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Dakota convertible production was 2,842 in 1989;  then 909 in 1990;
and another 8 in 1991.  Here are the two remaining factory 1991 Dakota convertibles.

The black one is the 1 and ONLY Dakota convertible with an 8 foot bed ever made.
Notice the big difference in bed length in front of the gas cap door.
Here are the only 1991's that remain, the long bed is FOR SALE, 1 hour from Peoria, IL
1991 Dodge Dakota convertible   1991 Dodge Dakota convertible  
Open air seating now available.


The 1989-1990-1991 Dodge Dakota Convertible.  This model Dakota is all factory.  In 1988, Dodge made a contract with ASC (then American Sunroof Company, now American Specialty Cars) to finish the roadster pickups based on the new Dakota line.  They came in two or four-wheel drive.  The "Dakota roadster pickup" makes a great summer cruiser.

Dakota convertible! The first American convertible pickup since the Ford Model A, it featured a fixed roll bar and an uncomplicated manual top. There were 2,842 built that first year, another 909 in 1990 and only 8 in 1991.  Total manufactured = 2,842 + 909 + 8 = 3759, then subtract 59 destroyed during testing. Total made for sale Equals: 3700

In order to fulfill the Dodge Division's commitment to the American Sunroof Company, production of the "drop top" Dakota was extended into the 1991 model year. These models were equipped with the updated front fascia that all 1991's received. Production was extremely limited, with just 8 produced in total, making them the most rare Dodge made. No advertising was given to these 8 trucks, and they do not appear in sales literature.
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When Dodge was named official pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500, the company intended to use the Dodge Stealth. That was until the United Auto Workers vigorously protested because the Stealth was manufactured in Japan. This unexpected dilemma caused Dodge to get the Viper prototype ready for the May 1991 race. The Pace Car's driver was the legendary Carroll Shelby. For the parade lap with the actual Race drivers standing in the back of pickups, nothing was better to show off Dodge's forward thinking than the Dakota convertible.  They took unsold 1990 Dakota convertibles and all the 1991 Dakota convertibles.  In a rush to be ready for the race, they grabbed the next 8 Dodge Dakotas coming off the assembly line and upgraded them to convertibles.
ONE was a long bed.

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