Chrysler started promoting Dodge-badged Mitsubishis approach again within the 1971 mannequin 12 months, when the Mitsubishi Colt Galant grew to become identified right here as the Dodge Colt. Later within the decade, a Plymouth Arrow-badged version of the Mitsubishi Triton small pickup appeared right here, together with a Dodge model often called the D-50 and — a number of years later — the Ram 50. As soon as Mitsubishi started promoting the identical vehicles right here as Mighty Maxes, beginning within the 1983 mannequin 12 months, the Ram 50 did not appear fairly so particular… after which the Dakota made its debut for the 1987 mannequin 12 months. Nonetheless, when the Triton went to its second technology that very same 12 months, Chrysler continued promoting it because the Ram 50. Here is a kind of second-generation vehicles, present in a Denver-area self-service yard final month.
At this level, GM had lengthy since stopped promoting Isuzu Fasters with Chevrolet LUV emblems, as had Ford with the Courier-badged Mazda Proceed (after creating the all-American S-10 and Ranger, respectively). The choice-makers at Chrysler, nonetheless, calculated that the Ram 50 might seize some gross sales from Dodge truck consumers who felt that the Dakota was too massive for his or her wants; consequently, the Ram 50 stayed on sale right here by way of 1994. The final Mighty Maxes rolled out of American Mitsubishi showrooms in 1996.
The 6G72 V6 engine grew to become accessible in four-wheel-drive Ram 50s a number of years after this truck was constructed, however in 1987 all Ram 50s got here with both the two.Zero-liter 4G63 Sirius or 2.6-liter Astron four-banger. This truck has the bottom Sirius, rated at 92 horsepower. Bear in mind when new vehicles got here with double-digit horsepower rankings?
Most American-market small pickups nonetheless had handbook transmissions through the center 1980s, although that may change in a rush with the daybreak of the 1990s and the drop in slushbox costs. This one has the bottom five-speed.
Simply barely 100,000 miles on the clock, very uncommon for a junkyard pickup of this age (particularly one with a thick coat of brush-applied white home paint on the tailgate). Possibly the speedometer cable broke 25 years in the past.
You do not see many rear-wheel-drive pickups with roll bars.
These different Japanese imports hallucinated the Ram 50 in alarming methods.
In the event you most well-liked Mitsubishi emblems on the grille of your new ’87 truck, the Mighty Max was prepared for you.