We all know the definition of a good pickup. It’s a sturdy and stout body on frame vehicle with at least some kind of a bed capable of towing cargo. The more cargo it can tow, the better. Some would say it’s what every average pickup has and they’d be right. That’s what pickup trucks were intended for after all. Not to mention the revolution they started in the automotive world when they first appeared.
This list will emphasize on something different. it didn’t take long for manufacturers to figure out they could start experimenting with the pickup truck layout. When they started, they opened up the Pandora’s box. All kinds of awkward pickup trucks started appearing on the roads from seventies onward, and they still do. Most of them are performance versions of their conventional siblings, but that’s not the only way to make an outrageous truck. Some of them are luxurious beyond pickup truck’s usual requirements making them effectively unusable as pickups. Finally, some are so expensive that very few people have the means to buy them. That certainly makes them outrageous. Does it also make them great? I’d say it does. At least in most cases.
Dodge Rod Hall Signature Edition
Years: 1986 and 1990
Rod Hall Signature Edition was a part of Dodge Ram’s first generation. Famous off-road racer Rod Hall teamed up with Dodge in order to make a custom edition pickup, thus continuing automaker’s tradition of offering low-series special edition trucks. They produced 14 in 1986 and 1987, but they weren’t really in accordance with NHTSA standards due to their high and stiff racing suspension. NHTSA recalled all of them and only 9 survived to make the re-entry. However, Hall tried again in 1990 when he teamed up with Carroll Shelby, and this time they produced 33 of the Signature Edition pickup trucks. They only packed 170 horses thanks to 318ci 5.2L LA V8, but they did have a unique three-tone paint scheme, bed-mounted lightbar, and Rod Hall off-road lights.