I think Ram is now a separate subsidiary of Fiat-Chrysler? Ram used to be just a moniker under the Dodge brand name. My little '87 mini truck was called a 'Dodge Ram 50'. In previous years, it was named 'Dodge D-50', no Ram in the name. My old '78 Dodge was named 'Dodge D-150', no Ram in the name, though it did have the ram's head logo on the hood.
The Dodge Ram (currently marketed as a separate brand from Dodge in the United States and Canada) is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by the Chrysler Group LLC. As of late 2010, it has been sold under the Ram Trucks brand. Previously, Ram was part of the Dodge lineup of light trucks. The name Ram was first used in 1981 on the redesigned Ram and Power Ram following the retiring and rebadging of the Dodge D Series pickup trucks as well as B-series vans. The truck is named for the Ram hood ornament that first appeared on Dodge vehicles in 1933.
I think the "Ram" first came about with the "Ramcharge" SUV/Station Wagon. Then was later added to the pick up line not sure the frist year that the name Ram started showing up on the pickup.
I had a 1974 Plymouth Trailduster?, 78,82? and a 85 Ramcharger. All used for snow plowing and all great trucks/SUV.
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Chrysler the only one to pay back 100% of their loans from the Government. *The Old Car Company" still owes 1.6 billion. Is that better Chuckles
The original Dodge Ram logo came from sculptor Avard T. Fairbanks, who was working at the University of Michigan in 1929; he needed a new car to replace his Willys-Knight, and offered his services to Chrysler Corporation in exchange for designing a hood ornament. Dodge pickups have had a ram hood ornament off and on since that time.
From about 1960 until 1964, when the 426 Hemi came along, the word Ram became well known in association with Chrysler's Ram-Charger induction system with its wild intake manifold runners that took advantage of the pulses created in the runners to force more air into the cylindes. Sort of a poor man's supercharger.
The word is also associated with the highly successful factory sponsored drag racing team from the 60's called The Ramchargers and was used to name the Ramcharger SUV, built from 1974 to 1991.
So, it would seem that Dodge pickups have been closely associated with the word Ram almost since the beginning of Dodge.
And now we all have a bit more useless knowledge.
Damn you beat me to it! Allpar has it (the info). I can't post the link right now.
From Allpar's web site; One evening I got an urgent call from the engineers at Dodge automobile company asking me to meet them in ten minutes. They explained that they had 10,000 cars that needed hood ornaments and that they wanted something as attractive as the ornament on a Rolls Royce, but for the cheapest car! I took along my clay and an animal book by my friend William Hornaday and spent the next several days at their headquarters. They brought in food and a couch and I went to work.
I suggested a mountain lion, a tiger, a jaguar and other animals. Finally I started modeling a mountain sheep. When the engineers read that the ram was the "master of the trail and not afraid of even the wildest of animals" they became enthusiastic about the symbol. Walter P. Chrysler wasn't as convinced. But I explained that anyone seeing a ram, with its big horns, would think "dodge." He looked at me, looked at the model, scratched his head and said, "That's what I want - go ahead with it."