American Brands – Chrysler

The following are mostly full-length features for passenger cars, CUVs and Minivans. Pickups, SUVs, Fullsize Vans and all other trucks are archived in the “Trucks” Portal.  Buses are in their own Portal. For other Chrysler Corp. cars covered at CC and not archived here, use the “Search Curbside Classic” on the upper right side of the front page.

Chrysler Corporation History

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

The Comprehensive Chronology of the Chrysler K Car   J. Shafer

Chrysler’s Dream Cars from the Fifties:

Turning Dreams Into Semi-Reality: Dual Ghia and Ghia L 6.4

The Bad Dreams: Turboflyte and Imperial D’Elegance

Dreams For Sale: The Production Chrysler Ghias

1953 Chrysler Ghia D’Elegance

1951 Chrysler K310: The Beginning Of The Exner Era

The Chrysler Parade Phaetons  J. P. Cavanaugh

Chrysler (brand)

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

1947 Town & Country Sedan: The Termite Taxi  (Cohort Sighting, Companion Piece to the 1946 T&C)  Paul N

1953 Chrysler Imperial    J P Cavanaugh

1955 New Yorker Deluxe St. Regis: How’s That For A Long Name?

1955 New Yorker Deluxe: Look Like A Hundred Million Bucks    J P Cavanaugh

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

1957 New Yorker

1960 Saratoga Sedan: Forward Fini

1961 New Yorker Town & Country   Tom Klockau

1962 New Yorker Sedan: Adios Fins   T.Halter

1962 Chrysler 300 Sport: Funny Face

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

1964 300K : Smile When You Say K Car     J P Cavanaugh

1964 Sedan Deville Four Door Hardtop: Every Car Has a Story, But Some Are Just Better Than Others

1965 Chrysler New Yorker   Aaron65

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

1965 Newport Coupe: Two Grizzled Old Toughs

1966 Chrysler Newport: Camelot Comes To Highland Park   Perry Shoar

1966 Chrysler Windsor: The Best Bad Decision I Ever Made   BigOldChryslers

1967 Chrysler 300: Requiem for the Big American Sportscar   R.Swartz

1967 Newport Custom: Upscale, Downscale   Eric703

1968 300 Coupe: Elwood’s Designs Were Jake

1968 Newport   Jason Shafer

1969 Chrysler 300:  Tokyo Leviathan   Jim Brophy

1971 New Yorker   Tom Klockau

1972 Newport Royale: Cool As Spearmint Certs   J. Dennis

1974 Chrysler Newport: Sorry, Please Play Again  J P Cavanaugh

1975 Newport Custom – A New Yorker In Summer Clothes  Brendan Saur

1976 Cordoba: Fine Corinthian Brougham

1977 Newport St. Regis – Old Soldier

1977 Newport: Frosted Gingerbread   J. Dennis

1977 Cordoba Sin Cuero Corintio  Robert Kim

1978 Cordoba: The Fine Little Chrysler

1979 Newport: B Plus C Equals R

1979 Newport – A Like-New Newport in Portland  Brendan Saur

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

1980 LeBaron: A Car (and a Company) In Transition  J P Cavanaugh

1981 Cordoba LS   Brendan Saur

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 Newport    Jason Shafer

1981 New Yorker: Failure Can Be Beautiful  Brendan Saur

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

1984 Executive Limousine: The Ultimate Eighties Folly-Mobile

1985-89 LeBaron GTS: Hatchback Setbacks   William Stopford

1985 New Yorker: ReinKarnation

1986 Chrysler LeBaron: Have A Cup Of CAFE   J P Cavanaugh

1986 Chrysler Le Baron Town & Country Wagon (Capsule)

1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Turbo Wagon  Perry Shoar

1986 Chrysler LeBaron Sedan – I’ll Have The Burgundy  Joseph Dennis

