A tiny Dodge pickup with 80 oil-burning Mitsubishi horses under the hood.

1985 dodge ram 50 royal turbodiesel is junkyard treasure
Murilee Martin

We’ve seen a couple of incredibly rare diesel-powered Junkyard Treasures of the 1980s in recent weeks (an Olds Cutlass Ciera and a Toyota Corolla with the oil-burning engines that few Americans of the era felt willing to buy). And now here’s another long-forgotten diesel for your enjoyment: a Dodge-badged Mitsubishi Triton with a 4D55 oil-burner under the hood, found recently in a Northern California self-service car graveyard.

1985 dodge ram 50 royal turbodiesel is junkyard treasure
Murilee Martin

Chrysler, seeing the sales success of the Mazda-built Ford Courier and Isuzu-built Chevrolet LUV during the 1970s, made a deal with Mitsubishi to bring over the Triton (also known as the Forte) and give it Dodge D-50 and Plymouth Arrow badges. Eventually, the Plymouth version got the axe and the D-50 became the Ram 50. When Mitsubishi began selling its own vehicles here during the 1983 model year, the Triton became available in the United States with Mighty Max badges. This one has the mid-grade Royal trim level.

1985 dodge ram 50 royal turbodiesel is junkyard treasure
Murilee Martin

The interior is typical 1980s mini-truck, with industrial-grade upholstery and simple bucket seats.

1985 dodge ram 50 royal turbodiesel is junkyard treasure
Murilee Martin

The engine is a 2.3-liter straight-four non-intercooled diesel, a member of the very successful Mitsubishi Astron family. Power in this application was 80 hp. This engine would bolt into any number of Mitsubishis of the era, including the Cordia and Starion. The Mighty Max was available with this engine as well; this is the first example of a US-market Mitsubishi pickup I’ve ever seen with a diesel, in the junkyard or otherwise.

1985 dodge ram 50 royal turbodiesel is junkyard treasure
Murilee Martin

Not quite a quarter-million miles on the clock, but close.

Advertising for these trucks tended to emphasize the price.

If you wanted the Mitsubishi-badged version in 1985, you could get 9.9% financing, $99 down, and nine new features!

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