In the era of the $100,000 luxury pickup truck, there seems to be a growing number of truck enthusiasts craving some simplicity. If you’re one of them, then you’ll like today’s Autotrader Find. For sale in Wellford, South Carolina, is a 1991 Dodge Dakota with a single cab, a manual transmission, and only about 54,000 miles on the clock.
A Simpler Time
The target audience for this Dodge Dakota has changed quite a bit over the last 30 years. What was a simple, affordable truck intended for a farmer or plumber when it was new is now a dream truck for enthusiasts. It has a bench seat, no air conditioning, no tachometer, and a 2-spoke steering wheel. Some subtle modifications include a bed liner, a steering wheel cover, rubber floor mats, and a JVC head unit with a CD player.
Based on the photo gallery, this truck appears to be in outstanding condition. The red paint looks like it’s in good shape, as do the original wheels, the engine bay, and the undercarriage. There’s a tasteful stripe wrapped around the truck with subtle Dodge logos near the taillights.
Almost 100 Horsepower
Under the hood lies a 2.5-liter “K” inline-4 shared with a wide range of Chrysler vehicles from minivans to luxury sedans. It powers the rear wheels via a desirable 5-speed manual transmission, which has been getting harder to find in a pickup truck since this Dodge Dakota was new. It’s only rated at 99 horsepower, so don’t expect much heavy hauling from this truck.
It’s not much of an off-roader, it can’t do a whole lot of towing, and it doesn’t even have air conditioning. However, if you like the idea of a simple, old-school, no-nonsense pickup, then this Dodge Dakota is the time capsule you’re looking for.
With an asking price of $7,850, this is a pretty affordable way to drive a well-preserved truck that could be considered a classic. Find a Dodge Dakota for sale