1986 LeBaron T&C Convertible: Some Things Just Don’t Translate  J P Cavanaugh

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

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

1989 Chrysler’s TC By Maserati: Jackpot!  Joseph Dennis

1990 Town & Country: What Happened To My Wagon?

1990 New Yorker Salon   Jason Shafer

1990-1993 Chrysler Imperial: Tarnished Crown  W. Stopford

1991 New Yorker: Paging Bill Blass

1992 Fifth Avenue: The End Of Mopar’s Broughamance

1992 LeBaron Convertible: Take Your Top Off, Sweetie

1992 New Yorker Salon  Tom Klockau

1994 Chrysler LHS: The (Belated) Graduation Gift

1996 Chrysler LHS: Lost Hopeless Soul   Brendan Saur

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

1998 Cirrus LXi: Head In The Clouds  Brendan Saur

1998 Town & Country SX: Voyaging Downward  Brendan Saur

2002 Sebring LXi: Fading Hope Brendan Saur

2003 Concorde Limited: The LH’s Last Hurrah  Brendan Saur

2004-2008 Pacifica  William Stopford

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

2007-2009 Aspen: A Modern Tribute To Lido  Brendan Saur

2015 Chrysler 200 (Driving Impressions)  Brendan Saur

DeSoto

1953 DeSoto   PN

1957 Firesweep: Curbside Service

1958 Fireflite: The Forward Look Falls Flat On Its Face

1960 Adventurer Sedan: Late Life Adventures

Dodge

1941 Business Coupe: Dodge Gives America The Business

1949 Dodge Special DeLuxe: What The Plodge? (Canadian Version)

1955-1956 LaFemme: I Am Marketing, Hear Me Roar   Imperialist

1959 Coronet Sedan: Chrome, Fins, And More Chrome

1959 Coronet Police Car   Jason Shafer

1961 & 1962 Lancer/GT: How Are We Going To Make You A Little Less Weird?

1963 Custom 880: The One That Got Away

1963 Dart GT:  A Six Pack of a Different Kind    Paul N

1963 Dodge Dart Pickup  Jason Shafer

1964 Dart 270:  The Valiant Brougham   Paul N

1965 Coronet 500 Hardtop Coupe: Family Carma

1965 Dart GT: The Elemental MoPar

1966 Coronet 500 – This B-Body Earns an A  J P Cavanaugh

1966 Monaco 500 Hardtop    Paul N

1967 A-100 Van: What Are You Doing Here, Eugene

1967 Charger: Chrysler’s Marlin

1967 Coronet R/T Convertible (Capsule)

1967 Dodge Polara: Substance Over Style  Perry Shoar

1968 Dodge Charger Six: Rarer Than A Hemi Charger  Paul N

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

1968 Dart 270 Sedan: Which Old Folks Remember As A POS

1968 Coronet 500 Coupe: My Youthful Desire

1969 Coronet 440: Bread And Butter B-Body

1970 Challenger: The Life Of The Party

1970 Challenger: Vanishing Paint

1970 Charger R/T:  Magnum Patina  Paul N

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

1972 Charger: The End Of An Era

1973 Coronet: Bi-Directional, Twin-440 Powered Experimental Police Pursuit

1973 Dodge Challenger Ralleye – No Need To Frown  Joseph Dennis

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

1974 Charger SE: Let’s Turn A Muscle Car Into A Brougham   Tom Klockau

1974 Charger SE:  Context Is Everything   Jason Shafer

1976 Royal Monaco: Gone, And Forgotten

1976 Aspen  Chrysler’s Deadly Sin #1   Paul N

1978 Aspen Wagon: Defying Expectations Since The Carter Administration

1978-79 Magnum & 1980-83 Mirada  William Stopford

1978 Monaco: Dark Days For Dodge  Paul Niedermeyer

1978 Omni: Detroit Finally Builds a Proper Small Car   Paul N

1979 to 1981 Dodge St. Regis  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 Challenger: That Thing Does Got A Hemi

