Curbside Classic Archive: American Brands – Chrysler

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Chrysler Corporation History

The Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaetons: The Royal Treatment   JP Cavanaugh

Chrysler’s Bi-Polar History: Crashes 1 – 5      Crashes 6 – 9   Paul N

Dodge Goes Global: Taking A Plastic Fork To A Knife Fight   William Stopford

The Comprehensive Chronology Of The Chrysler K-Car Family Tree   Jason Shafer


Chrysler’s Dream Cars from the Fifties:

1951 Chrysler K-310: The Beginning Of The Exner And The Toilet Seat Eras   Paul N

1953 Chrysler Ghia D’Elegance   Paul N

The Bad Dreams: Turboflyte And Imperial D’Elegance   Paul N

Dual Ghia & Ghia L 6.4: Turning Dreams Into Semi-Reality   Paul N

Dreams For Sale: The Early Production Chrysler Ghias   Paul N


Chrysler (brand)

1946 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan: A Slave To Fashion And Varnish   Paul N

1953 Chrysler Imperial: Easing Back Into The Luxury Game   JP Cavanaugh

1955 Chrysler New Yorker DeLuxe: Looks Like A Hundred Million Bucks   JP Cavanaugh

1955 Chrysler New Yorker DeLuxe St. Regis: How’s That For A Long Name?   Tom Klockau

1956 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country: You’ve Come A Long Way   Laurence Jones

1957 Chrysler New Yorker: Clara And The New Yorker That Never Was   Laurence Jones

1960 Chrysler Saratoga Sedan: Forward Fini   Laurence Jones

1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country: Exner’s Finest Truckster   Tom Klockau

1962 Chrysler 300 Sport: Funny Face   Laurence Jones

1962 Chrysler New Yorker: Adios Fins   Tom Halter

1963 Chrysler New Yorker: Virgil Exner Comes Full Circle (with some help?)   JP Cavanaugh

1964 Chrysler 300 K: Smile When You Say K Car   JP Cavanaugh

1965 Chrysler New Yorker   Aaron65

1965 Chrysler New Yorker: The Last Great Chrysler?   Paul N

1965 Chrysler New Yorker Town Sedan: The Better Last Great Chrysler?   Robert Kim

1965 Chrysler Newport: Two Old Grizzled Toughs   Paul N

1966 Chrysler Newport: Camelot Comes To Highland Park   Perry Shoar

1966 Chrysler Windsor: The Best Bad Decision I Ever Made (My CC)   BigOldChryslers

1967 Chrysler 300: Requiem For The Big American Sport Sedan   Robert Swartz

1967 Chrysler Newport Custom: Upscale, Downscale   Eric703

1968 Chrysler 300 Coupe: Elwood’s Designs Were Jake   Tom Klockau

1968 Chrysler Newport: Da Garage Is In Debasement   Jason Shafer

1969 Chrysler 300: Tokyo Leviathan…   Jim Brophy

1971 Chrysler New Yorker: Living Large   Tom Klockau

1972 Chrysler Newport Royal: Cool As Spearmint Certs   Joseph Dennis

1974 Chrysler Newport: Sorry, Please Play Again   JP Cavanaugh

1975 Chrysler Newport Custom: A New Yorker In Summer Clothes   Brendan Saur

1976 Chrysler Cordoba: Fine Corinthian Brougham   Tom Klockau

1977 Chrysler Cordoba: Sin Cuero Corintio   Robert Kim

1977 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham Coupe: The Recycled Imperial And The Recycled CC   Paul N

1977 Chrysler Newport: Frosted Gingerbread   Joseph Dennis

1977 Chrysler Newport St. Regis: Old Soldier   Tom Klockau

1978 Chrysler Cordoba: The Fine Little Chrysler   Paul N

1979 Chrysler New Yorker: Chrysler’s Deadly Sin #3 – The Rolling Coffin   Paul N

1979 Chrysler Newport: B Plus C Equals R   Tom Klockau

1980 Chrysler LeBaron: A Car (and a Company) In Transition   JP Cavanaugh

1981 Chrysler Cordoba LS: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go (Part 1)   Joseph Dennis

1981 Chrysler Cordoba LS: Introducing Darlene (Part 2)   Joseph Dennis

1981 Chrysler New Yorker: Failure Can Be Beautiful   Brendan Saur

1981 Chrysler Newport: Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates   Jason Shafer

1983 Chrysler E-Class: Not Passing For Luxury   Jim Grey

1984 Chrysler Executive Limousine: The Ultimate Eighties Folly-Mobile   Paul N

1985-89 Chrysler LeBaron GTS: Hatchback Setbacks   William Stopford

1985 Chrysler New Yorker: ReinKarnation   Paul N

1985 Chrysler Town & Country: Ready For Some Fresh Varnish   Paul N

1986 Chrysler New Yorker: Just A Little Off-Broadway Production   Brendan Saur

1986 Chrysler LeBaron: Have A Cup Of CAFE   JP Cavanaugh

1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country   Paul N

1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Turbo: The Queen Of The K-Cars   Perry Shoar

