1950 Dodge DF1-08 ‘Pilot House’ light duty truck

An unrestored, display only pick-up truck

1950 Dodge Pilot House Pick Up Truck. Looks like tow mater from cars

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About This Dodge 'Pilot House'

This Dodge was sold new in 1950 to Mr H A South (Snr), a farmer from Mundubbera, Queensland. Harry A. South used the Dodge on his farm and around the area often going to local dances. It eventually became surplus to his needs and was then stored underneath the family home. The Dodge later passed to Mr Harry Allan South (Jnr) and was put up for auction by Anne South in 1991. The results of the auction remain unclear.

In 1999, H. A. South (Jnr) was having work done on a Bedford OB truck by Bill Cobden from Bill Budd’s Auto in Kirra, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Mr H A South (Jnr) struck a deal with Bill Cobden to pay for the work which included the Dodge as part payment.

Two weeks later it was purchased by Paul Wright, also from the Gold Coast. Driver Classics purchased the Dodge from Paul in October 2014.

It was decided to keep the Dodge ‘as is’ for a feature display on the back of the 1977 Kenworth W925 truck as the Dodge is quite a draw card in its original state.

The Dodge is powered by a Dodge 218ci 6 cylinder petrol engine with a 3 speed column shift transmission.

The Story

Produced in North America between 1948 and 1953, the Dodge Pilot House light duty trucks were also assembled and later manufactured by Chrysler in South Australia. The term ‘Pilot House’ was coined by Dodge to describe the taller cab and larger glass area which offered a better view of the road.