1982 400: Dodge Does Not Do Personal Luxury

1982 Dodge Rampage: No Thanks; We Like Our Pickups Large   PN

1982 Dodge Rampage – A Forgotten Page In The Ram’s History (Outtake)  Brendan Saur

1983 600: E-Class With Less Class  William Stopford

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

1984 Caravan: Chrysler Hits a Grand Slam Homer   Paul N

1984 Shelby Charger    Jason Shafer

1985 Dodge Diplomat  Jason Shafer

1986 Daytona: The Un-Boxy K

1986 Omni: Brighter Days Are On The Horizon  Brendan Saur

1986 Dodge Ram Pickup: Not Exactly The Cobra In the Barn  Jim Klein

1987 Daytona Shelby Z: Baby Steps  Brendan Saur

1987 Shelby Lancer: Special K  Perry Shoar

1987 Diplomat SE: Absolution Granted

1989 Caravan Turbo: Desperate Measure

1989 Dodge Ramcharger LE: Mopar Joins The 4X4 Craze

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

1994 Dodge RAM2500 Cummins Diesel  Bigoldchryslers

1994 Shadow: Something For Everyone, Everything For No One

1995 Intrepid: This Changes Everything

1995 Neon Sport Coupe: Say Hi…To Dashed Expectations

2001 Viper GTS – Yes, You Heard Correctly (My CC)

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

 

Eagle

1990 Talon TSi AWD – The Eagle Has Landed  Brendan Saur

1993 Vision ESi – DeSoto 2.0  J P Cavanaugh

1997 Vision ESi – The Blind Leading The Blind  Brendan Saur

Imperial

1956 Imperial Southampton Two-Door Hardop: Stunning in Pink  Brendan Saur

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

1962 Imperial Crown Convertible Coupe: 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

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

1967 Imperial Crown Coupe: Ode To My First Curbside Classic (Capsule)  Brendan Saur

1968 Imperial Convertible: Fall back, Men, Fall Back!  J P Cavanaugh

1972 Imperial LeBaron Hardtop Sedan – Rolling Manhattan, Extra Dry  Joseph Dennis

1973 Imperial LeBaron: My Curbside Classic  73 Imp Cap’n

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

Fender Blades On A Fuselage: Styling Analysis Of The 1973 Imperial By Chrysler  73 Imp Cap’n

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

1981 Imperial by Chrysler: It’s Your Time: Or Not  J P Cavanaugh

Jeep

1945 Willys Jeep MB: The Icon Of Freedom

1948 Willys Jeep MB: In The Beginning  J P Cavanaugh

1948 Willys Jeep MB – Driving Impression  J P Cavanaugh

1947 Willys CJ-2A Jeep: The Universal

1950 Jeepster: Another Brooks Stevens Beauty

1951 Willys Truck: The Antidote To Modern Life

Jeep CJ-5    Robert Kim

1965 Jeep Gladiator J2000 – Holy Toledo!  J P Cavanaugh

1965 Gladiator J3000: The Truck of the Future  Paul N

1967 and 1972 Jeepster Commando: Jeep Gets Stuck

1967 Commando: Rough and Ready

1979 Cherokee: I Love Bacon (CC Capsule)

1982 Jeep DJ-5 Dispatcher: Still Delivering The Mail After 30 Years  Robert Kim

1984 Cherokee: AMC’s Greatest Hit Thanks To Renault  Paul N

Jeep Cherokee — The American Global Classic  Robert Kim

1984-91 Wagoneer: Social Climber   William Stopford

1986-1992 Jeep Comanche: It Coulda Been A Contender

Commanche: The Case Of The Missing Extended Cab

1989 Grand Wagoneer: Dorian Gray Goes To Horse Country  J P Cavanaugh

1994 Grand Cherokee Laredo: If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, Then It Probably Is (COAL) Brendan Saur

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

1999 Grand Cherokee Laredo: Rotor Eater (COAL)  Brendan Saur

Plymouth

1936 Plymouth: I Can Take It For A Spin?

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

1950 All-Steel Wagon: The First Modern Wagon (Photos by CC Cohort Davo)

1951 Cranbrook: Automotive Immortality

1952 Cranbrook Belvedere Hartop Coupe: Does This Make My Butt Look Smaller?   PN

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

1954 Savoy    Brendan saur

1955 Belvedere Suburban: Suddenly It’s…1956

The Elusive 1955 Savoy

1956 Plymouth Plaza: The Backward Forward Look  J P Cavanaugh

1957 Belvedere: Truly The Star Of The Forward Look

1959 Plymouth Fury: Love Transcends Reason J P Cavanaugh

1959 Plymouth Fury – Hijacked  Jason Shafer

1960 Fury: What Planet Are YOU From?

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

1961 – 1962 Valiant: No One’s Kid Brother

1962 Fury: If You Think This Is Bad

1963 Belvedere: Continental Class At The End Of Camelot

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

1964 Plymouth Fury Convertible – Bridging the Great Divide   Aaron65

1965 Barracuda: Better Than A Mustang In Horse Country

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

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

1965 Valiant Wagon With Over 400K Miles: The Ultimate Roach?

Nine Reasons to Buy a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere   Aaron65

