlikely to win a beauty pageant, this original-looking Dodge pickup is fitted with military-style off-road tires and wearing what looks like a battle-scarred patina.
“Under the hood is more of that military-grade toughness,” the seller adds. “The flathead inline-six motor has been in production for decades. These motors date back to the time when these Dodges helped win WWII, but this one has had plenty of recent investments. A new carburetor, correct-style intake, and exhaust were all added within the last few months. This even has an electric fuel pump and runs a proper 12-volt system.
“So this motor is still just as strong as battle-tested soldier. It provides genuine stump-pulling torque so this could be a true workhorse on your land, or the four-speed manual and 4×4 transfer case might just make for the ultimate recreational vehicle. There’s even a new master cylinder, brake shoes, and brake cylinders for confident stopping power.”
The Dodge’s simple, unadorned interior has been updated for drivability, with turn signals, a keyed ignition and updated headlight controls, the seller says.
“This is a tough-as-nails machine that is built to be reliable, and that’s why you want it,” the seller says. “The one major luxury is the new removable soft top. These can be pricey, and it’s nice to have the option of keeping the sunshine off your shoulders.”
The odometer on the simple speedometer – which goes to just 60 mph – says the Dodge has been driven only 37,384 miles, but no word whether that is correct.
The asking price is $18,995, which seems like a fair amount for all this rugged capability.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.