October 12, 2012
COLUMBUS GROVE —Dodge rolled out the Lil’ Red Express Truck in 1978, and it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks produced. Not only did it have the looks, but the truck was a performer too. In 1978, the Dodge Lil’ Red Express was the fastest American made vehicle tested by Car and Driver magazine. Yes, this meant it was faster than Chevy’s Corvette and Pontiac’s Trans Am. Car and Driver loved the truck bragging, “Hauling hay during the week and drag racing on the weekends.” From day one, these trucks had a cult-like following. With the success of the 1978 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck, production was increased for the 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck. Most of the features remained unchanged, with the exception of flat hood and dual square headlights replacing the round versions on the 1978 Dodge. Some say the Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck was the last American Hot Rod to roll off the assembly line in the late 1970s.
Bob and Irene Warren, of Columbus Grove, brought their 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Truck to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. They bought it brand new off the lot in 1979, and have taken care of it for 32 years. They enjoy taking it out for a spin, and going to car shows. They took it to Minnesota once, even though it took a lot of gas.