The Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation released the Li’l Red Express Truck In 1978 one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. The Li’l Red Express was not only a real looker but these trucks were also real performers also. In 1978 The Dodge Li’l Red Express was the 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 Li’l Red Express Truck’s did not have catalytic converters what the Li’l Red Express did have was a special High Performance 360 C.I. 4-barrel small block engine code (EH1) which was a modified version of the 360 police engine (E58) 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.
The 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express 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 and there was no spare included. All 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck’s were automatics the interiors were available with a standard bench seat in red or black or with optional buckets and a fold down arm/rest console which was available both years. 1978 and some early 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck’s used the “tuff” steering wheel.
The Dodge Li’l Red Express Truck was a hit with dealers and public 2,188 were produced in 1978 making these truck’s very sought after and very valuable these days.
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