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As far as I know at least one truck is in Europe. A guy from Finland imported it from the States.

When I was a kid I had a picture of Big Horn cut from some old Russian magazine. It was small and black and white but I too liked the truck. Didn't know they were so few in number produced. I think the magazine was issued in 1977 or so.

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Never in the history of commercial trucks has a vehicle produced in such small numbers enjoyed so much popularity.

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1 hour ago, kscarbel2 said:

Never in the history of commercial trucks has a vehicle produced in such small numbers enjoyed so much popularity.

and the one that i got to make one trip in was a pleasure to drive

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the bottom one sure does look like its a peterbilt underneath.

 

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l'd trade my MB and trailer for that red one! ha   .....Hippy

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7 hours ago, h67st said:

A guy has this for sale on ATHS, says it's a factory prototype. No price listed, probably very cabbagey.

https://www.aths.org/advertising-with-aths/adbuilder/list

 

Beautiful one of a kind Bighorn!

Found it on Hemmings for sale. You got that right a whole crop of cabbage. New cab and all, must have been outside at Chrysler plant for the 35 years until sold in 2010 to need a new cab and full restoration.  I would really like to have it but way out of my ballpark. Price: $149,000 Firm

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From what I've read, sounds like Chrysler had a lot of unsold big trucks and cabs when they quit selling big trucks in 1975. A lot of them went into Chrysler's own interplant transport and maintenance fleets at the proving grounds and such. With an adequate supply of spare cabs to replace rusted ones, I suspect some of these 70s Dodge trucks were still in use until Daimler took over and replaced everything with Freightliners in the 90s. The truck offered for sale is probably one of the ones that came up for sale as a result of the 2010 bankruptcy.

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I liked them.  Always wanted a Dodge C series or a Mack R-400 with the 'EN-414" Dodge 413 gas V-8.

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12 hours ago, RoadwayR said:

No Bighorn 900.  Instead they came up with real winners like the Plymouth Volare and Dodge Aspen.  I thought they could have gone after all the Diamond Reo and Brockway dealers and given them medium-heavy Dodge franchises, phase out all domestic car production and replace them with Mitsubishi imports, kept the Ram pickup and van, and gone after Jeep.  Dodge even had a great medium duty in the 1974-1977 D500-800.  It was a tough good handling truck that had a big enough hood to take a Caterpillar 3208 (a few were actually built in 1977).  I liked driving them.

All they needed were dealers.  In all of California I only remember 2 handling the big trucks, the Dodge Truck Center in Downey and Moss Brothers in Riverside.

In 1977, the U.S. Armor Engineer Board at Fort Knox, Kentucky ran tests on several diesel-powered commercial trucks including a 1977 Dodge D700 equipped with a 636 cubic inch 3208 Caterpillar V8 paired with an Allison AT540. The hood had a bulge to accommodate the 3208.

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License plate on that blue Dodge matches the one in the vintage picture; no sign of a 5th wheel or any other body mounting, truck looks brand new.

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