Builders Jim Schaeffer and John Collier performed extensive modifications to the A100 in order to fit a 426 Hemi engine and TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Since the A100 was a cabover design, Schaeffer and Collier opted to install the drivetrain in a roughly amidships configuration behind the rear of the cab, in the pickup bed, within a welded steel subframe. Parts deemed unnecessary were removed from the body, among them the heater, dashboard, front bumper and all body sealer. The passenger doors were replaced with fiberglass units. The Little Red Wagon's first dragstrip run netted a mid-11 second quarter mile at 120 mph (193 km/h). The vehicle was not originally intended to perform wheelstands; the slight rearward bias caused the nose to lift in the air for nearly the entire quarter-mile run. Golden soon purchased the truck from Dodge for use as an exhibition racer. The Little Red Wagon debuted in the 1965 season opener at Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, California in front of 10,000 fans and reporters from major newspapers and automotive publications. The vehicle suffered three wrecks in 1969, 1971 and again in 1975. After the 1975 wreck, Golden converted a non-operable show truck and campaigned it for the next thirty years. Golden entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1977 with a 4230' (1289m) wheelstand, approximately the length of three quarter-mile dragstrips. In 2009, the Little Red Wagon was sold at RM Auctions Icons of Speed and Style Auction. The vehicle was expected to fetch US$300,000; it was instead the auction's top seller at $550,000. It is also the subject of a 1/25 scale model kit from IMC and was later reissued by Lindberg Models.
Besides the wreck, there were several versions with different engines, and induction systems, and paint schemes. The original truck just had two 4 bbls carbs,then it was hillborn injected, and supercharged at some point. I dont think it ever had a tunnel ram on it, but dont rule that out. It ran different wheels over the years and it did have gold wheel wells at one time. When Dodge first built it and Bill Maverick drove it, the driver was on the left as normal. At some point it was rebuilt with the drivers seat in the center of the cab. Just like that movie Hot Rod. So many versions of that Willy's coupe to build. You just have to pick a version you like and build it.
WoW. I'd like to get one of those. Where did you get it? Wished someone made the 80's Dodge Challenger too. I have a real 80's Challenger and I plan to build an S and M tribute car out of it. Would be cool to have a model of it too as well as the Arrow.
Good looking car. On a side note, real Mopar guys don't use traction or slapper bars on there race or street cars. IT wont allow the springs to work like they are engineered to do. But, it is a model after all, lol. Depends on how accurate you want to make it.
Yeah, it's costly. I couldn't find a complete kit when I was searching so I got a couple built kits to break down and rebuild. I'm working on that Jag scene and I have two bulldozers so I may try to create the end scene too. And those dozers and cheap either. At least they were complete new kits.