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10 Rarest American Pickup Trucks Ever Made

American pickup trucks are an iconic symbol of American culture and have played a significant role in shaping the country’s automotive industry. With their rugged design, powerful engines, and versatile utility, these vehicles have been popular with farmers, construction workers, and outdoor enthusiasts for decades.

Despite their presence on the road, there is a certain class of rare pickup truck models that are sure to draw attention. Admittedly, the most of these rare pickup trucks are vintage muscle cars and exotic luxury vehicles that have existed for more than 20 years. Here’s a list of pickup trucks that were rare then and even rarer today.


10: Dodge Shelby Dakota – 1,475 Units

Dodge Shelby Dakota

During the late 1980s, Dodge teamed up with Carroll Shelby to revive the muscle truck trend, resulting in the creation of the iconic Dodge Shelby Dakota. These remarkable pickup trucks are easily recognizable by their Shelby decals on the upper windshield, sides, and tailgate, as well as their blacked-out grille bumpers and fender flares.

Shelby produced a total of 1,475 units of the Dodge Shelby Dakota, each equipped with a powerful 175-hp fuel-injected 5.2-liter V-8 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. In addition, Shelby added features such as an electric fan, limited-slip rare axle, gas-pressure front and rear shocks, and a front stabilizer bar to enhance the truck’s performance capabilities.


9: Chevrolet Silverado Intimidator SS – 1,333 Units


Chevrolet Silverado Intimidator SS 2003

Chevrolet debuted its sole Silverado SS model in 2003, based on the GMT-800 generation of the Silverado 1500. Three years later, in tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet released a special edition Intimidator SS, licensed by Dale Earnhardt Inc.

The Intimidator SS boasts subtle cosmetic enhancements, such as a Black Onyx exterior finish, Intimidator branding, a rear spoiler, embroidered headrests, and the option of cloth or leather interiors. With only 1,333 units produced, each Intimidator SS was equipped with a Vortec 6000 V8 engine, which delivered an impressive 345 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.


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8: Jeep J10 Honcho – 1,264 Units

Jeep J10 Honcho

After Jeep discontinued the Gladiator name for the J-series, significant upgrades were made, including a new front axle, front disc brakes, six-stud wheels, and sturdier frame cross members. The J-10 model line included three trim packages: the Honcho, 10-4, and Golden Eagle.

Among the J-10 models, the Honcho is the rarest, with only 1,264 units produced from 1976 to 1983. The Jeep J10 Honcho comes equipped with wide 8×15-inch spoke wheels and off-road tires, a sport steering wheel, Levi’s denim interior, and a distinctive gold stripe running along the bedside, fenders, and tailgate.

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