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1978 Dodge Sportsman [B-200]

1978 Dodge Sportsman [B-200] in The Cannonball Run, Movie, 1981 IMDB

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: US

1978 Dodge Sportsman [B-200]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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teambanzai

2005-08-17 02:13

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this is the actual Dodge Van that Brock Yates drove in the real Cannonball Run in the mid 70's. It has a 426 Dick Landy Built Hemi. Per the audio commentary on the DVD he would have won the race if the transmission hadn't have given out in the desert just after entering California.

Rocker B. J.

2006-02-05 06:45

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1978 Dodge Sportsman B200. http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/B30039.jpg

-- Last edit: 2006-03-29 11:09:18

antp BE

2006-04-01 15:44

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bent8rover UK

2007-01-30 12:25

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Skid US

2007-10-13 19:41

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teambanzai wrote this is the actual Dodge Van that Brock Yates drove in the real Cannonball Run in the mid 70's. It has a 426 Dick Landy Built Hemi. Per the audio commentary on the DVD he would have won the race if the transmission hadn't have given out in the desert just after entering California.


Needham said it was a Hemi in the production commentary, but in his book on the races, Yates himself said it was a 440 Wedge. The latter makes more sense: The van had a 383 originally, and a 440 would have bolted right in. Installing a Hemi (which uses a different block) would have taken a mess of custom work.

-- Last edit: 2007-10-13 19:41:25

jimshine US

2008-04-25 06:47

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The engine was a 440, not a 426. The van actually really came with a 360. The big engine still dropped right in, though it had to go through the slider door to clear.


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fleetwood75

2011-05-21 07:51

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Skid wrote

Needham said it was a Hemi in the production commentary, but in his book on the races, Yates himself said it was a 440 Wedge. The latter makes more sense: The van had a 383 originally, and a 440 would have bolted right in. Installing a Hemi (which uses a different block) would have taken a mess of custom work.

Chrysler no longer made the 383 in '78, 360 makes more sense.

police car fan NL

2014-01-27 15:17

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police car fan NL

2014-01-28 23:05

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According to the IMDb trivia: "The ambulance used in the movie is the actual ambulance that Hal Needham and Brock Yates souped up and raced in the real Cannonball Run. It had been modified with a HEMI engine that made it go up to 145 mph and was equipped with four gas filler holes so that the required 90 gallons could be pumped quickly. Needham and Yates didn't actually win the race (the transmission blew in Palm Springs) so Needham kept it in storage for several years until the time came to make this film. After the movie, he gave it to a church charity which raised a good deal of money auctioning it off."

4070D182

2015-06-30 23:42

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fleetwood75 wrote
Chrysler no longer made the 383 in '78, 360 makes more sense.

it could also be a 400 or a 440

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