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Most auto enthusiasts know of the familial relationship between Chevrolet and GMC trucks – mechanically they are the same and differ only in minor styling cues and badging. But unless you’re an automotive history buff and familiar with vehicles sold outside the U.S. market, you probably don’t know that at one time Dodge trucks had a similar sibling: Fargo trucks. Although Fargo trucks were essentially rebadged Dodges for most of the brand’s existence, Fargo started out as a separate company long before there was a Chrysler Corporation, just as the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, which would become GMC, predated General Motors.

The original Fargo Motor Car Company was located in Chicago, where it built trucks from 1913 to 1922. In 1928 the Chrysler Corporation, which had been founded three years earlier, wanted to get into the commercial truck business and bought the Fargo company to complement its Plymouth and DeSoto car brands. The newly reconstituted Fargo line included light express and delivery vehicles, as well as dump trucks and semi-tractors, which were created using many existing Chrysler, Plymouth, and DeSoto engines, chassis, and other parts. However, Chrysler’s range of trucks soon became overcrowded with the subsequent purchase of the Dodge Brothers Company, who in addition to its own line of light trucks, had also been selling Graham Brothers medium and heavy-duty trucks since 1921.

Following the Dodge acquisition, the Graham trucks were rebadged as Dodges, and Chrysler marketed both Dodge and Fargo trucks. But Dodge, having been in continuous operation since 1914, had much greater name recognition and the brand far outsold its Fargo counterparts. In 1930, when the great depression began affecting all new vehicle sales, Chrysler discontinued the meager-selling Fargo line of trucks in the U.S. But instead of completely ending the brand, the decision was made to make Fargo the company’s export line of trucks. The new Fargos would not be a completely separate line, but rather Dodge trucks with minor sheet metal and badging changes. Fargos were sold in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America, and the international focus made the Fargo “over the globe” logo entirely appropriate.

Fargo trucks for export to all other countries except Canada were initially made in the United States. All Fargos sold in Canada were manufactured there. Eventually Fargos were also manufactured at Chrysler subsidiaries in England, Spain and Australia. In 1962 Chrysler entered into a joint venture in Turkey that became Askam Truck Manufacturing, which in addition to Fargo, also built trucks bearing the Dodge and DeSoto brand names. In Canada in the 1930s, Chrysler’s sales organization consisted of Dodge-DeSoto and Chrysler-Plymouth dealers, with Fargos sold through the latter so those dealers had a truck to sell. From the 1930s through the 1970s, Fargo trucks were sold in many parts of the world, always virtually mirroring Chrysler’s Dodge truck offerings. Fargos were available as everything from light duty pickups and vans, to medium and heavy-duty forward and conventional cab trucks in various capacities that could be configured as box trucks, flat beds, stake bodies, dump trucks, utility trucks, fire engines, and semi-tractors. Even the famed Dodge Power Wagon could be had bearing the Fargo name.

The end of the line for the Fargo brand started in the 1970s. In Canada, although there had been some slight styling and trim variations between them, by the 1960s just about all pretense of differences between Dodge and Fargo trucks were dropped, as the model names became the same and both truck lines were even marketed together. In 1972 the Fargo nameplate was discontinued and Canadian Chrysler-Plymouth dealers began selling Dodge trucks. Later in the decade Dodge exited the medium and heavy-duty commercial truck business, which also spelled the end for their Fargo clones. In 1978 Chrysler ended its association with Askam, but that company continued to sell Fargo trucks of its own design until they closed in 2015.

Their usefulness means trucks typically hold their value far longer than passenger cars. Long after the average car went to the crusher the same vintage truck can often still be found hauling, towing and providing dependable service to the owner. Although most Fargos were produced some time ago, because they were based on popular Dodge truck models we can offer you thousands of parts and supplies to help keep your truck maintained and in good repair, so you can enjoy the same reliable service.

Dress your vehicle up. Keep it running at its peak or unleash its hidden power. Make it look like it just rolled off the show room floor. Take care of it and maintain it. You name it, we've got it. We have gathered everything you need to make your Fargo perfect both inside and out. CARiD's job is to meet your every expectation and provide you with quality and durable accessories and parts designed with excellence in mind. Whether you're after luxurious style, brisk performance, or anything in between, our wide assortment covers all the bases.

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