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Ultra rare collectible square body trucks?

Discussion in 'Tech Discussion' started by Matt69olds, May 15, 2019.

  1. Matt69olds

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    This is the first of several threads I will start on this subject. Anyone with The slightest interest in anything automotive, and with a pulse, is most likely aware of how rare/desirable cars like the 71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, ZL1 or Z-28 Camaro, LS-6 Chevelle, W-30 442, etc, were there ever trucks that fit the same criteria? Just curious
     
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    Dodge had piles of special trucks. I’m not sure any are really that rare though. I do know when you’ve got Don Knotts representing for you, you’ve reached the top. B3D1E084-36A9-4E2C-96D3-E6104A8D0ED1.jpeg
     
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    People will say there is no such thing as a rare Squarebody and I say while that may be true there are rare options. A thread yesterday about the NP833 tranny optioned trucks comes to mind. In Eastern NC I've never seen a crew cab square or a long bed stepper. My K10 is the only NP833 optioned rig I've ever laid eyes on. Hell, here a rust free Squarebody is a rare thing in itself.
     
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    I know the 3/4 ton truck is not a rare breed, but I know my particular truck is rare nowadays because it is a numbers matching truck with minimal molestation done to it.
     
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    Rare and getting rarer! (I'm not sure if that's actually a word.)
     
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    I know of the Dodge Lil Red Express trucks. Chevy also had a pace truck for the 500 in the early 90s if I remember. Maybe there are others? As far as options, I would think of a option or trim package is rare, that means either expensive, or undesirable.
     
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    Those cars you mentioned were performance oriented limited availability models targeted at a specific buyer. Depending on the buyer, or your ability to sell, the rare sticker / paint package trucks like that dodge up above are rare in the sense that they look a little different, not generally any major differences or performance gains to warrant a collector price.

    A few of the squares you might want to look into are:
    Beau James
    Gentleman Jim
    Pace Trucks
    Spirit of 76
    Desert Fox
    Sarge
    Blazer Chalet

    Also any Choo Choo customs trucks are a rare sight anymore.

    Problem with this might be finding the resto parts to make em right again
     
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    The 8' step side box comes to mind...
     
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    The cars you listed, are both rare, and desirable.

    So with that said, most trucks are not both rare and desirable. Mainly because they were mass produced, and most people lump them all together anyway. And most don't have truly special engines or parts. Mostly they are trim packages.

    So i agree with Crispy's list above me, and I'd add the Big 10 because you could get a 1/2 ton shortbed with a factory big block.

    I know a guy with a Pacer "Limited". It has leather, a V8, power everything, and is pretty rare. It's in top notch condition, excellent, unrestored, all original. It's worth about 5k, tops, eventually. Because you have to find someone who wants one. Much easier with a ZL1 Camaro.

    For me, I just want a solid truck. I'll do what I want for the drivetrain.
     
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    Somewhere on this site, exists a thread discussing all the special package trucks. It's worth a look if you aren't familiar with most of them.
     
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    I have one of those trans in my truck. Never knew they were a thing until I saw the one in mine. There isn't anything else special about my truck. It's a custom deluxe with a 305 and 2.73 rear end. I've seen a few long bed step sides for sale, almost bought one years ago.
     
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    Also can't forget about the ext. Cab squares. I've seen one on the local CL along with one long step side.
     
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    Like that fully optioned truck that @Hotrod posted the other day?
     
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    One of the facts that we need to keep in mind is that these are trucks. Not like trucks today that are glorified SUVs, but they were utility vehicles mostly marketed to people and businesses who needed a vehicle to do work. Aside from some marketing and trim packages these things were ordered à La Carte. You ordered a cab and chassis and everything else was optional. You want bumpers? That's extra. Spare tire? Extra. Want a mount for the spare? There's a code for that. Bed? You'll have to pick that too.

    Even if you got a Silverado package it was carpets, moldings and trim. Power windows? Extra. Power locks? Needed to spec them too. Didn't include air conditioning either.

    So in their own way, they are each unique. Depending on the shape they're in, their greater value is probably in being minimally molested and having better options. But desirability does not equal collectability. I doubt you'll ever see Barrett-Jackson doing a big dollar "barn-find" auction, or a major magazine doing a cover story about a rare Squarebody.
     
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