Cummins-Powered Dodge Power Wagon Is Selling For Crazy Money

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You could buy three Ram 1500 TRX trucks for the same amount.

Last year, Ram celebrated the 75th anniversary of the iconic Dodge Power Wagon, the first mass-produced 4x4 truck, with the limited-edition Power Wagon 75th Anniversary Edition based on the Ram 2500. But now you can buy an actual 1940s Dodge Power Wagon on Bring a Trailer, albeit one that's been heavily modified by Desert Power Wagons, a company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, that specializes in restoring vintage Power Wagons.

The first thing you'll notice is that this 1949 Dodge Power Wagon has an extended cab to make room for custom-made rear-hinged suicide rear doors before the truck was repainted in black. The white oak bed floor is also stained and varnished.

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The custom Dodge Power Wagon rides on 17-inch bronze wheels wrapped in 40-inch Toyo M/T Open Country tires and is also upgraded with King coil-over shocks with remote reservoirs. Four-wheel disc brakes with red-painted calipers provide the stopping power.

Under the hood is a rebuilt 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six with a polished crankshaft. As part of the rebuild, the turbocharger, pistons, manifolds, pumps, and seals were all replaced. The turbodiesel is mated to a four-speed 48RE automatic transmission. Other upgrades include an NP271 dual-range transfer case, two custom driveshafts, and a Dana 60 front axle with Yukon Gear locking hubs.

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Inside, there's room for five occupants, who sit in power-adjustable black leather seats sourced from a Cadillac CTS with red contrast stitching. The interior tech is also upgraded to modern standards, so you get a digital instrument cluster, climate control, an alarm system, power windows, and a Pioneer sound system with navigation and Bluetooth.

In a neat touch, the steering wheel has a 1949 Franklin half-dollar coin in the horn button. According to the odometer, the Power Wagon has been driven 1,400 miles since it was rebuilt. At the time of writing, the Cummins-powered Power Wagon has a high bid of $230,000 - you could buy three Ram 1500 TRX trucks for the same sum and still have some spare change.

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