1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Convertible: Some Things Just Don’t Translate   JP Cavanaugh

1989 Chrysler’s TC By Maserati: The Deadly Sin Of Pretentious Overreaching   Paul N

1989 Chrysler’s TC by Maserati: The Chairman Has Gone Krazy   Brendan Saur

1990-93 Chrysler Imperial: Tarnished Crown   William Stopford

1990 Chrysler New Yorker Salon: No, It’s Not A Dynasty, And It Could Have Been Named Better   Jason Shafer

1990 Chrysler Town & Country: What Happened To My Wagon?   Tom Klockau

1991 Chrysler New Yorker: Paging Bill Blass   JP Cavanaugh

1992 Chrysler Fifth Avenue: The End Of Mopar’s Broughamance   Tom Klockau

1992 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible: Take Your Top Off, Sweetie   Jason Shafer

1992 Chrysler New Yorker Salon: Going To That Landau-Roofed Place In The Sky   Tom Klockau

1994 Chrysler LHS: The (Belated) Graduation Gift   Laurence Jones

1996 Chrysler LHS: Lost Hopeless Soul   Brendan Saur

1996-2000 Chrysler “NS” Minivans: The Culmination Of Nineties Chrysler   Brendan Saur

1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXi: Head In The Clouds   Brendan Saur

1998 Chrysler Town & Country SX: Voyaging Downward   Brendan Saur

2002 Chrysler Sebring LXi: Fading Hope Brendan Saur

2003 Chrysler Concorde Limited: A Last Hurrah For The LH   Brendan Saur

2004-08 Chrysler Pacifica: No Chernobyl, Not Even A Three Mile Island   William Stopford

2005 Chrysler Sebring Coupe: A Mitsubishi In All But Name   Brendan Saur

2007-09 Chrysler Aspen: A Modern Tribute To Lido   Brendan Saur

2015 Chrysler 200: Better, But Just How Much Better?   Brendan Saur


DeSoto

1953 DeSoto: Did Its Owners Catch It In The Pacific, On A Long-Ago Trip To The Oregon Coast?   Paul N

1957 DeSoto Firesweep: Curbside Service   Jason Shafer

1958 DeSoto Fireflite: The Forward Look Falls Flat On Its Face   Laurence Jones

1960 DeSoto Adventurer: Late Life Adventures


Dodge

1941 Dodge Business Coupe: Dodge Gives America The Business   Lee Wilcox

1949 Dodge Special DeLuxe: What The Plodge?! (Canada)   David Saunders

1955-56 Dodge LaFemme: I Am Marketing, Hear Me Roar   Imperialist

1956 Dodge Custom Royal: Canadian, Eh?   Moparlee

1959 Dodge Coronet: Chrome, Fins, And More Chrome   Tom Klockau

1959 Dodge Coronet Police Special: Yep, It’s The Real Thing   Jason Shafer

1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer: The Anti-Impala   JP Cavanaugh

1961 Dodge Lancer (& 1962 Lancer GT): How Are We Gonna Make You A Little Less Weird?   Laurence Jones

1963 Dodge Custom 880: The One That Got Away   Laurence Jones

1963 Dodge Dart Pickup: Do All Caterpillars Becomes Butterflies?   Jason Shafer

1964 Dodge Dart 270: The Valiant Brougham   Paul N

1965 Dodge Coronet 500: Family Carma   Paul N

1965 Dodge Dart GT: The Elemental MoPar   Paul N

1966 Dodge Coronet 500: This B-Body Earns An ‘A’   JP Cavanaugh

1966 Dodge Monaco 500: A First Love Song In C Major   Paul N

1967 Dodge Charger: Chrysler’s Marlin   Lee Wilcox

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible: Subtle Changes, Big Engine   Paul N

