The History of the Dodge Ram

History

The Dodge Ram continues today as a highly popular retro-styled truck that has taken on almost tractor-trailer-rig proportions. Its 1980s models were almost dowdy in comparison with Ford and Chevrolet, but Dodge scored a coup in 1994 with its new look featuring protruding fenders, a raised hood similar to the 1950s models and a sleeker-designed cab.

Significance

Its retro-style look is a unique and a fresh take on truck styling.

Identification

Its crosshair-style front grille, logo of a ram's head and wide front fenders set it apart from its competitors.

Types

Among the versions are the 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton models, with the HD, or "heavy duty," versions for heavier work.

Features

The 2009 Ram 1500s come with either a 6.4- or an 8-foot bed, with three trim levels that provide all-power accessories, 17-inch alloy rims, a bed liner and a folding rear seat.

Size

The 1500 model is 209 inches long on a 120-inch wheelbase and is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 generating 210 horsepower.

Fun Fact

Chuck Norris drove a 1993 Dodge Ram in the television series "Walker, Texas Ranger." The Chrysler-owned Dodge Ram, introduced in 1981, is a throwback to Dodge's early existence, when the truck maker used a Ram's head as a hood ornament to signify the tough nature and durability of its truck. Use of the ram was discontinued in the post-war era but was chosen to represent a new line of trucks as a nod to its past.