Dodge figured the world was ready in 1978. A small group of employee enthusiasts figured out how to exploit a loophole in federal emissions regulations and packaged their truck in a wacky way that could only have come out in the '70s. It had stained oak trim in the bed and Kenworth-style exhaust pipes rising up behind the cab. The loophole allowed a standard Dodge D-150 short-bed pickup to have its engine bay stuffed with a hot-rodded 360-cubic inch (5.2-liter) V-8. With 225 horsepower, a special automatic transmission, short rear-axle ratio, and big tires, the 1978 Li'l Red Express Truck became the fastest American-made production vehicle of the year, car or truck. One contemporary test clocked the Dodge through the quarter mile in only 14.7 seconds at 93 mph. Corvettes of the day were slower. The model was discontinued after just two model years.