1997 Dodge Sidewinder Concept

Sidewinder Concept

Wait just a second here. Is this a two-seat convertible sports car, or is this a pickup truck? It’s both. This is the wildly creative Dodge Sidewinder, a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle from 1997.

 

The Sidewinder was based on an original sketch by the renowned stylist Mark Allen, who at the time was only two years out of school. Today he’s head of design at Jeep, Dodge’s sister division, with a number of award-winning Chrysler Group designs to his credit.

 

Built on a 112-inch racing chassis, the Sidewinder was powered by an…

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1997 Dodge Sidewinder Concept

The Grand Caravan‘s Grandfather

1970SPortsman

 

Dodge helped to invent the minivan category in 1984 with the groundbreaking Caravan, and Dodge continues to offer the industry’s leading minivan today with the 2013 Grand Caravan. But if you look back a little further in Dodge history, you can find a vehicle that foreshadows the Caravan concept: the A100 Sportsman, a compact van offered from 1964 through 1970. It was just a little ahead of its time, that’s all.

 

The A100 was built on a compact chassis with a wheelbase of just 90 inches, and a few years later…

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The Grand Caravan‘s Grandfather

1957 Dodge Royal Sedan

1957 Dodge Royal Sedan

 

Don’t call them tailfins. According to the Dodge styling department, those are “vertical aerodynamic stabilizers” atop the rear fenders of this 1957 Royal Sedan.

 

The Dodge design team tested scale models of their 1957 body design in the wind tunnel, and the results in the lab were less than conclusive. But this we know for sure: In the showrooms, consumers couldn’t get enough of the futuristic, jet-fighter styling. Dodge sales that year set new records.

 

The Royal shown here is the middle trim level in the ’57 model lineup….

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1957 Dodge Royal Sedan