The 1982-1984 Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp were like Mini-El Caminos. These sharp little half-ton pickups were created by shortening the roof of the Charger L-body and adding a doubled-walled, galvanized cargo box.

A longer wheelbase than the Charger gave a better ride and the styling was sweet. Upgraded, sporty models -- Rampage Sport (1982), Rampage 2.2 (1983-84) and Plymouth Scamp -- boasted rorty exhaust, 14" wheels, low-profile tires, special trim, instruments, deluxe interior and (in 1983-84) a five-speed transaxle.

Sales slumped early, for the Rampage and Scamp were neither pure truck nor pure car. Scamp lasted only a year and is extremely rare. Rampage received a nice facelift for 1984 but production that year was almost as low as Scamp.

Pluses of the 1982-1984 Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp:

  • Brisk performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Long-lived engine
  • Rarity
  • Slick styling
  • The only front-wheel-drive pickups besides VW's stodgy Rabbit

Minuses of the 1982-1984 Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp:

  • No collector interest
  • No separate frame like most pickups, so rust attacks non-galvanized portions of unibody -- don't buy one with serious tinworm
  • Specific body parts virtually extinct

Production of the 1982 Dodge Rampage:
17,000-17,576

Production of the 1983 Dodge Rampage:
7,500

Production of the 1984 Dodge Rampage:
3,000

Production of the 1983 Dodge Scamp:
2,129

Specifications of the 1982-1984 Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp:
Wheelbase, inches: 104.2
Length, inches:
183.6
Weight, pounds: 2,295-2,400
Price, new: $6,698-$7,315 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1982-1984 Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohc I-4
135 cid
110
1982-1984

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