1982 Dodge Rampage
|Also called||Plymouth Scamp|
|Assembly||Belvidere, Illinois (Belvidere Assembly Plant)|
|Body style||2-door truck|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive|
Dodge Omni 024
|Engine||2.2 L KI4|
3-speed A404 automatic
|Wheelbase||104.2 in (2,647 mm)|
|Length||183.7 in (4,666 mm)|
|Width||66.8 in (1,696 mm)|
|Height||51.7 in (1,314 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,293 lbs (1,040 kg)|
The Dodge Rampage was a subcompact, unibodycoupe utility based on Chrysler's L platform and manufactured from 1982 to 1984. First released as a 1982 model, the Rampage was later joined for 1983 by its rebadged variant, the Plymouth Scamp.
The Rampage borrowed the car's unibody construction and front end panels and components from the sporty 024/Charger variant, and used the suspension from the Omni/Horizon with coil struts and a linkless sway bar at the front, and leaf springs with shock absorbers unique to the Rampage at the rear.
It was available with a Chrysler built and designed 2.2 L carburetedinline-four engine with 96 hp (72 kW) and a curb weight of around 2,400 lb (1,100 kg). In the first year, it had leisurely performance due to the four-speed manual transmission along with a three-speed automatic transmission.
Performance was improved with the introduction of a five-speed manual transmission in 1983. The truck had a load capacity of 1,145 lb (519 kg), for a true "half ton" rating. This compared favorably to General Motors' Chevrolet El Camino's rating of 1250 lbs. In addition to the El Camino, the Volkswagen Rabbit Sportruck and Subaru BRAT were the Rampage's main competition.
In 1984, the Rampage received a facelifted front fascia shared with the Charger, with quad 165 mm x 100 mm sealed beam headlights opposed to the dual 200 mm x 142 mm sealed beam headlights found on previous models. The grille was also changed, switching from a 6-slot design to a vertically split design. The lower bumper was switched from a pronounced part that bulged out to a more sleek design with near-flush indicators, a horizontally split lower air intake, and an impact strip that wrapped around the front clip.
A rebadged version, the Plymouth Scamp, was only marketed for 1983. The Rampage lasted three years before being dropped from production after the 1984 model year. There was a "Shelby Rampage" built by Chrysler/Shelby engineers in their free time for Carroll Shelby, but there is no official record of the existence of such a vehicle. However, a special California market "Direct Connection" Rampage was built in 1984 and only sold at certain California-area Dodge dealerships, which featured the front fascia from the Shelby Charger, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a ground effects package.
Only 250 "Direct Connection" Rampages were produced. 1/3 Black 1/3 Garnet Red 1/3 Santa Fe Blue
The Dodge Rampage (17,636 sold in 1982, 8,033 in 1983, and 11,732 in 1984) didn't take off in the market as had been expected. Sales totals for the Plymouth Scamp were 2,184 base models and 1,380 Scamp GT models.
Main article: Dodge Rampage Concept
Dodge resurrected the Rampage name at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show with a front-wheel drive concept pickup. As opposed to the original Rampage, this concept vehicle was as large as the full-size Dodge Ram. It was powered by the 5.7 L HemiV8 and featured "Stow 'n Go" seating taken from the Chrysler minivans.
When's the last time you saw a Dodge Rampage, let alone one in such clean condition? I honestly can't remember, which is why this 1982 example that's listed for sale outside Atlanta is such a treat. It's yours for just $5500.
One reason you don't see Rampages often is because Dodge didn't make that many of them. In its 1982-1984 production run, just 37,401 Rampages were built, according to figures from Allpar. Rarer still is the one-year-only Plymouth Scamp, of which just 3564 were built for 1983.
The Rampage was based on the front-wheel-drive Dodge Omni and came equipped with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder that made 84 horsepower when new. This particular Rampage benefits from a new Weber carburetor and a four-speed manual transmission. It's only been driven 59,000 miles from new and the interior is completely original, even down to the radio.
