In the early '70s, pickup trucks were strictly utilitarian. They served as work horses. They hauled parts and towed either your camper or your race car. In 1972, the D-Series of trucks got a redesign, which lasted until 1980. This redesign included new styling cues, such as the scalloped hood. These trucks were built with a considerable amount of galvanized steel to resist rust and corrosion, making them very durable.

In 1972, Dodge was the first to build an extended cab pickup, with the introduction of the Club Cab. 1972 also saw the introduction of the 440 engine as an option for the light trucks.The 1972 D-Series was also made famous as the rescue vehicle in the television show Emergency.