1967 Dodge Polara: Substance Over Style   Perry Shoar

1968 Dodge Charger Six: Rarer Than An (Original) Hemi Charger   Paul N

1968 Dodge Charger R/T: The Most Beautiful Car Of The Muscle Car Era?   Aaron65

1968 Dodge Coronet 500: My Youthful Desire   Dave Skinner

1968 Dodge Dart: “Which Old Folks Remember As A POS”   Paul N

1969 Dodge Coronet 440: Bread And Butter B-Body   Mike Burns

1970 Dodge Challenger: The Life Of The Party   Paul N

1970 Dodge Challenger: Vanishing Paint   David Saunders

1970 Dodge Charger R/T:  Magnum Patina   Paul N

1970 Dodge Charger:  Don’t Take This to the Police Ball  Jim Brophy

1972-74 Dodge Challenger “R/T”: Not Quite The Same   William Stopford

1972 Dodge Charger: The End Of An Era   Jeff Nelson

1974 Dodge Charger SE: Let’s Take A Muscle Car And Turn It Into A Brougham!   Tom Klockau

1974 Dodge Charger SE: Context Is Everything   Jason Shafer

1974 Dodge Dart Custom: “A Body” In Motion Tends To Stay In Motion   Jason Shafer

1975 Dodge Ramcharger: Dodge Charges Ahead Of Ford For A Change   Paul N

1976 Dodge Aspen (& Plymouth Volare): From An A To An F – Chrysler’s Deadly Sin #1   Paul N

1976 Dodge Royal Monaco: Gone, And Forgotten   Paul N

1978 Dodge Aspen Wagon: Defying Expectations Since The Carter Administration   Jason Shafer

1978-79 Dodge Magnum (& 1980-83 Mirada): Last Christmas These Stole My Heart   William Stopford

1978 Dodge Monaco: Dark Days For Dodge   Paul N

1978-89 Dodge Omni (& Plymouth Horizon): Detroit Finally Builds A Proper Small Car   Paul N

1979 Dodge Aspen Wagon: Super Six   Paul N

1979-81 Dodge St. Regis: The Perfect Storm   Jason Shafer

1980 Dodge Aspen: Rock Bottom And Loving It   Perry Shoar

1980 Dodge Diplomat Coupe: The Winter Of Dodge’s Discontent   Joseph Dennis

1981 Dodge Challenger: That Thing Does Got A Hemi  Paul N

1982 Dodge 400: Dodge Does Not Do Personal Luxury   Dave Skinner

1982 Dodge Rampage: No Thanks; We Like Our Pickups Extra Large   Paul N

1983 Dodge 600: E-Class With Less Class   William Stopford

1983 Dodge Aries: The K-Car Saves Chrysler   Paul N

1984 Dodge Shelby Charger: Let’s Take An Econobox And Turn It Into A Muscular Car!   Jason Shafer

1985 Dodge Caravan: Chrysler Hits A Grand Slam Homer   Paul N

1985 Dodge Diplomat: Darting Around The Aspens   Jason Shafer

1986 Dodge Daytona: The Un-Boxy K   Paul N

1986 Dodge Omni: Brighter Days Are On The Horizon   Brendan Saur

1987 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z: Baby Steps   Brendan Saur

1987-94 Dodge Shadow (& Sundance): Something For Everyone, Everything For No One   Andrew Parker

1987 Dodge Shelby Lancer: Special K   Perry Shoar

1988 Dodge Diplomat SE: Absolution Granted   Paul N

1989 Dodge 2000 GTX (Mitsubishi Galant): The Galant Canadian   David Saunders

1989 Dodge Caravan Turbo: Desperate Measures   Paul N

1989 Dodge Ramcharger LE: Mopar Joins The 4×4 Craze   Tom Klockau

1991-96 Dodge Stealth (& Mitsubishi 3000GT): The King of Diamonds   William Stopford

1994 Dodge Grand Caravan: This Is How We Do It, Nineties Style  Brendan Saur

1994 Dodge RAM2500 Cummins Diesel (My CC)   BigOldChryslers

1995 Dodge Neon Sport: Say Hi…To Dashed Expectations   Tom Klockau

1997 Dodge Intrepid ES: This Changes Everything   Brendan Saur

2001 Dodge Viper GTS: Yes, You Heard Correctly (My CC)   Tom Klockau

Shockingly Low Volume Production Cars: Dodge Edition   Jason Shafer


Eagle

1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD: The Eagle Has Landed   Brendan Saur

