9 Super Rare Trucks That Will Cost You A Fortune To Buy
Pickup trucks – as well as SUVs – have become extremely popular over the past few years, and as such, they are in high demand. Many are looking for pickup trucks that combine the practicality of a hard-working truck with the everyday roominess of an SUV. Unlike today’s market where there are eight different versions for the Ford Ranger, older generation pickup trucks only saw two or three.
In some – very specific – cases, automakers have decided to try something new and make powerful versions of their models. In most cases, these toppings were overpriced and unpopular, leading to a limited number of products. Take the GMC Syclone for example. It was a vehicle ahead of its time because people didn’t need fast pickup trucks in the early 1990s, so GMC only produced about 3,000 units. As a result, the Syclone is worth around $80,000 – about the same price as today’s GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate. That’s a lot of money for a small pickup. It’s the same story with the Dodge RAM SRT-10 – one of the most ridiculous creations ever made.
While these pickups are really cool, they are just too expensive for what you get for your money, especially compared to brand new trucks. Here are nine super rare trucks that will cost you a fortune to buy.
9/9 1970-1971 Dodge D100 “The Dude” ($50,000)
The Dodge D100 was a series of single-cab pickup trucks sold between 1961 and 1993. The second generation saw a redesign and a new trim level was added called “The Dude”. This package was a sportier looking exterior trim, which added a black or white side stripe and a “Dude” logo on the rear bed fender.
The tailgate was different from other D100 pickups as it featured the same “Dodge” script, on a flat surface – rather than being raised lettering. The hubcaps were a little different and the package was only offered between 1970 and 1971, with only 1,500 to 2,000 units produced. This made “The Dude” quite rare and expensive.
8/9 1955-1955 Chevrolet Cameo ($100,000)
The Chevrolet Cameo was the 1950s equivalent of the modern Silverado High Country, with a more luxurious approach to the typical pickup truck. The Cameo has whitewall road tires rather than off-road and a more sophisticated bed with the tailgate using retractable cables rather than just opening.
The Cameo could still do the same things as a normal Task Force pickup, it was just a bit nicer to drive. Today, the Cameo with its abundance of chrome and 1960s styling could easily fetch well over $100,000.
7/9 1956 GMC Commuter Transporter ($50,000)
The GMC Suburban Carrier was GMC’s version of the Chevrolet Cameo. It featured many of the same options, including whitewall tires, a more sophisticated tailgate, and the easier way to access the spare tire.
The difference was mostly in appearance, as the GMC had larger front bumpers and a better variety of color choices. The GMC was also more popular, meaning a good one today would cost around $50,000 and a blank would cost around $70,000 or more.
6/9 1980-1983 Jeep J10 Honcho ($70,000)
The Jeep J10 – also known as the SJ, Gladiator or Wagoneer – was a rugged pickup produced by the American marque between 1962 and 1981 – with five different companies owning the rights during that time. The J10 Honcho was a special set sold between 1974 and 1983.
The Honcho added bold stripes and decals, a nicer rollover bar and a special interior. Honcho trim varied from year to year but always included the wider wheel arches. In the nine years of production, only 1,264 J10 Honchos were produced – hence the value of over $70,000 today.
5/9 1950 Dodge Power Wagon ($70,000)
The Dodge Power Wagon was a work truck that first appeared in the late 1940s and remained in production until 1980. The name was revived in 2005 for use on a more powerful version of the 1500 and 2500 pickup models from RAM.
The original Power Wagon featured big straight-6s and V8s that were mated to heavy-duty 4WD systems, making it the versatile work truck of choice. Today they are quite desirable thanks to their looks and abilities, often used for farming or tow trucks.
4/9 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express ($30,000)
The The Dodge Li’l Red Express pickup truck was introduced in 1978 and was powered by a special version of the 5.9-litre V8, called the “360 Express”. The engine produced around 225 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the rear wheels only through a standard three-speed automatic and limited-slip differential.
The Li’l Red Express was sold in one color – red – and although it was based on the normal D-series pickups, it had a different front end, bed, and wheels. The most notable part of the truck were the chimneys that protruded from the top of the bed, continuing all the way past the roof.
3/9 1991 Syclone GMC ($80,000)
The GMC Syclone was the fastest production pickup for 30 years until it was dethroned by the RAM 1500 TRX. The engine was the 4.3-liter V6 from the Chevrolet Impala of the time, but heavily modified and turbocharged.
The Syclone produced 280 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels via a 4-speed automatic. The Syclone completed the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds, putting it on par with the Corvette C4 and Ferrari 348 of the time.
2/9 1990-1993 Chevrolet C1500 454 SS ($50,000)
The inspiration for the GMC Syclone was the equally ridiculous Chevrolet C1500 454 SS with its huge 7.4 liter V8. Granted, the engine was straight out of an RV and only produced 230hp, but it was still pretty cool.
Chevrolet modified the C1500 to make it sportier and follow the other SS Chevys. It had SS badging all around and was initially only sold in black, with a red interior. The 454 SS was built to compete with Ford’s Lightning and around 17,000 units were produced.
1/9 2004-2006 Dodge RAM SRT-10 ($80,000)
The Dodge RAM SRT-10 is one of the most ridiculous pickups ever made – only the modern RAM TRX being dumber. Dodge engineers – in typical American automaker style – squeezed the Viper’s massive 8.3-liter V10 into the Regular- and Quad-Cab versions of the RAM.
The SRT-10 also got a sportier exterior styling and due to the engine, the model was always rear-wheel-drive only, mated to either a 6-speed manual in the regular cab or a 4-speed automatic. speeds in the quad cabin. The SRT-10 produced 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque, could do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 154 mph. All of this while achieving a fuel economy rating of just 10 MPG combined. Ouch!