Everyone ordering a Royal Sierra trim got the opportunity to stack it with groupings of both appearance and convenience options at discounted prices. Moreover, it was an expensive affair compared to other truck workhorses from back in the day. These were pretty sweet trucks. The eight-cylinder engine built with the '75 truck model had an output of 6,000 pounds of towing with a 400-cubic inch engine. At Autowise, we envision ourselves as not just a automobile blog or an automobile news website, instead we see our website as a platform to connect all automobile enthusiast and provide them with all the information they need.
Let me know if it caught yours, too! I also have three of the original hubcaps that came on the truck when it was new and they will go with the truck to the new buyer. It needed to do so in order to justify its hefty price tag which often ended up being in 5-digit territory. It came with the option of a 454 cu inch or 350 cu inch engine and were hard loaded for that era. During the course of five years, it also changed a lot in both offering and appearance. The transmission on the automatic was limited to a three-speed package, but the manual transmission provided a choice of four speeds. You'll love opening the side vent windows and the sliding glass rear and just having that old-school comfortable breeze blow through the cabin on a Sunday drive. I think they offered that starting in 75.
Standard 350ci V8 and optional 400ci V8 were the engines, while 3-speed manual and 4-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic were transmissions. That practice was abandoned after 1979 and so was the mandatory Z62 trim. The cool silver paint job was complemented by three-tone multicolor brown-red-orange stripe on the side, Sarge lettering on the rear quarter panel and hood ornament up front. F150 Lightning 1st and 2nd gen Nite package, Boss 5. He had it for the normal 3 years and traded it off on a new one. That may be one of the reasons so few people decided to buy one of them.
How many of them have been made or how many have survived is still a mystery. Plus, you could have bought some of the official trucks from other years as well including 1974, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984 , from participating dealerships. The engine bay is just as clean and honest as the rest of this truck — even the jack and tire iron still live under the hood. I always had a softer spot for the Dodge Adult Toys like the Macho Power Wagon, Top Hand, Warlock, Little Red and Midnight Express trucks. But there's much more that makes this one attractive. Both two and four wheel drive were available and so were most of the engines. Foxy Sierra came with special exterior with stripes upon the hood and sides, and equally unique interior with special upholstery and a console ice box between the buckets.
New trucks came with three different trim options. While most of these were optional, paint scheme and striping, top bar and sport wheels were mandatory equipment coming with Hickey Enterprises package. It could have only been ordered with Custom Deluxe trim package, single cab and 305ci V8 engine. In order to get one of these, buyers needed to opt for Motortown Corporation Basic Package which included wheel flares both up front and around the back, front air dam, dual custom outside mirrors and custom striping. The engine compartment looks very original, and the seller says it only has 85,000 miles, so there should be plenty of life left in it assuming the mileage is genuine. In fact, only around 500 or so of them are believed to have been ordered that way.
However, California buyer's were limited to just the V-8 engine because state emission standards barring the smaller engine. It could have been ordered with the Jimmy and Suburban too. The seat is torn on the drivers side but the passenger side looks like it hasn't been sat on and this is the original seat cover. With a truck that's both this original and cool, you know only the numbers-matching engine will do. It has the 454 and a 400 trans. Other appearance goodies include a hood ornament, rally wheels, deluxe front bumper and many more, but this mostly depends on production year.
Exact numbers of these limited run special edition trucks are unknown, but they were extremely rare to begin with. Open the door and see a '70s Sierra like no other. The block is stamped T09 Sept. He did that because the government would give he a tax break for replacing farm equipment like trucks and tractors every so many years, it always had farm plates on it, which meant you could only drive it with in 150 miles of your farm, unless hauling grain or something to do with farming, so if the Grandparents ever came up to visit and they were bringing something up, Grandpa would always throw a couple of seed bags in the back, that way if he got pulled over they would see them and let it go. Choo Choo Customs out of Chattanooga, Tennessee collaborated closely with Chevrolet on numerous occasions and short wheelbase 1981 pickup here is one of these projects. It is original ad un restored with 125. Around that time chevy offered a sport coupe package that was full of options,but the bigge part of the packagr was it came with a 454.
Interior-wise, it looks very original, although both carpet and seats have faded somewhat. The floor mats were part of the special edition package and very rare. If it looks particularly striking in the pictures, it's no accident. The 1975 model marked the first year the smaller 307 V-8 engine was not used in the Chevy truck. It runs great transmission shifts as it should. Moreover, they quite resemble the 1975 Indy truck due to similar striping.
They made between 1700 and 2500 of these trucks. It also had two-tone paint job separated by a stripe with lower paint being a protective layer. I love the tuxedo on the guy and the evening gown on the lady—certainly not typical pickup attire in 1975! There were so many of them in fact, that we had to divide the article into two parts. Rarely were they priced in intended 4-digit figures as optional equipment quickly raised the stickers into a five-digit category. The interior was unique too. This is a solid dependable truck that will be a great restoration.
It does have new tires that were a special order, same as factory. Options included the 4-barrel 350ci V8, 400ci V8 only four wheel drive and 454ci V8. I have an Uncle that bought one of these new, he used to pull a big camper trailer with it. Power comes from America's favorite V8, a 350 cubic small block. . There only draw back was their marginal gas mileage. There does look to be some add-on wiring up by the radiator shroud, maybe it has something to do with the unusual horn I see fitted to the right of this picture? The truck grille sported the horizontal, body-wide truck emblem on the front of the vehicle.