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Dodge on the Rampage in South City

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On August - 11 - 2010

dodge-rampage-leadThough is may seem like these shots are circa 1984, this super-clean Dodge Rampage was spied recently by photojournalist Dave Wallace on a trip to legendary Gotelli’s Speed Shop in South San Francisco, California. The Rampage and its 1983-only Plymouth Scamp rebrandmate were built on the Chrysler L-body platform, and shared a nose with its Dodge 024-Plymouth TC3 cousins. The Rampage was sold from 1982-84, and drove into the subcompact truck market against the Volkswagen Rabbit pickup and Subaru Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter – or BRAT. Legend has it that a few Direct Connection Shelby Rampages were built using components from a Dodge Shelby Charger. Lore says that even fewer of those got the turbocharged and intercooled version of the 2.2-liter mill under the hood. While all other Rampages were built naturally-aspirated, we know of at least one person that transplanted a 2.2 turbo mill under the hood to add street light surprise and torque steer amusement to the truck-like utility of the Rampage.

Thanks to Dave Wallace for the photos and Allpar for information on the near-mythical 1984 Dodge California Shelby Rampage.

4 Responses

  1. Brian Driggs Said,

    Win. I learned to drive stick shift in one these things.

    Go, go Gadget pickup truck!

    Posted on August 11th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  2. Abe Said,

    I’ve seen one of these with charger front sheetmetal. It made for a cool looking little ‘ute.

    Posted on August 14th, 2010 at 8:49 am

  3. jim Said,

    Imagine how many guys with guns you could pack into the bed: a Technical Rampage instead of a Toyota Hilux!

    Posted on August 15th, 2010 at 4:38 am

  4. FuzzyPlushroom Said,

    Like this one, Abe?

    Posted on August 26th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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