The Dodge Ram Indy 500 Special Edition truck started life as a Ram 1500 short bed standard cab, equipped with the 5.9L Magnum V8 and the SLT Sport Package, modified with a monochromatic paint treatment in Brilliant Blue, twin white racing stripes, unique 17-inch wheels and performance rubber, and more. Approximately 2802 Indy Rams were built.
Above: Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division introduced the Dodge Indy 500 Special Edition at the North American International Auto Show. Its brother the Dodge Viper was the Pace Car in this 1996 classic Indy 500 race.
INDIANAPOLIS 5/26/96: Buddy Lazier, winner of the Indianapolis 500, takes a victory lap in the Dodge Ram pace truck around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Fifty Vipers with their owners take a parade lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5/24. The Dodge Viper is the Pace car for the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The Dodge Viper GTS Coupe was the pace car for the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500 and Chrysler President Robert Lutz, a former race car driver himself, set the pace for the Indy 500. Lutz gets direction during his final practice 5/24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a member of the United States Auto Club, the ruling body for the Indianapolis 500.
Robert A. Lutz, who was Chrysler Corporation President on May 26, 1996, with a Dodge Viper GTS that he drove to set the pace for the start of the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Retired – 7/1/98)
Production numbers for the 1996 Dodge Ram Indy 500 Special Edition truck varies according to source. These numbers should only be used as a guideline. Most sources agree that Dodge built between 2802 and 3,212 of these cool trucks.
1996 Dodge Ram 1500 “Indy 500 Special Edition Group”
USA = 2,846 – Canada = 361 – Export = 5 Total = 3,212
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