Ford Bronco mania have you ever hankering for a cool classic SUV from the times earlier than “SUV” was even the time period used to explain them? After they much more truck than wagon? When two doorways was the norm?
We really feel you. Nevertheless, are you additionally a little bit of a contrarian? Maybe the best alternative you possibly can make, then, is a Plymouth Trailduster like this 1974 version in a very-1974 shade of orangey bronze. Or is that bronzey orange? Both method, it seems to be sensational with its contrasting white roof and decrease trim, plus matching white inside. And sure, that roof comes off, however extra on that in a second.
The Trailduster was produced from 1974 to 1981, and was launched similtaneously its Dodge Ramcharger sibling that will reside to see a second era. Each represented Chrysler’s reply to the Chevy K5 Blazer. The unique SJ Jeep Cherokee was launched for ’74 as properly (bear in mind, youngsters, Jeep wasn’t but a Chrysler model), however the Bronco would not remodel right into a comparably massive, truck-based SUV till 1978.
Commonplace energy got here from Chrysler’s small-block 318 cu-in (5.2-liter) V8. A four-speed handbook was normal, however this truck has a three-speed computerized. For 1974, four-wheel-drive was normal, however rear-drive-only arrived the next 12 months. This truck has energy steering and brakes (entrance discs), and air con. The gasoline tank can also be new and gas system has been overhauled. The odometer reveals 18,709, however as there are solely 5 digits, it may be 118,709 miles. It seems to be in glorious form with just a few chips right here and there, whereas the promoting dealer supplies a 28-point inspection.
Now, that roof. Since this is a first-year Trailduster, it is an extra-special “full convertible” mannequin. You see, when new, the Trailduster arrived at sellers with none roof in any respect. You might get a dealer-installed cloth roof or the optionally available detachable metal roof you see right here with a flip-up rear tailgate window. For 1974 solely, nevertheless, there have been convertible-style half-doors and what seems to be the continuation of the door body is definitely trim on the roof. You’ll be able to clearly see it within the above images. With the roof completely gone, it’ll look something like this. However, you recognize, a Plymouth. It looked like this from 1975 onward.
What a cool SUV. Whereas any SUV from this period is certain to attract some eyes, it appears probably that you will draw a number of additional by going with one thing rarer like a Trailduster. That it is the full-convertible first-year mannequin in a cool colour combo is additional icing. Its asking worth of $25,900 does not appear that unreasonable given all that plus the costs K5 Blazers of an analogous classic have been going for.