Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Truck Of The Day: August 14, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from juantoo3's collection and is Johnny Lightning's 1965 Dodge A100.

The A100 line was a model range of American compact vans and trucks manufactured and marketed from 1964–1970 by Chrysler Corporation for the Dodge brand in the United States and the Fargo brand in Canada.

The A100 competed with the Ford Econoline and Chevy Van, as well as the Volkswagen Type 2. The range included a pickup truck and van, both with a "forward control" design. The implementation of situating the driver on top of the front axle with the engine near the front wheels is called internationally a "cab over" vehicle. The nose was flat, with the engine placed between the driver and passenger, who sat above the front axle. The unibody vehicles used a short, 90 in (2,300 mm) wheelbase. An A108 was also available from 1967–1970, with a longer 108 in (2,700 mm) wheelbase. The A108 was popular with camper conversion companies.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Dodge A100

A blast from the past, the early years of Playing Mantis. This is one of the earliest in-house designs done by the fledgling company that started on repop Topper castings. PM/JL did two versions of the Dodge A-100, I can tell this is the early version because of the jump seats in back (the later version was never released with jump seats) and the belly hook on the bottom...and I know this was a very early release within the first two years of the relaunch of Johnny Lightning by experience. I have been looking for the Steadly promo issues for many years, and recently they've begun turning up on the market in fair numbers at prices I am willing to pay, so now I have one carded and one loose! (now to find the alternate colors of the same issues!).

A substantially modified, Hemi-powered A100 wheelstanding exhibition pickup called the "Little Red Wagon" driven by Bill "Maverick" Golden was a popular drag strip attraction in the 1960s through the early 2000s.

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