Given I’m not one for tasteless airbrushing and more chrome than J.C. Whitney could shake a stick at, I’m not in favor of the majority of trucks entered in the National Association of Show Trucks’ events.; That said, a recent show out in Tecumseh, Michigan, yielded one entry of interest: a 1974 Dodge Bighorn.
If you’ve never seen or heard of a Bighorn before, there’s a good reason.; Chrysler built around 260 examples between 1972 and 1975, before slow sales and government regulations killed the truck.; It’s believed that only 90 are still in existence – roughly a third of what originally rolled off the Detroit assembly line.
Yes, the Bighorn at the show was customized, what with the chromed front bumper and enlarged sleeper compartment.; Luckily, the owner realizes just what it is and kept enough original equipment – like the 14-pound die-cast hood ornament – on the truck.; Factory emblems say it’s a “Dodge diesel,” but what lies beneath that massive fiberglass hood is a 14-liter Cummins NTC 350 turbo-diesel.
This Bighorn is a clean, rare, and somewhat attractive ride – which is more than we can say about other vehicles that attended the show.