This Rampage is in need of an A/C recharge, and the seller notes that it suffers from a shaky speedometer needle.
You could enjoy this weirdo trucklet as-is, but we think there's quite a lot of potential here. As Bring a Trailernotes, you could swap the stock powerplant for the 175-hp motor from the Shelby GLHS and have yourself a party. Considering the Rampage weighs a little over 2200 pounds, you could have a cone-chasing autocrosser pickup truck on your hands.
Either way, someone please buy this oddball and enjoy the hell out of it.
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Car of the Week: 1982 Dodge Rampage
Story and photos by Brian Earnest
Harvey Retzack figures that sooner or later the rest of the world might realize that Chrysler Corp. was on to something good back in 1982.
That was the year the company went against the grain and launched its funky Rampage pickup — a little front-wheel-drive hauler that was just a blip on the automotive landscape and fuzzy memory to many car folks. Retzack has one of the few that you’ll see on the road these days, and the longer he owns it, the more he is convinced the featherweight Rampage was a rock star that just never got discovered.
“People say, ‘Did you cut that down from a station wagon?’” laughs Retzack. “Most people have never heard of it or seen it. Dodge did not do a good job of impressing it on the market or impressing it on the world. People didn’t know these were [available], unfortunately. That’s the sad thing — in 1982, ’83, ’84, a vehicle for under $4,000 that would haul a half-ton of stuff and still get 30 mpg. I don’t know why they didn’t sell like hot cakes. I’m sure Chrysler was scratching their heads, too. They just didn’t sell.”
Indeed, the sales figures were paltry: 17,636 in their debut 1982 model year; 8,033 in 1983 and 11,732 in ’84. After that Chrysler gave up on the idea of winning over the buying public with its mini truck line — and nobody seemed to really notice.
But a cheap, gas-sipping pickup was just what Retzack, a Wausau, Wis., resident, was after when he went shopping for a used truck last February. “I was looking for a Volkswagen Rabbit [pickup], primarily because of the 50-pus miles per gallon [they got]. I commute back and forth to Florida. I spend my summers in Wisconsin and my winters in Florida and I was looking for something that would get me decent mileage on both ends,” he says. “I’ve always been a MoPar person. From the rear window forward, this is a Dodge Omni and I’ve had several of those. I wanted a Volkswagen, but they are not available. This I found on eBay down in Arkansas, in Rivers Bend, Ark. It was in the backwoods [laughs].
“Once I found it and starting doing some research on it and discovered how rare they were, we decided to look at it.”
According to the story Retzack got, the truck was purchased in the Midwest but spent most of its life in California. The original owner’s grandson eventually wound up with it and moved it to Arkansas. He apparently did some work on the Rampage and drove it a bit, but the truck had been parked and in storage for a while when Retzack came across it.
“I don’t know how long ago he [worked on] the body, but it’s held up pretty well. My impression from talking with he and his wife that it was just a repaint,” Retzack noted.
The Rampage was based on the Dodge Omni 024 coupe and was Chrysler’s answer to the popular El Camino and Ranchero — the long-running car/pickups from Chevrolet and Ford. It wasn’t the first front-wheel-drive hybrid pickup on U.S. roadways; the VW Rabbit Sportruck and Subaru BRAT both beat it to market here. But it was first Amercan-built truck with front-wheel-drive, along with the Plymouth Scamp, a rebadged offering that appeared only in 1983. For 1982, the Rampage came in both base and Sport versions. For 1983 and ‘84, the choices were the base and “2.2” versions.
The Rampage used the Omni’s unibody construction and front grille/fascia from the Dodge Charger. It carried either a 1.6-liter/65-hp or 2.2-liter/94-hp east-west four-cylinder. The original Rampage could be ordered with either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic, but a five-speed manual became available for 1983. Dry weight was about 2,400 lbs. The cargo capacity was touted at 1,000 lbs. with a towing load rated at 750 lbs. The double-wall steel rear box was 62 inches long and 52 inches wide and was integrated into the cab. It wasn’t big enough to haul hay bales or large land mammals, but it was plenty big enough for grocery and hardware store runs. In front were bucket seats and a small package shelf behind the occupants.
