Dodge C Series

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Dodge C Series
'57 Dodge Pickup (Rassemblement Mopar Valleyfield '10).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler
Production 1950s-1960
Body and chassis
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style 2-door pickup
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 241 cu in (3.9 L) V8
315 cu in (5.2 L) V8
318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
331 cu in (5.4 L) V8
Transmission 3-speed automatic
2-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108 in (2,743 mm)
116 in (2,946 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Dodge B Series
Successor Dodge D Series

The C Series was a line of pickup trucks sold by Chrysler's Dodge division from 1954 to 1960. It replaced the Dodge B Series of trucks and was eventually supplanted by the Dodge D Series, introduced in 1961.

Unlike the B Series, which were closely related to Dodge's prewar trucks, the C Series was a complete redesign. Dodge continued the "pilot house" tradition of high-visibility cabs with a wraparound windshield introduced in 1955. A two-speed "PowerFlite" automatic transmission was newly available that year.

Chrysler called the Hemi-powered Dodge trucks "Power Giant" in 1957, and introduced power steering and brakes, a three-speed automatic, and a 12-volt electrical system.

1957 Dodge Sweptside pickup truck

A flat-sided (and thus wider) "Sweptline" cargo box came in 1959. The company also adopted the standard pickup truck numbering scheme, also used by Ford and GM at that time. Thus, the ½ ton Dodge was now called the D100. A traditional separate-fender body "Utiline" version was also built which had a GVWR of 9,000 lb (4,100 kg).

Engines (light-duty):

  • 1957-1960; Flathead I6, 120 hp (89 kW)
  • 1969; 241 in³ Red Ram V8, 133 hp (99 kW)
  • 1959; 331 in³ FirePower V8, 172 hp (128 kW)
  • 1957-1959; 315 in³ Red Ram V8, 204 hp (152 kW)
  • 1959; 318 in³ A-type V8, 200 hp (150 kW)

Medium-Duty/Heavy-Duty C Series[edit]

Main article: Dodge LCF Series

Since it still utilized the older cab design, the C Series name was continued for Dodge's line of medium- and heavy-duty trucks (better known as the LCF Series) through the 1975 model year, long after most of Dodge's other trucks had moved to the newer D Series designation.


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