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Lil’ Red Express

1978’s Lil’ Red Express Truck was one of the most unique trucks ever produced. The Lil’ Red Express was not only a real looker but also a real performer, so much so that it was named fastest American-made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by Car and Driver Magazine. Because of a loophole in the emissions regulations, the 1978 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck’s didn’t have catalytic converters, what they did have was a special high-performance 360 small block which was a modified version of the police 360 producing 225 net horsepower @ 3800 RPM. The package also included Hemi-style mufflers with a crossover pipe breathing through 2 chrome stacks located behind the cab, a special 727 transmission, and 3.55:1 rear gearing. This truck rode on GR60x15 raised white letter tires on 7-inch Chrome wheels up front and LR60x15 on 8-inch chrome wheels on the rear. 2,188 were produced in 1978 and a second edition was released for 1979, though thanks to the new government-mandated catalytic converters and other concessions, it wasn’t nearly the performer that the original was.

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