Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1971 Dodge Phoenix DG – Plymouth Fury, Australian Style

Fuselages catch my eye anyway, but this one titled “Dodge Phoenix” threw me for a minute, or two. Another Canadian Plodge? Then I saw it was posted by Peter Wilding, who is from Australia. Aha! Another alter-universe Dodge from down under.

Jason Shafer did the full story on these large Chrysler Corp cars in Australia here, so I’m not going to repeat it. These were locally assembled from kits, and undoubtedly sourced from Canada. And of course, its donor was a Plymouth Fury, 1971 model year. 1972 was the last year for these, to be replaced by the Valiant-based “Chrysler by Chrysler“.

Here’s how the front of these looked. Only 400 per year were assembled, and each dash had a numbered plaque. The hardtops got a standard 383, and the sedans the 318.

Those additional indicator lights had to be added to meet Australian requirements.

This one has had its roof de-vinylized, and been treated to a purple or plum paint job. It rather works for me.


Lots more: Americans Down Under – Dodge Edition  J. Shafer