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Dodge unveiled the half-ton Sweptside pickup in 1957, its style leader of the Power Giants truck line. Unlike most pickups at that time, the Sweptside was not mass produced on an assembly line but put together within a “special equipment” section. MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this 1957 D100 Sweptside half-ton pickup, one of 5,264 built in Chrysler’s Warren, Michigan factory starting in May 1957.
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In 1955, Chevrolet had lobbed a hand grenade into the American pickup truck market with its Cameo Carrier model, the forefather of today’s “lifestyle” trucks. Ford responded in 1957 with its restyled third-generation F-series pickups featuring FlareSide and StyleSide beds and the half-car/half-truck Ranchero. Where did that leave Dodge?
After 20 years of staid, safe styling, Chrysler Corporation exploded with the Forward Look in 1957. The company treated the pickup trucks to it, too, so that they were “Straight Out of Tomorrow!”
Finished in a striking Bermuda Coral and Glacier White combination, this truck’s paint and trim are in overall very good condition. Complementing the wraparound windshield is a large, wraparound rear window. The trucks featured Frenched or “hooded” headlights to evoke a sense of motion even while stationary, and tailfins courtesy of Dodge’s two-door station wagon model, all astride a 116-inch wheelbase. The Sweptside truck bed is identical to the regular D100 beds except for four more holes on the sidewalls for additional bolts to fasten the tailfins to the bed walls. This truck’s bodywork is original and solid.
The engine bay is extremely tidy, the chrome bumpers are in very good order and the truck’s metal bed is in very good condition. The rear-hinged hood opens to either 45º for typical servicing or 90º for full accessibility. This truck wears bias-ply, wide whitewall tires at all four corners, mounted on steel wheels and topped by deluxe factory wheel covers. The tires are in good, original condition while the wheel covers are in very good overall shape.
Under the hood is Dodge’s 230 CID Flathead inline six-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission and either a 4.1:1 or 3.73:1 rear end.
Inside, the truck’s “Pilot House” Custom cab is in overall great condition. The bench seat is in very good order and upholstered in a Houndstooth pattern with white vinyl sides on the back and lower cushions. A black section of carpet is in similar condition, while a black headliner is above the driver. A three-spoke, black steering wheel faces the driver, who gets in to see a white, metal instrument panel with a full array of gauges. The dash and inner door panels are all in very good order. The glovebox was moved to the center of the dashboard to give the driver a shorter reach while he could turn a knob on the end of a handle to adjust the handbrake.
Joe Berr, Dodge Truck’s special equipment sales manager, is credited with creating the Sweptside. Reportedly, he visited a Dodge car plant and borrowed a pair of rear fenders from a two-door Dodge station wagon. He had them welded to a long-wheelbase 1957 Dodge Custom Cab half-ton pickup, bolted on a station wagon rear bumper, cut the tailgate to fit the fenders and made chrome trim moldings to continue the styling on the truck’s front fenders. Berr had final touches added – two-tone paint, deluxe wheel covers and wide whitewall tires – and Dodge had its Cameo Carrier competition. One owner of a 1959 Sweptside believes there are fewer than 75 1957 Sweptsides remaining today.
If you are a classic truck collector and looking for something less common than a late 50s Chevy or Ford half-ton truck, you should do yourself a favor and visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars to review this beautiful, survivor truck.
VIN: K6D100 82429057
This truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 89,573 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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