First pickup trucks made
Until recent years, whenever you heard the brand Ram, it was synonymous with Dodge. It was always Dodge Ram pickup trucks, never just Ram. Well, when things changed in 2009 and Ram became its own entity under the Chrysler Corporation, things changed for the well-known, highly capable pickup truck line. Ram offers everything from light duty pickup trucks to full-fledged heavy duty pickups and fleet vehicles. In understanding the future of Ram and other pickup truck manufacturers, though, it’s important to know where we’ve been and where we came from. For that reason, for Flashback Friday, we’re taking a look at the first pickup trucks made under the Ram namesake.
The first pickup truck made using the Ram name was in 1981. This model of pickup truck was created under the Dodge Ram name through 1993, when the vehicle was redesigned to be more powerful and capable.
In 1981, there weren’t nearly as many technological advancements as there are today, so things like satellite radio, trailer sway control and blind spot sensors weren’t even a possibility. What was prevalent in the first pickup trucks made by Dodge Ram manufacturers was power. These vehicles were one-of-a-kind, powerful, sturdy vehicles that were somewhat new to the automotive industry. Dodge was making pickup trucks since World War 1, but the pickup truck of today that we know and love was really developed much later.
The 1981 Ram pickup truck was named for the signature Ram hood ornaments often found on Dodge vehicles in the 1930s, which will become a staple in recognizing the brand later on.
The earliest Ram pickup trucks in 1981 were equipped with a 3.7L engine that generated 95 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Imagine towing the boat to the lake with that!
The Ram of 1981 was a lot more boxy than today’s Ram pickups, and a lot less powerful and equipped, but there’s just something nostalgic about an old pickup truck. Don’t you think?
What was your first memory of a pickup truck? Was it with a Dodge Ram model?