The Perfect Shop Truck

With just the right amount of patina. The seller assures us that is not "rust".

We have a bit of a weakness here for forward-control or cab-over pickups. The Corvair, Dodge and Econoline cab-overs are fantastic, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen Transporter pickups, even though they’re not exactly forward control anymore. But they used to be! That counts, right?

Joking aside, it really does look pretty awesome.

This little beastie, however, might just take the cake. All the awesomeness and frightening prospects of survival in a crash that come standard with a forward-control pickup, with a heavier cargo capability to crush you down to a chunky salsa for extra utility and the stronger, sturdier Jeep construction. That, and it’s a no-rust good-condition survivor. Remember what they say, it can only be “all original” once! So with a little tidying up, I’m sure you could sell this at Barrett-Jackson for, oh, $200,000. Or, better yet, just use it for hauling engine blocks around as you work on your latest project.
A good wash and a bit of polishing compound, I'm sure it'll all be just fine.

20 Comments

  1. This site regularly makes me want to sell every newer, more reliable vehicle I own and acquire a fleet that will bring me equal measures of pleasure and pain. This is one of those moments. I'm seriously questioning my sanity, wanting this in lieu of my late model Dodge Ram 4X4 extended cab that comforably carries my whole family where ever we want to go.

    1. I sold my 10-year-old car last year and bought one 10 years older than I am, and I'm all the happier for it.
      Hell, how do you know a car is reliable if there aren't ones still running out there decades after the factory stopped making parts for them?

      1. That's actually part of my theory of reliability records, which is that time is the great equalizer. Reliability ratings are simply a matter of statistics. It's not that every Sebring breaks down daily, but because a higher percentage of them break down in any given month than Corollas, they get a lower rating. Over time, though, the crappy cars get weeded out. So, the ones that are left after 20 plus years are likely to be the good ones. Today, a '77 Volare is probably just as reliable as a '77 Mercedes. Maybe even more so, because the Mercedes is so much more complex.

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  3. If I didn't live diagonally across Arizona from that nifty little trucklet and had three grand burning a hole in my pocket, that would be mine. Nice Price.

  4. If it wasn't diagonally across the state and if I had three grand burning a hole in my pocket, that nice little trucklet would be mine. I've always liked these.

  5. Count 'em three jerry cans on one side! This thing is right off the set of Indiana Jones. Except for all that Nazi stuff kinda… hey are those cookies ?

  6. First, forward control clearly is better.
    Second, this is an excellent starting point for a Post-Apocalyptic Taco Truck. For the good of me, my friends, and my family I should buy this. Fill up the jerry cans with diesel and get it running on anything — including pureed zombie — and away we go!

  7. That's the thing about late model cars of any sort – they're all so much better than they were 20 or more years ago that even the worst ones have tolerable reliability.

  8. I just realized, this thing is a total candidate for bedliner paint job!! it'd be a bit sad to cover the "patina" but imagine this thing in textured glory… mashin about… all happy and stuff! *tear*

  9. All original is just great, but I see a serious need for a Camo paint job and a bed mounted gun safe. Drive that bad boy off into the woods and don't come back until it's piled full of Bambi's family.

  10. I LOVE this hoonmobile. I think the price is a little steep. Mostly because I don't have $7500 and considering that this beauty is parked in front of a MANSION.

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