The Mopar Lowliner Concept, which makes its debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas next week, is a stunning reimagining of a 1968 Dodge D200 Sweptline pickup that was purchased in Ohio for $6,800.
The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Parts Division, aka Mopar, decided to overhaul the truck’s frame, push the front axle forward and lift the cargo bed to create a distinctly retro/modern two-tone pickup painted in Candied Delmonico Red and Dairy Cream. Mopar design chief Joe Dehner also chose to lose the door handles, fuel filler cap, and radio antenna.
The truck also features custom wheels that resemble embossed steel pieces from the 1960s. The wheels, which measure 22 inches and are 9.5 inches wide in front and 11 inches in the rear, have been fitted in the back by extending the wheel wells by five inches on each side. Instead of revamping the original headlights, Mopar added seven-inch LED headlamps and custom taillights. The designers also replaced the original hood with a front end that inclines with power assist. Inside there’s a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine.
A boxed version of the original C-channel frame has been installed and the cargo bed has been lifted six inches by welding in a panel from a Ram 1500. The pickup, which rides on an air suspension with three modes, can either be dropped, raised or driven at normal height.
Inside, the truck has a bench seat with distressed Blazing Saddle Tan leather upholstery and a leather headliner with Mopar M emblem stitching. A floor-mounted gear shift with a metal-flake grip controls the six-speed manual transmission. The original instrument panel has been replaced with seven custom gauges in an engine-turned panel, yet the '68 Dodge's original steering wheel remains intact.
The Dodge D/W series was a range of pickup trucks sold by Dodge from 1961 to 1993. The same basic design was kept until the 1994 introduction of the redesigned Ram. The 1968 Dodge D200 Sweptline pickup differed from previous models by incorporating a new front grille with two rows of four holes each, a padded front seat with vinyl trim and carpeting. Like previous models, the generation was built in South Africa.