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Junkyard Gem: 1987 Dodge Ram race support vehicle

Murilee Martin

Once Chrysler went to a front-engine design for their vans in 1971 (replacing the mid-engine Dodge A100), the design for the B-Series Dodge/Plymouth van stayed more or less the same until the 1993 model year. Here's a second-generation Ram van with a racing past, spotted in a Phoenix self-service wrecking yard.

Stickers and rattlecan flames everywhere.

I feel certain this Dodge would still be going to autocross or circle-track or whatever motorsports events, if only it hadn't been T-boned just in front of the right rear wheel.

Perhaps it was a little toasty inside during Arizona summers, but 1980s Chrysler air conditioning worked very well.

Judging by the big windows, this van appears to have started life as a conversion van, then was gutted in order to fit spare engines, dirt bikes, or crew members in the back.

Was the van known as Don Juan? Giving it a name makes its demise even sadder.

This one isn't a Regal, but similar.