1963 Dodge W200 Power Wagon With Numbers-Matching V8 Proudly Displays Battle Scars

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One of Dodge's most iconic nameplates, the Power Wagon can be split into three distinct lines. First, we have the original one-ton hauler based on the company's WC-series military trucks. It arrived in 1945 and soldiered on through the 1970s. Second, there's the modern Power Wagon, essentially a Ram pickup with enhanced off-road capability. Finally, there's the light- and medium-duty series produced from 1957 to 1980.
The latter arrived in 1957 when Dodge introduced the four-wheel-drive versions of the C-series pickups and Town Wagon vans. The light-duty trucks were designated W100 and W200, while the one-ton iterations were sold as the W300, W400, W500, and W600.

While not as popular as their Ford and Chevrolet counterparts, which dominated the segment, the Power Wagons made a name for themselves as capable and rugged haulers. As the years went by, they became popular with the restomod crowd, and the market is now flooded with cool trucks riding on modern underpinnings. And it seems highly original survivors are hard to find.

If you're in the market for an old-school and mostly unaltered Power Wagon, this 1963 D200 Power Wagon is looking for a new home from Champlain, New York. It's not a fully-fledged survivor, and it's not a pristine restoration either, but it has quite a few things to brag about.

The reason I can't call this pickup a survivor is that it was repainted once, and its engine was reportedly rebuilt at some point. But other than that, this hauler is as original as they get. No sheet metal has been changed over the years, while the 318-cubic-inch (5.2-liter) V8 engine is of the numbers-matching variety. And needless to say, this 215-horsepower "Poly" unit is a great alternative to the 225-cubic-inch (3.7-liter) slant-six that came standard in these trucks.

Despite the repaint, the Power Wagon looks weathered. That's probably because the red coating was applied many years ago. The body panels are far from perfect, but there's not much to write home about except for a few dings, scratches, and minor rust spots. By the way, even though it's in New York right now, this pickup spent much of its life in California.

The D200 rides on newer tires and features a more modern dual exhaust. It's also fitted with a 10,000-pound-rated Braden PTO winch, and it runs and drives like it should. As the owner puts it, it's a very solid truck that "can be driven and used as is or taken to the next level."

I must admit I like how it looks right now because dings and scratches are at home on a workhorse. But this truck is more than worthy of a proper restoration despite not being a super rare or very valuable classic. Speaking of which, the Power Wagon is being sold at no reserve with bidding at $7,300 as of this writing. Would you drive it as is or give it a refresh?
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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