1993 Eagle Vision ESi: DeSoto 2.0   JP Cavanaugh

1997 Eagle Vision ESi: The Blind Leading The Blind  Brendan Saur


Imperial

1956 Imperial Southampton 2-Door Hardtop: Stunning In Pink   Brendan Saur

1959 Imperial: I Don’t Care, I Love It   Robert Kim

1962 Imperial Crown Convertible: For Those Who Want Attention And Exclusivity   Brendan Saur

1963 Imperial Crown Four-Door Hardtop: America’s Most Carefully Built Car   Brendan Saur

1963 Imperial Custom Four-Door: The Imperial Battleship   Mike Burns

1964 Imperial: I Don’t Hate You, I Nothing You   Robert Kim

1968 Imperial Crown Convertible: Fall Back, Men, Fall Back!   JP Cavanaugh

1973 Imperial LeBaron by Chrysler: Those Were The Days, My Friend   Tom Klockau

1973 Imperial by Chrysler: Fender Blades On A Fuselage (Design Analysis)   Alan Petrillo

1973 Imperial LeBaron by Chrysler (My CC)   Alan Petrillo

1975 Imperial LeBaron Coupe: The Last One Worthy Of Its Name   Paul N

1981 Imperial by Chrysler: It’s Time For You. Or Not   JP Cavanaugh


Jeep
(1988+ Jeeps listed here.  For all Jeep articles, see “American Brands: AMC, Jeep” Archive Portal)

1984-2001 Jeep Cherokee: The American Global Classic   Robert Kim

1984-91 Jeep Wagoneer Limited: Social Climber   William Stopford

1986-1992 Jeep Comanche: It Coulda Been A Contender   Jeff Nelson

1988 Jeep Comanche: The Case Of The Missing Extended Cab   Paul N

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Dorian Gray Goes To Horse Country   JP Cavanaugh

1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition: Explorer Eddie Bauers Are Just So Ordinary   Brendan Saur

2016 Jeep Renegade: Never Mind The Capability, Admire The Pastiche (Driving Impression)   Roger Carr


Plymouth

1936 Plymouth: I Can Take It For A Spin?   Paul N

1947 Plymouth Coupe Deluxe: Picking Up Where They Left Off   Perry Shoar

1951 Plymouth Cranbrook: Automotive Immortality   Paul N

1952 Cranbrook Belvedere: Does This Make My Butt Look Smaller?   Paul N

1953 Plymouth Cranbrook: What The Hell Else Can You Do With A ’53 Plymouth?   Jason Shafer

1954 Plymouth Savoy: Unexpected Affection   Brendan Saur

1955 Plymouth Belvedere Suburban: Suddenly It’s…1956   Paul N

1955 Plymouth Savoy: Elusive   Jason Shafer

1956 Plymouth Plaza: The Backward Forward Look   JP Cavanaugh

1957 Plymouth Belvedere: Truly The Star Of The Forward Look   JP Cavanaugh

1959 Plymouth Fury: Love Transcends Reason   JP Cavanaugh

1959 Plymouth Fury: Hijacked   Jason Shafer

1960 Plymouth Fury: What Planet Are YOU From?   Laurence Jones

1960 Valiant V-200: No, It’s Not a Plymouth, Not Yet   Tom Klockau

1961-62 Plymouth Valiant: No One’s Kid Brother   Laurence Jones

1962 Plymouth Fury: If You Think This Is Bad…   Laurence Jones

1963 Plymouth Belvedere: Continental Class At The End Of Camelot   Laurence Jones

1963 Plymouth Valiant: When The Curious Looking Get Self Conscious, Conform   Laurence Jones

1964 Plymouth Fury Convertible” Bridging The Great Divide   Aaron65

1965 Plymouth Barracuda: Better Than A Mustang In Horse Country   Paul N

1965 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em   Mike Butts

1965 Plymouth Valiant V-200: When Did I Start Noticing A-Bodies?   Aaron65

1965 Plymouth Valiant Wagon (w/ over 500k miles?)   Paul N

1966 Plymouth Belvedere: Nine Reasons To Buy One   Aaron65

1967 Plymouth VIP: Very Important Plymouth Or Footnote To The Great Brougham Epoch?   Tom Klockau

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula 340: The Worst Selling But Best Pony Car Of 1968   Paul N

1968 Plymouth Valiant Two Hundred: One Mean-Looking Compact   Jim Grey

1969 Plymouth Fury: Somewhere West Of Ogallala   Paul N

1970 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe: The Broughamiest ‘Cuda Around   Tom Klockau

1970 Plymouth Valiant: Edna Gets Her Car Tuned-Up   Jason Shafer

1971 Plymouth Fury III: Good Things Come For Those Who Wait   Brendan Saur

1971 Plymouth Road Runner: Sherwood Be Nice   Jason Shafer

1972 Plymouth Duster 340: The Tweaker   Paul N

1972 Plymouth Fury Suburban: The True Suburban Of Its Time   Paul N

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus: Prologue To The B-Body Brougham?   Brendan Saur

