An American Institution: Dodge Trucks Through The Years

The Dodge RAM

Dodge (Truck); Power Ram;
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John Prieto/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Dodge Ram was introduced in 1981. At first, the Ram was essentially a facelifted, rebadged Dodge D Series. The American manufacturer kept the existing model designations, the Dodge Ram (D) and Power Ram (W, pictured above) indicated that the truck was equipped with either 2WD or 4WD respectively. The Dodge Ram was offered in three cab configurations (regular, extended “club” cab, and crew cab) and with two different bed lengths.

The Ram paid tribute to Dodge vehicles produced between the ’30s and the ’50s, as they had a unique ram hood ornament. That same ornament can be found on some first-generation Dodge Ram trucks, mainly the ones with 4WD.