1966 Dodge A100 Sportsman CustomS

When you take a small, forward-control van chassis and motivate it with the unkillable Chrysler Slant Six engine, good things happen (as long as you don't crash it, of course). It seems strange that we've only had one A100 in this series prior to today, given how long they survive out here in the Land That Rust Ignores; I'm going to need to pay more attention to A100s (and forward-control Econolines) as I roam the streets of Alameda in search of DOTS candidates.

1966 Dodge A100 Sportsman CustomS


To be honest, I wasn't able to figure out the exact year of this van. Chrysler made these things from '64 through '70, and they made very few visible changes during that time (the likelihood that half the parts on this one came from the junkyard makes the ID that much more difficult). And, yes, you could get a small-block V8 in your A100... but Slant Six reliability was worth the 49-second 0-60 time.

1966 Dodge A100 Sportsman CustomS


This van lives on a street quite close to the Bay, which leads me to suspect that it's owned by a windsurfer or kitesurfer. Alameda is a major kitesurfing hotbed; in fact, one of the main manufacturers of kitesurfing gear is owned by one of my high-school classmates, a surfer dude right out of the Jeff Spicoli playbook, who was so stony that just thinking about him is making my eyes turn red. Now he's a rich man, which proves that, like... uh, what were we talking about?

1966 Dodge A100 Sportsman CustomS


These may well be the Best Dogdish Hubcaps Of All Time!



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