Classic on the outside, modern on the inside. Fooled again! I never saw it coming until you opened the truck door. The idea of sliding a classic coachwork over a modern powertrain isn’t new, but it never gets old. The example here combines a first-generation (1961-1965) Dodge D200 body with a “brand new” (it’s all relative) 2010 Ram 2500 Laramie four-wheel drive pickup truck, resulting in nostalgic D200 vibes backed by modern technology and amenities. It’s the best of all worlds, except for all the work involved and devouring two different trucks. Let’s just say if it ended up in the driveway, we wouldn’t kick it out.
Since this Dodge D200 is essentially a 2010 Ram 2500, it is powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 backed by a rebuilt Jasper 68RFE automatic transmission. A 1965 Cummins would have predated the first prototype Cummins powered Dodge truck by 20 years, and a Cummins powered Dodge truck from the factory would not be roaming the city streets until four years later in 1989 . the same Cummins as this 6.7-litre, which was cleaned, inspected, resealed and painted Cummins beige. The 2010 Ram HD’s Cummins, rated at 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, would be quite a surprise when you pop the hood of the D200.
The exterior of this Oxford Gray Dodge D-Series looks smooth and straight, showing off the beautiful lines of that classic Sweptline bed, which was shortened and modified to fit the new chassis. Likewise, the front fenders were lengthened, while a larger intercooler and radiator necessitated a 500-series truck grille filler panel for adequate clearance. The modified and rechromed 1965 bumper has chrome tow hooks.
The side mirrors, door handles, rear bumper and tailgate show off modern functionality despite their old-fashioned appearance. The vintage-looking stainless steel power mirrors are compatible with factory Laramie controls, and the polished original stainless steel “refrigerator” door handles have been modified to work with the 2010 door latches, power locks, and door switches. The rear bumper houses factory 2010 backup sensors, and an aftermarket backup camera hides in the tailgate. Finally, a flip-down license plate covers the hitch receiver.
A 3-inch lift suspended from Rancho shocks looks correct atop 37×13.50 BF Goodrich KM3 mud terrain tires. The white Black Rhino Armory wheels are accented by 96 polished stainless steel flange head bolts. Custom clips mount the polished OEM vintage Mopar hubcaps. (Side note: We feel sorry for whoever is responsible for keeping these wheels clean.) RBP power steps with LED lights help passengers get in and out, and German Hella headlights and fog lights help illuminate the road, as do LED taillights.
While the outside looks like a 1965 Dodge D200, the inside doesn’t at all. From dash to front seats to all wiring and modules, the brown interior is mostly 2010 Ram Laramie. That means dual-zone climate control, Laramie electrically heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, and so on. That also means the factory-installed trailer brake controller, exhaust brake, and TPMS and ABS systems all work. Not bad for a ’65.
The inside isn’t all factory, though. Custom door panels have been made to accommodate the doors of the D200. Custom 40/40 rear seats are separated by a custom rear console. There is also an Ultrasuede headliner.
As for the audio, there’s plenty of it thanks to a 5,000-watt 18-sepaker audio system. The Alpine head unit supports Apple CarPlay and navigation, and a 10-inch subwoofer is nestled in the rear console.
The rotisserie’s painstaking restoration wouldn’t be complete without a final touch to the bed—a matching 1960s ice chest, with a Dodge badge on the side. If you’re in love – aren’t we all – with this classic Dodge mashup that reminds us of Icon’s project trucks, it’s up for grabs at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2023 event in early January.