1958 Dodge D100



In the wake of “Suddenly, it's 1960!” styling the previous year, Dodges for 1958 received new styling up front, including the pickup trucks, dominated by the quad headlight craze that took over the industry after federal approval. Dodge continued the “pilot house” tradition of high-visibility cabs with a wraparound windshield introduced in 1955. This example has a big back window as well.

This half-ton, shortbox stepside model, called Utiline, made in Chrysler's Warren Michigan factory, is gorgeous and pert with its Alaska White over Aqua paint and full wheel covers. It is one of 11,862 such examples made in 1958. The paint and trim are in overall excellent order with some minor blemishes visible at close range, including the front bumper. The bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is very tidy, as is the cargo bed. The chrome front bumper fits tightly to the body. The paint shows well but has solvent pop that is showing on some body panels on close inspection. (See photos)

Coker Classic bias-ply tires, size G-78-15, are fitted at all four corners. Each one is mounted to a steel wheel topped by full wheel covers. Note the driver's side spare tire and wheel mounted behind the cab. This example rides a 108-inch wheelbase, has a 5,100-pound GVWR and a 17.4-gallon gas tank.

Under the rig's hood is a 230 CID L-head straight six-cylinder engine. Features included exhaust-valve seat inserts and chrome-plated top piston rings. It was standard in all Dodge low-tonnage trucks. The engine is backed by a rather unique transmission, one that rides the fence between a true manual and true automatic – a semi-automatic. It came under a variety of names - Vacamatic, Prestomatic, Fluidmatic (Chrysler), Simplimatic, Tip-Toe Hydraulic Shift (DeSoto) and Gyromatic (Dodge).

The standard Gyromatic configuration consisted of the fluid coupling and a manual transmission and clutch in tandem. The presence of Gyromatic, however, prevented the driver stalling when taking off from a dead stop. The driver could also come to a stop in any gear without using the clutch and could then proceed without shifting or using the clutch.

With semi-automatic transmissions, the driver shifted manually, selecting reverse or a low range and a high range. Each 'range' had two speeds. To shift between them, the driver accelerated then released pressure on the accelerator. In high range, this shift point was about 23 mph. Once the transmission shifted into high speed range, the driver again depressed the accelerator pedal, and continued accelerating. Solenoids on the transmission connected to the carburetor and ignition system momentarily interrupted engine operation to allow trouble-free shifting.

Inside, the white-and-aqua interior is in overall fantastic condition. The bench seat folds forward and is in fine form. The carpet is in good order, and there's a black, deep-dish steering wheel with three spokes. The white headliner is in good order. The white metal dash looks great and the inner door liners reflect the color scheme set by the bench seat. The shifter is column-mounted.

For 1958, Power Giant models featured all-new styling from the cowl forward, with a full-width hood, quad headlights, new grille and heavy-duty front bumper. New fender housings and two-piece splash shields created a wide engine compartment, improving engine access. The battery moved from under the driver's floor to under the hood. New, progressive-type rear springs and redesigned front suspension with lowered deflection rates improved ride quality. The rear springs gave a smoother ride when the cargo bed is empty yet stiffening when loaded.

Chrysler called the Hemi-powered Dodge trucks “Power Giant” in 1957 and introduced power steering and brakes, a three-speed automatic and a 12-volt electrical system.

Competition to this D100 in 1958 included Chevrolet's Apache, Ford's F-100, GMC's Blue Chip, International's A-series and Willys' Jeep.

Whether you're a Mopar fan, a classic pickup truck fan or you just like the way this truck looks, you owe it to yourself to stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to see it for yourself. It's a beautiful rig that deserves a good home.

VIN: L6D1L04268

This truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 6,315 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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  • Halfton, shortbox stepside model
  • Wraparound windshield, big back window and “pilot house” cab
  • 230 CID Lhead inline sixcylinder engine
  • Gyromatic semiautomatic transmission, similar to Chrysler's Fluid Drive
  • Alaska White over Aqua exterior with matching interior
  • Heater, driver's sidemounted spare tire
  • West Coaststyle sideview mirrors
  • Wide whitewall tires with Dodge Lancerstyle chrome wheel covers
  • 108inch wheelbase and 5,100pound GVWR
Stock #
230 CID L-head inline six-cyl
Gyromatic semi-automatic