Owner: Dave Holmes
1958 Dodge-100 Sweptside ½ Ton Pick-Up
This Dodge D-100 Sweptside is one of approximately 2,500 made between 1957 and 1959. It was Dodge's competitive answer to the Chevy Cameo and the Ford Ranchero. The truck VIN numbers are not in sequence. When they needed to make another one, they would pull a vehicle off the assembly line regardless of color or engine or transmission and modify it to the Sweptside standards.
These trucks were designed to be functional yet stylish. The standard truck cab and the wood bed were the functional aspects. The fins, from the Dodge two-door Suburban Station Wagon, were added as part of the late-50's explosion of larger-than-life sheet metal and stainless.
I found this truck in Seattle in 2000, but it was originally brought in from Canada. It is a 315 V-8 with a four-speed transmission. I had a frame-off restoration done that took 14 months. Factory equipment and options include the hood ornament, an ashtray, headlight housings, chrome bumpers and grill, stainless moldings, interior cab light, front and back bumperettes with back-up lights inset into the back pair, and dual-speed windshield wipers with washer.
It is estimated that only about 10% of the original 2,500 are left.