39. Dodge Lil’ Red Express
The secret of the Lil’ Express Truck and its importance lies in the strict limitations of the late ’70s that robbed V8 engines of their power. Dodge found an interesting loophole in the regulations that declared pickup trucks didn’t have to have catalytic converters. This meant Dodge could install a more powerful engine and have it breathe easier to deliver more punch than previous models or competitors (via Dodge Connection).
That’s how the Lil’ Express Truck came to be. Dodge took a standard D Series short bed truck and added a 360 V8 engine. Next, they added big truck-like stacked exhaust pipes right behind the doors. They also installed a durable automatic transmission with a red color scheme.