@loflyh That Continental Kit though
Pick your poison. Mine is ridiculous malaise luxury. Such as the 1981 Monolith A480DLS Permanent. An incredibly exciting name for an incredibly odd vehicle.
As you can see the A-Series is in fact a full size Pick-Up truck, a very american vehicle then. Even still, the A-Series was still manufactured in Germany, which resulted in one major problem. The Chicken Tax, a 25% Import tariff for foreign made light trucks that drastically increased the price of such vehicles, and caused many to either build manufacturing plants in NA or pull out of the market altogether. Not so Monolith. IMPs heavy trucks had been sold in the US, Mexico and Canada since the 1950s, with reasonable success too. But those weren’t affected by such tariffs and also included many locally sourced parts (Engines, Transmissions, Axles, Brakes etc.). Knowing that Monolith couldn’t compete with makes like Deer & Hunt on price alone, Monolith had to find a niche to remain a veritable option. As such Monolith was the first brand to offer diesel engines in light trucks as early as 1966, and from then on simply kept adding luxury features to their trucks. A north american Monolith between 1966 and 1985 nearly always came loaded with features such as AM/FM Radio, automatic transmission, Cruise control, Air Conditioning, electric windows and seats, cloth or leather upholstery, auxiliary working lights and a fridge for drinks etc. The only options were the choice between a Gasoline V8 engine of 4.1 or 4.5L Displacement or a 4.1/4.8L Straight six Diesel engine, and in case of the A-Series Pick-Up two or four wheel drive (The only other model was the 4WD M111/M112 Station Wagon).
Such was the case with this 1981 A480DLS model, notable for being equipped with permanent four-wheel drive, hence the name extension “Permanent”. The Name also gives away the 4.8L naturally aspirated diesel engine that produced a healthy 140hp. By no means fast, it was as capable as any competitor, with respectable economy to boot. Differences to the world market models were minimal, with sealed beam headlights, red indicators and side marker lights. Curiously absent from all 1978 to 1985 Monolith was Chrome, an intentional decision to give the vehicles a unique visual appearance from the norm. Monolith would not start to locally manufacture their trucks and SUVs until 1986, but when they did, the sales numbers unsurprisingly went through the roof.
(Note: as the truck is running a faksimile Diesel engine, and I could not find reliable information on contemporary regulations for Diesels in NA the truck in fact requires 98 Leaded fuel. If this is a violation of the spirit I’ll modify the submission.)