One feature that Chrysler advertising execs probably should have shouted more about was the unique-for-its-time load-sensing braking system. A valve between the cargo box a rear axle sensed the load based on how hard the suspension was compressed, sending more or less fluid pressure to the drum brakes.
With its light weight, smallish dimensions and front propulsion, the Rampage drove more like a car than a truck, and its 21 city/29 highway fuel economy numbers were definitely not truck-like. Handling and traction were almost certainly better in snowy climates without the rear wheels spinning behind a lightweight box in back, and the protruding Chevy Monza-like nose gave the Rampage a definite sporty-compact car look from the front.
Perhaps it was the fact that the buying public wasn’t ready for a half-ton pickup with unusual looks. Maybe it was the fact that the Rampage wound up competing against both the mini trucks (VW and BRAT) and established half-tons (El Camino and Ranchero). Or maybe it was just that Chrysler marketers did a lousy job of extolling the trucks’ virtues. Whatever the reason, few buyers warmed up to them and very few owners have held onto them after more than three decades.
Retzack always keeps his eyes peeled, and he hasn’t seen another truck like his since he bought it. He had it only display this past July at the Iola Car Show in Iola, Wis., where it drew a lot of puzzled looks.
“This was the fourth show I’ve had it at, and each time this is the sole Rampage,” he chuckles. “It avoided the snow, the salt and the crusher. That’s where a lot of them went, unfortunately, in the ‘90s.”
Retzack’s cream-colored survivor recently rolled past 80,000 miles on the odometer. He figures the truck was painted once, but the interior is original. Ditto the engine and drive train. “Mechanically, I’ve gone from bumper to bumper on it: brakes, shocks, struts, ball joints, A-frame bushings, shifter linkage, clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing, brake cables, rear wheel bearings …”
He says finding replacement parts for the truck “was impossible” in some cases. He gave up looking for a suitable radiator and decided to send his deteriorating original out to be re-cored.
“I’ve always been a fan of the 2.2 four-speed. They don’t get as good of mileage as the Volkswagen diesel, but they do pretty good compared to what’s out there right now,” he says. “Some of the options are the split rear window, which is kind of a rarity, this original cover, which is kind of a rarity... You could get it with A/C. You could get it with power steering. You could get it with an AM/FM 8-track. I don’t have the 8-track or the power steering, unfortunately.
“One of the things that makes this one very unique, it is to my knowledge the only front-wheel drive pickup made in the United States, and they only made it for three years. You’d think by now one of the major players would have gotten it together and made a front-wheel-drive truck, but this is the only one I know of. “
Retzack jokingly added an “R/T” badge to the B pillar and a faux scoop on the hood. Dodge didn’t make such a version, but maybe it should have. A hot version of the Rampage may have caught on and been what the public was looking for. We’ll never know, but Retzack likes the truck the way it is, regardless of what the rest the world thought then, or thinks now.
“It drives great. It snaps,” he says. “Because of the front-wheel-drive it’s nice and tight in the corners. It keeps right up on the highway. It loves to cruise at about 70 [mph]. It rides very comfortably because of the strut suspension. And I haul a lot of stuff in it.”
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- Dodge 30-35 (1914–1916)
- Dodge 330 (1963–1964)
- Dodge 400 (1982–1983)
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- Dodge 1500/1800 (Argentina/Colombia/Brazil, rebadged Hillman Avenger, 1971–1981)
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- Dodge Meadowbrook (1949–1954)
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- Dodge Neon SRT-4 (2003–2005)
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- Dodge Rampage (1982–1984)
- Dodge Ram 50 (1979–1993)
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Here's How Much A 1982 Dodge Rampage Costs Today
The Dodge Rampage is a utility subcompact vehicle that’s based on Chrysler’s L platform. This wonderful little truck was in production from the year 1982 - 1984. Introduced in 1982, they eventually rebranded the Rampage in the year 1983 as the Plymouth Scamp. Dodge brought out the Rampage as an answer to the El Camino and Ranchero, which were the competitors from Chevrolet and Ford, respectively. It's one of the cool forgotten beauties from the '80s that people have begun to miss and want to own today.
