Pickup trucks may be all the rave today, but several decades ago, they were nothing more than workhorses meant for a plethora of blue-collar jobs.
But as time went by, the pickup trucks of yesteryear are now seen as classic vehicles as well. So much so that some of these old school work trucks are being restored into pristine levels of condition. Some even fetch for a high price, depending on how rare they are or how meticulously they have been taken care of.
Mopar wants to make their own take of such a vehicle with this, the Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream finished Lowliner Concept. Based on a 1968 Dodge D200 pickup truck, the Lowliner is an homage to classic truck restorations, albeit with some not-so-traditional modifications put in.
For starters, the front axle of the concept has been moved 3-inches forward, pushing the front wheels closer to the corners. It even has an air suspension with three modes; low, driving height, and driving height plus. The stock hood has been replaced by a custom power-tilt front end which hides the 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine that is mated to a six-speed manual floor-mounted shifter.
Custom wheel designs are also present on the Lowliner and they come with a 'smoothie' look. According to Mopar, these mimic the stamped wheels of the late '60s which further give it an old-school flair. The front wheels measure 22 inches and are wrapped in 285/35/R22 tires. Meanwhile, the rear set also measures 22 inches but comes with wider 325/35/R22 rubber for a more muscular look.
Gone also are the old school headlights. In their stead are 7-inch LED headlights that look period correct but deliver better night-time visibility. The taillights, meanwhile, are integrated within the pickup truck itself for a clean and subtle finish.
Mopar did not forget to dress up the Lowliner's interior as well. Keeping with the old meets new theme, they mixed the old school aesthetics of the D200 with a custom orange-amber Blazing Saddle Tan leather upholstery. Custom-tailored tan carpets adorn the floor of the Lowliner while the headliner is also trimmed in leather with a Mopar Omega 'M' logo stitched onto it.
For something that was built more than 50 years ago, Mopar was able to bring the Dodge D200 into the modern age with a fresh coat of paint, tweaking the suspension, and giving it a more vibrant interior. Perhaps Mopar can soon do this to classic truck owners that want their old workhorse to look and feel more modern.