Die-hard fans of the Chrysler Group might already know that the Walter P. Chrysler museum recently closed its doors to the visiting public. Fortunately, our RamZone writers made it over in time to take one last look around. They gathered pictures and other content for use in an ongoing Heritage series meant to preserve on a digital platform the fascinating history of Ram Trucks.
For the first of our “museum” posts, we’re spotlighting the 1949 Dodge Half-Ton Pickup with “Pilot House” Cab. Here’s how the museum described it:
“Dodge’s first postwar light and medium-duty trucks featured an industry-leading ‘pilot house’ cab, a colorful term reflecting the cab’s increased height and larger glass area that provided improved driver visibility. Engines in these well-received new trucks were shifted forward and the front axle set back, resulting in a shorter wheelbase, wider front track and improved over-all weight distribution. Higher and wider cargo bed sides increased load-carrying capacity by 40 percent over previous models.”
According to the museum, the green beauty pictured here is in “original, unrestored condition” and has just 28,500 miles showing on its odometer. Not bad for a truck over 60 years old!
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