Camper-Shelled 1993 Dodge Ram Goes for $50K, Double What It Sold For New

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It’s not everyday one comes across a pickup truck in its original condition, and with so few miles it could be considered almost new. When that happens, people are willing to pay much more for one than it was originally worth.
The 1993 Dodge Ram we have here is a perfect example of such an occurrence. Having spent its entire life in the possession of a single owner, this truck is all original and has just 33,000 miles (53,000 km) on it. That would mean it was used on average for a little over 1,200 miles (1,931 km) for each year of its life.

Combined with the way it looks, the low mileage made someone pay $50,500 for it during a Bring a Trailer auction that concluded on Monday, December 28. For reference, the thing cost around $15,000 back when it was made, which would be around $26,000 in today’s (adjusted) money.

So, what is this truck all about?

The two-tone white and silver machine immediately stands out from the crowd thanks to the quirky camper shell placed over the bed, allegedly by the selling dealer. A lot of windows can be seen there, giving the entire thing an almost hearse-like appearance when looked at from the right (or wrong) angle.

The 16-inch wheels the truck is fitted with get their power from a Cummins inline-six diesel engine, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range transfer case. The 5.9-liter unit was originally rated at 160 horsepower and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm) of torque, and probably most of that power is still there.

The interior is as it used to be when new, sporting all the original hardware and materials. There are bucket seats and dashboard in sad-looking colors, the original instrumentation, and modern amenities such as air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows.

On the upside, the buyer got the 1992 sales documentation, manufacturer’s literature, service records since new, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Utah title in the owner’s name. It remains to be seen whether all this will help them make a profit when they decide to sell it once more.
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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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