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1978Impressive ExpressesTo accompany Karl Pippart's story of the Li'l Red Truck's development and history, we selected two examples of the breed for this story. The unmolested '78 version at left is owned by Bob Osborne of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and was purchased by him in the condition seen here. Since acquiring the inaugural-year machine in 1996, Osborne has used the truck primarily as a showpiece, making occasional cruise events with it. For the second example, Grover Hurley's restored '79 version above was our chosen feature. The Mount Morris, Michigan, resident purchased his truck after a previous owner had completed the restoration, though this particular truck was always properly cared for and has seen only 30,000 miles of use in the last 22 years. Hurley has owned his truck for more than five years now, enjoying sunny-day cruising and parking in the shady spots of car shows, as a final hurrah for the old Chrysler Corporation. Both of these trucks prove that Detroit's performance years weren't reserved strictly for the musclecar era. Both are representative of the factory construction, and they were indeed the little trucks that could...do anything, that is.