Pickup trucks are one of the definitive American car classes. Even if they weren’t invented in the U.S., it was there they were perfected, gaining enormous popularity. Another typical American car class is the muscle car segment. So, it was just a matter of time before muscle cars and pickup truck crossed paths to create an interesting muscle truck hybrid class.
Even though you might be familiar with the recent models, such as the Ram SRT-10 or Ford Raptor, muscle trucks date way back to the â60s during the original muscle car era. So, keep reading to find out more about the 17 most interesting and infamous hot rod trucks. These are the special pickups that can tow and carry big loads, while also burning rubber.
Dodge D-Series High-Performance Package
Back in the early ’60s, the Dodge lineup of trucks was behind Ford and Chevrolet. That was because their competitors offered newer models, more options, and wider engine choices. But Dodge didn’t give up. Instead, they introduced an interesting special edition, available from 1964 to 1966, that took the pickup world by storm.
They called it their High-Performance Package and it featured a lot of go-faster goodies from Mopar. First, there was the mighty 426 Wedge V8 engine with 375 HP. At the moment, it was the biggest, most powerful engine they ever installed in a pickup truck. Also, it came with bucket seats in the interior, a 6,000 rpm tachometer, racing stripes and a high-performance transmission.