Dodge A100

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Dodge A100
Dodge A100
ManufacturerChrysler Corporation
Production1964–1970
SuccessorDodge B-series
ClassCompact pickup truck
Compact van
Body style(s)2-door pickup truck
2-door van
PlatformMR
Engine(s)170 in³ Slant-6 I6
225 in³ Slant-6 I6
273 in³ LA V8
318 in³ LA V8
A100 Custom Sportsman

The A100 (or Forward Control) line was a family of compact vans and trucks produced by Chrysler and sold under the Dodge and Fargo brands from 1964 through 1970, competing with the Ford Econoline and Chevy Van, all inspired by the Volkswagen Type 2. It included a pickup truck and van, both with a "cab forward" design unusual in passenger vehicles. The nose was flat, with the engine placed between the driver and passenger, who sat above the front axle. These unibody vehicles used a short, 90-inch (2,286 mm) wheelbase. An A108 was also available from 1967 to 1970, with a longer 108 inch wheelbase. The A108 was very popular with camper conversion companies.

A Canadian Fargo camper conversion

A substantially modified, Hemi-powered A100 pickup called the "Little Red Wagon" driven by Bill "Maverick" Golden was a popular drag strip attraction in the 1960s through the early 2000s.

Another substantially modified A100 pickup, designed by Harry Bentley Bradley, was the basis for the Deora show car, also one of the 16 original 1968 Hot Wheels cars. In the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the 5 teens are traveling in a passenger van, with the second row removed. In the animated film Cars, the minor character "Rusty Rust-Eze" is a heavily rusted A100. A 1967 A100 was also featured in a one-hour 2006 episode of the TLC network reality television series, Overhaulin'.

Engines

  • 1964-1966 170 in³ (2.8 L) Slant-6, 101 hp (75 kW)
  • 1970 198 in³ (3.2 L) Slant-6, 125 hp (93 kW)
  • 1964-1970 225 in³ (3.7 L) Slant-6, 145 hp (108 kW)
  • 1965-1966 273 in³ (4.5 L) LA V8
  • 1967-1970 318 in³ (5.2 L) LA V8210hp

L-Series trucks

From 1966 to 1971, Dodge built L-Series medium-duty Cabover Engine trucks based on the A-100.

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