• Aug 2, 2009
1982 Dodge Rampage - Click above for photo gallery

Listen, we're not complaining here. Folks who restore old cars are to be applauded. Period. Mostly, the resto subjects are rides with mass appeal -- cars everyone is familiar with. Those are great and all, but the really insane aficionados are the ones who restore things you'd never think of. Seriously, though -- would you restore a 1982 Dodge Rampage? Frankly, we probably wouldn't either. But in this case, some Mopar lunatic did. And we want to hug him. We'll go out on a limb here and say that this is probably The Nicest Rampage in America, because on the exceedingly rare occasion when we actually see one out and about, it's usually a tired-looking disaster that's hauling something like 300 pounds of manure and/or a month's worth of recycling. This one? Concours condition. It's pretty amazing. Anything that wasn't up to snuff was replaced. You could touch the engine bay and then perform open-heart surgery without scrubbing in -- it's that clean. If a perfect Rampage in Sport Edition duds is the missing link in your personal collection, $12,900 on eBay is all that stands between you and forgotten-car Nirvana. Will people think you're crazy for spending that much on a Rampage? Probably, but screw those haters. They're just jealous. Follow the jump for a video produced by the seller, Best of Show Automotive in Mentor, OH.



[Source: eBay Motors | Images: Best of Show Automotive]






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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is all kinds of awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who says you can't polish a turd?
      • 5 Years Ago
      HotWheels makes a great model of this too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never had a Rampage, but my brother had the Horizon TC3-based Duster, my mom had a Horizon sedan, and I had an '85 Omni GLH Turbo. Decent enough basic transportation, but oh my God the quality. Being based on a Simca design, maybe it shouldn't have been surprising. The steering column in the 024/TC3/Duster/Charger/Rampage versions had to be the same as the sedan, but in a vehicle with lower seating it ended up being way too high (and no tilt wheel, thank you very much). The rear door seals on the sedans tended to shrink with age to the point you could see daylight, and my GLH had a rear hatch that liked to pop open on the highway at speeds over 65 MPH. Instant rear spoiler!

      Then there was the driver's door handle that snapped off on a cold December morning in Flagstaff, the tachometer that took the dealer three tries to fix, and the head gasket that blew one fine morning on California Route 1, miles from the nearest service facilities. And let's not forget the way all three of them ate timing belts.

      Finally, after five years of dealing with Chrysler's quality problems, I gave up and traded the GLH on one of the last of the German-built Jettas imported to the States. Best move I ever made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw a Rampage in my little town about six month ago, the first time I'd ever heard of one much less seen it. Rampage, wha???

      Yes, it was brown.

      Even the paint was aggressive in the early 80's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos to this guy!! There has to be a new set of "classics" at some point or another. I am restoring a 1986 Shelby Charger that pushing 20lbs of boost. It is the fastest car I have ever driven. People forget that the 1986 Omni GLHS beat the Shelby Mustang at Willow Springs and outran the Porshe 944. It posted times that were right up there with the Ferrari 308. It was the ultimate Giant Killer.

      I just want to do this to some unsuspecting owners:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvHcxNJG7is

      or

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoaMEaCK-40&NR=1
        • 5 Years Ago
        The GLHS was hot, but the standard GLH Turbo was no slouch either. I left lots of 944, BMW and T-Bird owners at stoplights wondering what the hell happened. The 2.2 Turbo was fairly reliable (except for the head gasket problem and timing belts) and the cars had great power-to-weight for the time, but the problem was build quality—the rest of the car started falling apart around it. After a while, it got old.

        In 1985 Car and Driver said of the GLH Turbo, "maybe you want the nastiest little son-of-a-bitch money can buy, maybe you don't. At least you know where this car stands." True dat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The 2.2 Turbo was fairly reliable (except for the head gasket problem and timing belts)"

        I don't recall the (standard) 2.2/2.5 having any endemic issues with timing belts; aside from the fact that it was easy to screw up setting the proper belt tension.

        now the 2.2 Turbo III (the 16V motor in the Spirit and Daytona R/T,) that thing ate timing belts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know when a year has gone past when I have to help my dad put another timing belt on his Spirit R/T ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Referencing the top post about the rampage with the shelby turbo engine. I would rather try to shoehorn the 4G63T from an 99 eclipse. And since we're dreaming here, lets try the AWD powertrain while I'm at it ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in a small town in northern VT that not only has a light blue Dodge Rampage and a dark blue Subaru Brat. We also have a White Plymouth Scamp! Red interior with a manual transmission. The Rampage and Brat are summer drivers and in good shape, the Scamp is owner buy a collector and is in excellent condition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your town obviously kicks all sorts of ass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I live in a small town in northern VT that not only has a light blue Dodge Rampage and a dark blue Subaru Brat. We also have a White Plymouth Scamp! Red interior with a manual transmission."

        them's were the days. Red interiors, or blue, or green. Now, most of the time your choice of interior color is "d'ya want black, or gray?"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plymouth Scamp sounds like some form of pilgrim whore...
        • 5 Years Ago
        (off-topic): Hey, I live in Vermont, too! Have MSN messenger?

        (on-topic) It' restorations like these that make me wonder if people will be restoring Hyundai Accents in the 2020's. Pretty cool that someone would restore something that's not a "classic" (Mustang, Charger, etc.).
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be cool if Dodge makes a new version using the LX Platform, in my opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Family had an 81 Charger 2.2, we had an '82 Rampage new. Matter of fact my dad just sent me the orginal sales invoice on this truck- $6693 base with options out the door $8951.00. I loved it and being the CHrsyler family we were, my first car was an O24 Omni and years later I had an 84 Rampage as a daily driver much better milage than my 78 Lil Red Truck. Think he would trade for my restored 50 Chevy 3800 I just bought? I would love to have this truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My dad was a Dodge dealer and my first ever demo was a '82 Charger 2.2, black with gold decals and that factory "fart can" exhaust that the 2.2 package had. I also had a '84 Rampage 2.2 that was silver with black decals and stripes. Loved that little truck. I also drove an automatic Rampage for a little while because I had fractured my ankle and couldn't drive my 5 speed Shelby Charger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved these trucklets! Had a friend in the 90's with one stuffed with a Shelby Trubo engine that ran teh quarter in the high 13s. His license plate was "I8AV8". Awesome.$12,900 is not much for any restored car. I'd buy it if I could.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love the "I8AV8" story. Reminds of the Dodge Omni GLH of the same vintage--which, in its day, really could beat the pants off contemporary (anemic) V8 Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds in the quarter, provided you could hold the steering wheel straight.

        Anyway, I have to throw in a plug Best of Show's website (not affiliated in any way, blah blah). Most of the iron on their site is spectacular vintage stuff--'Cudas, B-bodies, Chevelles, Mustangs, etc.--and perusing the photo galleries is great muscle-car fantasy fodder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree 100% on Best of Show's website. I had never come across it before today. If you look at the Current Inventory list, there's a Dodge A100 pickup in there that will make you faint, it's so awesome. That guy has a museum, too, according to the site. I can see why and how...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know what makes this one cool though?

        ORANGE.

        That is all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who says you can't polish a turd?
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