1967 VIP: Very Important Plymouth or Footnote to the Great Brougham Epoch?

1968 Valiant V200   Jim Grey

1968 Barracuda Formula 340: The Worst Selling But Best Pony Car Of 1968  PN

1969 Fury: Somewhere West Of Ogallala

1970 Valiant: Edna Gets Her Car Tuned-Up

1970 Barracuda Gran Coupe   Tom Klockau

1970 Valiant Duster – My Dad And His Plymouth Duster, Two Foreigners In GM-Land  Joseph Dennis

1971 Fury III    Brendan Saur

1971 Road Runner: Sherwood Be Nice

1972 Duster 340: The Speed Freak

1972 Scamp: A Tasty Little Number

1972 Fury Suburban   Paul N

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

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

1973 Fury Coupe    Paul N

1973 Plymouth Fury  Jason Shafer

1974 Gold Duster: There’s Gold In Them Thar Hips

1974 Duster (CC Capsule)

1974-77 Gran Fury: Struck By Oil   William Stopford

1974 Satellite Custom: Almost Our Thanksgiving Turkey   J P Cavanaugh

1974 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus – Satellite of Love  Joseph Dennis

1975 Gran Fury: Bad Timing (Capsule)

1975 Plymouth Road Runner: Big Bird  Perry Shoar

1976 Valiant Brougham: Least Likely Brougham

1976 Volare:  Chrysler’s Deadly Sin #1    Paul N

Plymouth Volare — Glamor Shots  Robert Kim

1977 Plymouth Arrow GS: Celeste Before the Fire  Dave Skinner

1978 Fury (ex Cop car): I’d Recognize That Shape A Half-Mile Away

1978 Horizon: Detroit Finally Builds a Proper Small Car   Paul N

1978 Sapporo: Stayin’ Alive

1979 Horizon TC3

1983 Plymouth Reliant: The Lioness Feeds Tonight

1986 Caravelle  Jason Shafer

1987 Caravelle SE

1987-1994 Sundance: Opposites Attract  Brendan Saur

1992-94 Sundance Duster William Stopford

1994 Acclaim

1994 Sundance: Something For Everyone, Everything For No One

1995 & 2000 First & Second Generation Plymouth Neons – A Parallel-Parked Pair Of Purple Plymouths  Joseph Dennis

1997 Neon: Brightening Up The Compact Class  Brendan Saur

1997-2001 Prowler: Suddenly it’s 1957  (Future Classic)  Gerardo Solis

1997 Voyager Rallye: Split Personality Disorder

1999 Breeze   Brendan Saur

Shelby

1987 Shelby Lancer Perry Shoar

Colt

CC Colt Chronicles, Part 1: 1971-1973 Dodge Colt – Chrysler Goes Shopping In Japan  Paul N

CC Colt Chronicles, Part 2: 1974-1977 Dodge Colt – The Colt Gets Americanized  Paul N

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

CC Colt Chronicles, Part 4: 1978-1981 Dodge Colt Station Wagon  Paul N

CC Colt Chronicles, Part 5: 1979-1983 Dodge Colt and Plymouth Champ/Colt – New Construction  Paul N

CC Colt Chronicles, Part 6: 1984-1991 Colt Vista Wagon – Mitsubishi Invents A New Category of Vehicle  Paul N

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

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

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

Most Obscure Special Editions & Forgotten Limited-Run Models

Mopar Edition, Part 1

Mopar Edition, Part 2

Mopar Edition, Part 3

Chrysler South America and Mexico

Brazilian Dodge Dart/Charger    Rubens

1972 Dart (Mexico)

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

Dodge Darts of the 1980s – Not Darting Away From A Good Name   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 and Cirrus 2.4 Turbo – Clouds That Fly   William Stopford

2017 Dodge Neon and Vision – Hi! Again   William Stopford