Jose Louis H. sent me these great shots of an old 1971 or so Dodge D100 still working hard in Argentina. And that looks to be a similar vintage Mopar A Body in the foreground. No wonder the cat is sitting on its hood; it’s probably worried about the dog.
Dog? What dog? Ok, DO G. Those DODGE letters were always coming off. My Dodge A100 van became the ODGE along the way. And this one is now a DOG.
Nice tall cover back there. I could stand up in that.
Notice the South American Dodge pickups of this era have a slightly different quarter panel and smaller tail lights? The small dip in the belt line towards the rear is missing.
Regardless of where they are from, I really liked these trucks. I agree that Exner’s styling cures didn’t translate well to commercial vehicles, but the trucks had a certain character.
Exner’s styling cues don’t translate….. period.
Agreed that the cat looks like a Russian Blue which is uncharacteristically not in a good mood, probable because it saw the truck……
The bed was a local production and is not exactly the same as the US version in a number of details.
Yeah the Japanese makers weren’t the only one shipping cab and chassis to have a locally produced bed installed in the destination country.
A friend of mine had an early ’70s Dodge pickup that used to belong to the Florida DOT. It said “DOGE” on the hood, so the joke was “Git Along, Little Dogies”. I tried to talk him into changing it to “GOD” but he wouldn’t do it.
Such Slant Six
That front end says 66-67 to me, or maybe those built in South America continued to use this front end treatment after the American trucks got a new grille in 68.
And that cat looks positively evil.
I saw that Spanish site and they said the local D100 trucks continued to by made with the same body until 1979.
There’s another site who talk of the Argentine Town Sedan then I mentionned a long while ago. It seem it was an aftermarket conversion from what I read on this translated version of that site. https://www.taringa.net/posts/autos-motos/5627448/Dodge-D200-El-primero-en-las-Malvinas.html
That cat does not look happy.
I was looking for an actual dog in the pic when I suddenly realized that DODGE with a few letters missing spells DOG – d’oh!
I believe the cat to be a Russian Blue. They are known to be a easy going breed, but the one in the picture appears to be very irritated 😠!!
I will take a guess that the cat is sitting on a Chrysler vehicle. Possible a variation of a Valient.
Paul, any additional pictures of the green car? It would make a great mystery photo for CC.
The cat is sitting on a Ford Taunus, a virtual carbon copy of the Taunus/Cortina. Main difference is that in Argentina the Taunus was an upper segment than in Europe, and all the engines were 4 cylinder. This model was in production until 1980, and in 1981 the current European body began production, thus bypassing the intermediate design. If you can read Spanish, you have a nice history here: http://www.clubtaunus.com.ar/Historia_Taunus-Arg.htm
I don’t think the green car is a Valiant or Chrysler A body, the cowl vent / panel looks different.
It looks to me like a Ford Cortina.
Close. It´s a Taunus.
That cat looks like it was sent straight from hell.
Apparently the cat from Pet Sematary moved to Argentina.
Ditto JP… in the US the truck would be 66-67.
The aftermarket-looking taillights are interesting. Either the rear quarter panels were shipped without cutting the holes for the large D-shaped taillights, or Argentina was stamping the panels on its own.
The whole bed is a local production and differs from the US version in a number of ways. The older front end was kept on the Argentine version for some years.
Maybe the cat owned a K-Car in a prior life?
The cat is in charge of security for these vehicles and he cannot decide whether he needs to call for backup or just start clawing on the eyeballs of the camera person.
I love these fabric canopies which are common on pickups in Latin America and Thailand. They are rare in the US, and as far as I know only available in cab-height from a couple of manufacturers targeting the recreational, not utilitarian, market.
Those canvas canopies were called “tilt” and were very common in the 50’s and 60’s, once the canvas died only Hispanics ever seemed to bother replacing them .
_Very_ handy when doing actual hauling .