Although officially classed as a scooter, the all-wheel drive and three-row seat of the 1966 Dodge Town Wagon Power Wagon made it the forerunner of modern full-size SUVs. A well-restored example of this burly machine was recently featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage,” and it’s a must-see for fans of vintage wheels.
This truck is not part of Leno’s collection, but he played a major role in its revival. In the video, he explains that he’s been contacted by the original owner’s daughter – a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – who wants to return the rusting Dodge a good house. He connected the owner with Steve Hofmann, who delivered the car for Leno and was looking for one of these little-known vehicles.
Hofmann was attracted to the Town Wagon Power Wagon because of its solid construction and military pedigree. The Power Wagon name was first applied to civilian versions of the Dodge military truck that began to be sold after World War II. Hofmann also has one of the older trucks that he is slowly restoring.
1966 Dodge Town Wagon Power Wagon on Jay Leno’s Garage
Aside from the name, the Town Wagon doesn’t have much in common with Original electric car. It is based on the next generation Dodge Sweptline pickups from the early 1960s. However, the bodywork is derived from Dodge trucks from the 1950s.
Power is provided by a 200-horsepower 318-inch V-8, which was optional in 1966. The ubiquitous “Slant Six” engine is standard, but Hofmann says the V The -8 can barely move the Town Wagon at 60 mph, the six-cylinder probably requires a very patient rider.
While the Jeep Wagoneer and International Travelall sell well as alternative family cars, the Town Wagon Power Wagon is more utilitarian. Most of their customers are businesses or government fleets, Hofmann says, which may explain why Dodge isn’t as well-remembered as its contemporaries. So you should definitely watch the full video to learn more about it.