Let's get directly into it, buckle up as we get into the details of this rare beauty. This is where we give you some more information about this beauty and show you that here's how much a 1982 Dodge Rampage costs today.
As the production of the Rampage lasted from 1982 to 1984, the sheer numbers manufactured were very low, with only 37,401 examples rolling out of the factory. The car wasn't the first pickups built in the U.S., some of them were already in the market such as the Rabbit Sportback and was very popular in the era. It became America's favorite pickup truck as it was the first American-built front-wheel-drive truck.
A unique feature that the market team of the company should have had a linchpin on was the load-sensing braking system. The company fitted a valve in between the cargo box, a rear axle that sensed the load of the cargo based on the pressure put on the suspension and accordingly sent more or less fluid pressure to the drum brakes. An all-steel cargo box was installed in the rear part of the truck with walls on both the sides and one wall in the bottom.
Owing to its design, the Rampage made an image of being more like a car than a truck, with lightweight and front surge. It looked more like a compact sports car, especially because of the nose which was like that of the Chevy Monza. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Rampage didn't give the impression of a truck either, 25 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Because of the low production numbers there are very few Rampages in the U.S. that are in acceptable conditions.
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Under The Hood
Under the hood, the Dodge and Rampage had a 2.2L four-cylinder which displaced 96 HP. In 1982 the Rampage only had 4-gear manual transmission, but in 1983 they added an option of 5-gear manual transmission. Rampage looked like one of the sporty-compact cars because of its design on the exterior and the amazing four-cylinder engine, but the loading capacity was around 1,145lb which made it an actual ‘half-ton’ truck. The resemblance of the Rampage is clearly visible when you see the 024/Charger as Dodge used a similar front fascia and the suspension borrowed from the Omni/Horizon with coil struts and a linkless sway bar, and leaf springs with shock absorbers in the back of the car.
The Rampage was rarely the choice of light truck driver, although the press was very impressed by the vehicle. The truck had a good reputation among the press who audaciously compared the driving dynamics and the handling of the Rampage with Porsche and Ferrari. Dodge planned the Rampage to be a cross between a sedans practicality and a trucks utility, thus it wasn’t what we can call fast; the fact that the 0 to 60 MPH took a lingering 16 seconds is a proof of this fact.
Interiors And Dimensions
The interior of the Rampage showed a resemblance to that of a sport coupe. The two-seater car had a standard seats, minimalist dashboard and deep-dished steering wheels, and the rear part of the vehicle was all storage space. There weren’t any power windows, but it sported a stereo and air conditioning. The seats were rather comfortable offering good lumbar support and cushioning that made it a good cross-country driver.
As the Rampage was a pickup truck, they had to increase the wheelbase of the vehicle by 104 inches. The car could easily carry a 1000lb cargo and tow a 750lb vehicle. Measuring at 62 inches long and 52 inches wide when the tailgate is closed, the storage bed was scrumptious. The suspension of the car was well-made and a lot of the owners were very satisfied with the performance and ride quality, even after carrying weight on the back of the car.
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The Current Worth Of A 1982 Dodge Rampage
The Rampage was more like the Ranchero than the El Camino both in performance and the design. The Dodge Rampage was only produced for 2 years and around 37,000 of them were sold, but due to the competition and the type of vehicle it was, it is almost impossible to find a good condition Rampage in the country. The person owning a good condition rampage could quote any price tag he wants, but the last we heard about a Rampage in pristine condition was in 2016 in Georgia.
The NADA currently estimates the pricing of the 1982 Dodge Rampage at $6,698, but it is almost impossible to get hands-on a good condition Rampage and presuppose a cost. It would most likely require some restoring or repairs to get it going. The rarer editions of the Dodge Rampage could be worth even more money, such as the Shelby Rampage and the Scamp GT.
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