Mystery Car Revealed!

Well, that took even longer than I thought it would, But congratulations to smokyhburnout for coming up with the correct answer. And now for a little history on the Askam product line, but only after the jump….

According to all things Wikipedia (because you know they are always correct….)

Askam founded in 1962 as joint venture with 60% Chrysler and started production in 1964 under the brand names of Fargo, Desoto and Dodge. In 1991, Chrysler sold its share to the local partners and current owners (Çiftçiler Holding). After the merge of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler, the company changed its name to Askam Kamyon Imalat ve Ticaret AŞ and continued to produce its products under Fargo and Desoto brands. Today Askam produces a variety of Fargo and Desoto heavy/light trucks in its own original designs.

With renaming of Chrysler Kamyon Imalat to Askam, the model AS250 was started to produce under the name Askam DeSoto AS250 D with a 4-liter turbodiesel Deutz engine with 100 hp. Maximum speed of the truck with this engine is 108 km/h. There are four-wheel drive version produced with the name AS250 WD. The new version also features a modified grille with 4 headlights.

Once again I have to ask, how many of you knew that Chrysler even had a joint venture in Turkey? And would you like a product offered in the US with the DeSoto or Fargo nameplate? I would like your opinions….

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  1. Tomsk Avatar

    The SUV/van thingy would make a fantastic Class B RV/Post-Apocalyptic Taco Truck. And just think of all the car nut bar bets you'd win by proclaiming that 1961 was not the last year for DeSoto-badged vehicles…

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    Ugh. Who designed these front ends/grilles, some stamping machine operator, or is this what Turks call good looking?
    Also, 67 mph top speed,100 hp, I could imagine progress is painful. Taco truck would be right application for this as they mostly standing still, parked.

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      That's Turkish hp, Turkish horses are like Turkish coffee, strong – or not. Also I had no idea about any of this, I thought it was some Indian truck myself. Another good one!

  3. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    PW250…. "Power Wagon?"

    1. jeremy Avatar

      i would venture a guess as to you being correct.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    I like these trucks. They're functional, and ugly, but that's what you want in a truck like this. They make a Hummer look positively graceful. I like the fact that they come with Deutz diesels, which have a great reputation. Most Deutz diesels are air cooled, and I was hoping that that was the case here, but these trucks have radiators. I imagine these trucks would hold up to some serious abuse out in the desert. I'd love to have one.

  5. OA5599 Avatar

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    Is it available in Midnite Express trim?

  6. kantura Avatar

    I am sorry. I little speak english 🙁 I am Turk. I use this Truck. My Truck 1999 Askam Fargo. This truck 90 hp but transmission very power.
    this trucks engine German Deutz. Transmission np205 american. Diff's Dana44 and dana60 American.mechanical and desing turkish.