“I’m the original owner,” the seller states in the listing. “Ordered in September ’95, delivered in October.”
In the subsequent 26 years the seller has owned the pickup, it has clocked just 65,500 miles, according to the ad. Unlike most Dodge Dakotas, this one wasn’t put to work as a construction hauler or a utility truck. Instead, it was treated as a collector vehicle — preserved, customized, and lightly driven.
A fresh blue metallic paint job was applied in 2002 and the gray cloth interior remains original, in nice condition.
If it weren’t for the Hurst shift lever visible on the interior photos, this Dakota might look like an all-original, unmodified example. But the uniqueness of this Dodge pickup lies beneath its hood, where the 318cid Magnum V8 has received a long list of go-fast goodies including a Mopar M1 intake, Mopar pushrods, Bosch injectors, Crane rockers, and overdrive pulleys.
There’s also been some “show” added along with that “go,” including a tonneau cover, a bed liner, a Lund hood shield and tinted windows.
“This truck is like new,” the listing concludes. “I would set this vehicle up against anything sitting on a showroom floor. Everything works. All switches, dials, gauges, latches, bulbs, everything. This truck is ready to show. It has the trophies to prove it.”
Included with the sale are a window sticker, a Dodge sales brochure, and all removed original parts besides the cam and exhaust.
The Dodge Dakota pickup evolved through three generations, initially engineered to target similar models in the light-duty segment such as the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet S-10, though its dimensions were slightly larger than those competitors.
The first-generation Dodge Dakota launched for the 1987 model year on the N-body platform, sharing many components with existing Chrysler products. A mid-cycle refresh was applied in 1991 including a few trim, safety and powertrain updates, and the body style was phased out after 1996.
The seller states that a 2010 appraisal valued the Dodge at $16,500, and its well-preserved condition makes it arguably even more rare now, a decade later. The asking price is $15,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.