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L’il Red Express to lose stacks

by David Zatz on

Chrysler showed a L’il Red Express truck, complete with smokestacks, at the big dealer show in Las Vegas earlier this year, saying it would be produced within the next two or three years (as we reported on 9/11/12). However, Ralph Gilles recently tweeted:

We recently looked into the stack thing, they are now illegal at least from an OEM

Update: the issue appears to be state, rather than federal, regulations. Engineer Bob Sheaves pointed out that there are many different state regulations on exhaust exits, with some states not regulating them at all.

While it will disappoint many potential buyers, the truck will likely still be a good runner, with Chrysler’s potent Hemi V8 coupled to an eight-speed automatic.

The Little Red Express truck was Chrysler’s last classic muscle car, with the 360 cubic inch V8 engine, the cam from a 1968 340 V8, a police carburetor, intake, and windage tray, dual exhausts, a cold air intake, and other performance goods.


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