1972 Plymouth Scamp: A Tasty Little Number   Jason Shafer

1973 Fury III: An Ode To An Avocado Fury   Jason Shafer

1973 Fury III: Fuselage Friday   Brendan Saur

1973 Fury Coupe: Big Man On Campus   Paul N

1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus: Haven’t I Heard That Name Before?   Paul N

1974 Plymouth Duster: Another Unexpected Find   Longrooffan

1974 Plymouth Gold Duster: There’s Gold In Them Thar’ Hips   Paul N

1974-77 Plymouth Gran Fury: Struck By Oil   William Stopford

1974 Plymouth Satellite Custom: Almost Our Thanksgiving Turkey   JP Cavanaugh

1975 Plymouth Gran Fury: Bad Timing   Tom Klockau

1975 Plymouth Road Runner: Big Bird   Perry Shoar

1976 Plymouth Valiant Brougham: Least Likely Brougham   Tom Klockau

1976 Plymouth Volare (& Dodge Aspen): From An A To An F – Chrysler’s Deadly Sin #1   Paul N

1976-77 Plymouth Volare: Glamor Shots   Robert Kim

1977 Plymouth Arrow GS: Celeste Before The Fire   Dave Skinner

1978 Plymouth Fury (ex-cop car): I’d Recognize That Shape A Half-Mile Away   Paul N

1978-89 Plymouth Horizon (& Dodge Omni): Detroit Finally Builds A Proper Small Car   Paul N

1978 Plymouth Sapporo: Stayin’ Alive   Paul N

1979 Plymouth Horizon TC3: Beyond The Blue Horizon   Tom Klockau

1980 Plymouth Caravelle: T-Topped Canadian Special   Carey Haubrick

1983 Plymouth Reliant: The Lioness Feeds Tonight   Jason Shafer

1986 Plymouth Caravelle: All In The Family   Jason Shafer

1986 Plymouth Caravelle SE: This Ship Still Sails   Jim Grey

1987-94 Plymouth Sundance (& Shadow): Something For Everyone, Everything For No One   Andrew Parker

1987-94 Plymouth Sundance (& Shadow): Opposites Attract   Brendan Saur

1992-94 Plymouth Sundance Duster: Little Car, Big Engine   William Stopford

1994 Plymouth Acclaim: If It Was Good Enough For Zackman and Tina Turner…   Richard Bennett

1997 Plymouth Neon: Brightening Up The Compact Class   Brendan Saur

1997-2001 Plymouth Prowler: Suddenly It’s 1957   Gerardo Solis

1997 Plymouth Voyager Rallye: Split Personality Disorder   Brendan Saur

1999 Plymouth Breeze: Breeze In, Breeze Out   Brendan Saur

1999 Plymouth Prowler: If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It   Brendan Saur

Top 10 Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Mopar Edition – Part I, Part II, Part III   William S

Shockingly Low Volume Production Cars: Plymouth Edition   Jason Shafer


Colt Chronicles

Colt Chronicles Part 1: 1971-73 Dodge Colt – Chrysler Goes Shopping In Japan   Paul N

Colt Chronicles Part 2: 1974-77 Dodge Colt – The Colt Gets Americanized   Paul N

Colt Chronicles Part 3: 1978 Dodge Colt – The Little Colt   Dave Skinner

Colt Chronicles Part 4: 1978-81 Dodge Colt Station Wagon: Let Me Show You These…   Paul N

Colt Chronicles Part 5: 1979-83 Dodge Colt & Plymouth Champ/Colt – New Construction   Paul N

Colt Chronicles Part 6: 1984-91 Colt Vista Wagon – Mitsubishi Invents A New Category Of Vehicle   Paul N

Colt Chronicles Part 7: 1985 Colt – Eight Bit Origami   Perry Shoar

Colt Chronicles Part 8: 1989 Colt – Peak and Decline   Perry Shoar

Colt Chronicles Part 10: 1993 Colt – Death Of A Pony, Birth Of A Legend   Perry Shoar


Chrysler (South America and Mexico)

Brazilian Dodge Dart/Charger: Genuine Mopar V8 This Time Around   Rubens

1972 Dodge Dart: Plain Jane Mexican Dart With Long Black Hair (My CC)   Juan Agustin Romero Melchor

Dodge Darts Of The 1980s: Not Darting Away From A Good Name   William Stopford

Dodge Magnums Of The 1980s: Coming Down From A V8 High   William Stopford

1987-94 Chrysler Phantom: The Camargue of Mexican Chryslers   William Stopford

1999-2001 Dodge Ramcharger: Rising To The Challenge   William Stopford

Chrysler Stratus & Cirrus 2.4 Turbo: Clouds That Fly   William Stopford

2017 Dodge Neon & Vision: Hi! Again   William Stopford