Dodge A Series Compact
This Month’s History Flashback
The Dodge A-Series compact trucks: A-100 and A-108
Dodge's first compact trucks - the A-100, or Forward Control
line - were brought out in 1964, with the A-100 van coming out
first; 10,252 vans were sold in their first two months. The A-100
vans and wagons were popular, but the pick-ups based on
them were not quite as impressive in sales.
came from the
design, where the driver was close to the edge of the front
bumper. These trucks and vans were sold under both Dodge
and Fargo brands. The engine was between the driver and
passenger, where it would remain in the B-vans; the vans
themselves were short (90 inch wheelbase), but packaging kept
them useful. A 108 inch wheelbase model, the A108, was
brought out in 1967; it was popular as the basis for camper conversions.
One of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars, brought out in 1968,
was based on the Deora show car (below), which was derived
from the A-trucks.
Bill “Maverick” Golden drove a modified A-100 truck with a
nitro-powered 426 Hemi (Little Red Wagon) and discovered it
would stand up on its rear wheels, as the power overcame the
weight of the chassis; he created “wheel standing,” a popular
exhibition act that lasted for decades.
No actual Hemi A-100 or A-108 trucks were ever sold; most
were powered by the slant six engine, ranging from 101 to 145
hp (gross, topping out at perhaps roughly 110 horsepower net),
with the LA V8 becoming an option in 1965 (first the 273, later
Can you say Hot Wheels?
Penned by the California-based Harry Bradley and
constructed by the Alexander Brothers of Detroit, the famous
Deora was honored with the coveted Ridler Award in 1967.
The subject of numerous models, it has since been fully
restored to show quality.
The Deora is based on the compact Dodge A100 pick-up. The
back hatch of a 1960 Ford station wagon served as the
windshield. It was chopped, sectioned, and channeled to
create the fully functional, futuristic-looking pick-up. The
engine was moved rearward, out of the cab and into the bed
and covered by the hard tonnueau.
Entrance into the
lifting up the
lower gate and
Check out more photos below and a video slide show from
RM Auctions, where this vehicle was last offered for sale.
Don’t Miss The Video Slide Show Below
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