November 23, 2023
A Mexican Ramcharger
On July 22, 2023, the Western Mopar Madness event kicked off. Renowned as one of western Canada’s foremost all Mopar shows, it showcased a diverse array of unique cars from across the country, making it a perennial must-attend for those eager to display their Chrysler products. Notably, this year witnessed the journey of a vehicle that traversed the continent, its owner making the trek to Canada during their move to their new home.
The front of the third-generation Ramcharger
This 2000 Dodge holds a distinctive status, crafted as a special machine tailored exclusively for the Mexican market. Serving as the third generation of the Ramcharger, this unique two-door crossover remained exclusive to Mexican dealerships, never gracing showrooms in any other market. Notably, the Ramcharger embodies a fusion of two distinct chassis elements, drawing from the foundation of the Dodge Ram and incorporating shared components from the Caravan models, particularly evident in the design of the body from the doors back.
The rear of the third-generation Ramcharger
This distinctive Mopar effortlessly infuses a sporty essence into the traditional sport utility vehicle. Sporting a wheelbase five inches shorter than any second-generation Ram model and propelled by a robust 5.2L V8 paired with a 4-speed manual transmission, this Ramcharger seamlessly combines the old-school flair of its predecessors within the contemporary design of its time. Originally acquired by its owner during their stay in Mexico, the SUV made the transcontinental journey to Canada when the owner relocated to the great white north. With around 58,000 kilometres on the odometer, this rare two-door sport truck stands as an exemplary representation of what this Dodge model looked like when it first graced the showroom floor.
The unique taillight of the Ramcharger was not seen on any other Chrysler product
While attending the Western Mopar Madness show, I was delighted to encounter this exceptionally rare Ramcharger, a vehicle that ventured far from its original home in Mexico. Though a handful of these models have crossed borders, finding new homes in various parts of Canada and, eventually, the United States once they reach the legal import age, each sighting remains a special occasion. This unique vehicle consistently captures attention, offering enthusiasts a rare and memorable experience when seen in person.
The interior of the Ramcharger, still shone immaculately 23 years after being built
Until next time, keep an eye out for the rarest of vehicles you can see, you never know if that Ram is something more than just a pickup!
- Kyle Hanger of Searching for Classics