1953 Dodge Power Wagon Shares a Strange Thing With the Rolls-Royce Spectre: Its Price

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The Rolls-Royce Spectre is the most recent luxury land yacht made over in Britain. On the market for less than a year, the model is at the top of its game in terms of everything, and that's reflected in the thing's sale price: about $422,000. Which, coincidently, is about as much as the owner of this 1953 Dodge Power Wagon thinks his truck is worth.
I know, comparing a decades-old American workhorse with the finest jewel of a British carmaker is not exactly a fair approach, but I just had to do it just to give you an idea of how sure certain Americans are of how valuable the cars in their possession are.

The Power Wagon is a nameplate that was all the rage in Dodge's lineup for decades between 1945 and 1980s. Still offered as a trim for modern-day Ram trucks, the moniker was initially applied to a family of medium-duty machines that somehow still captivate American minds to this day.

There is no shortage of Power Wagons from the old days on the market today, and they often sell at auction in original, restored, or customized state. Most of the time they exchange hands for impressive but in no way exaggerated sums of money.

The owner of this 1953 example however is asking a minimum of $350,000 for it, but has hopes bidding for it even land in the $450,000 range. Quite a fortune to pay for a truck that, impressive as it may be, seems to lack anything to make it truly special: things like a connection to someone famous, or some piece of equipment no other truck has, or why not, even some race wins, if you can imagine that.

The Power Wagon is your regular crew cab painted red (like so many others) on the outside and black on the inside. A custom wood bed at the rear and a fabric slider-top seem to be the only visual upgrades worth mentioning. Oh, there's also a 16,500 pounds (7,484 kg) winch installed up front.

The interior, wrapped in leather, has bucket seats up front and a bench at the rear, but the most impressive bit about it is the large-format touchscreen made by Pioneer and installed smack down in the middle of the dashboard.

The truck rides high on GT wheels shod in 39-inch BF Goodrich tires. Behind them sit Wilwood disc brakes, Bilstein shocks, and Warn axle hubs.

The wheels (all four of them) spin under the power provided by a Cummins 2.8-liter diesel engine tied to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. No power ratings are provided, but we have been informed that the engine is turbocharged.

The 1953 Dodge Power Wagon, a brand new build executed by an unnamed garage, is going under the hammer with the insane reserve on May 17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Auction house Mecum is the one tasked with finding a new owner for it, and we'll be all over the event to see if someone else thinks the truck is worth as much as its owner believes.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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