This four-door pairs functionality and style in the most ’60s way possible.
• Our Bring a Trailer pick of the day is this refurbished 1962 Dodge W200 Power Wagon.
• It’s hard to imagine a truck that would stand out more at your local car show.
• Bidding is open on this 1962 model until Monday, April 11.
UPDATE: The Power Wagon sold for $50,000.
You can’t throw a rock at a new off-road truck today without hitting a crew cab. Actually, don’t throw rocks at trucks. Instead, consider that the four-door crew-cab configuration wasn’t really a thing in the U.S. until the 1960s. That means this 1962 Dodge W200 Power Wagon might be the closest thing to a direct ancestor to today’s 2022 Ram HD 2500 Power Wagon, which is only available with a crew cab.
Shortly after the International Travelette, the first generation of Dodge’s D and W 200 series pickups (D for two-wheel drive, W for four-wheel drive) was among the first in the U.S. to offer a crew-cab configuration. Added seats aside, the style of these versions remains distinct to this day.
As for the Power Wagon moniker, it reaches far back to the civilian versions of the heavy-duty military trucks Dodge built during World War II. Think of these trucks as off-road-ready work trucks built for towing and hauling anywhere rather than high-speed Baja toys.
According to the ad, this Power Wagon was originally purchased and used by the Rollins Fire Department of Montana before undergoing cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment. It has a 225-cubic-inch inline-six-cylinder engine, commonly known as the slant-six, and a four-speed manual transmission. The auction listing states that both have been rebuilt.
Whoever handled the refurbishment has good taste. The green and white exterior shows well, and we admire the restraint in wheel and tire sizes. The 19-inch steel wheels are wrapped in Goodyear tires and house drum brakes at all four corners.
Inside, the tan vinyl on the doors, roof, and front and rear bench seats are a nice addition to an otherwise utilitarian interior. Some other highlights include an optimistic 100-mph speedometer and an ashtray in the center console. You won’t find cupholders; instead there’s a sticker explaining the direction to shift the levers aside the shifter to engage the front axle and two-speed transfer case. Also note these 1962 models featured locking front hubs.
This W200 Power Wagon currently has a high bid of $27,000, and the auction is set to end on Monday, April 11.