The K-car platform performed spectacularly for Chrysler. As the architecture underneath the Dodge Caravan, it launched the company into a more prosperous era. Front-wheel drive vehicles established themselves in the 80s, and the K-car was part of the vanguard responsible for their wide acceptance. By the early 90s the platform was a bit dated. But it soldiered on as the AA-body. Which is what sits underneath this Acclaim.
Any Acclaim that made it this far must have been well cared for. The fact that it’s a 1995 model year probably helps too. That was the final year for the Acclaim and its brethren, the Dodge Spirit and Chrysler Lebaron. At 25 years old, I thought this Acclaim automatically qualified for New York’s historical license plates, but it appears the car needs one more year before it becomes eligible.
But let’s be honest: The likelihood of someone putting historical license plates on this car is slim. That’s actually a bit of a shame. There can’t be too many of these left, especially in this condition. At 116,370 miles, it’s at least been driven a decent amount too. And it has the Mitsubishi 3.0 liter V6. If paired with the TorqueFlite three speed automatic, it stands a decent chance of survival. Whoever ends up with this car will have 141 horsepower and 172 Ib-ft of torque at their disposal. Pretty good numbers for the mid 90s.
$1400 is not an unreasonable price to pay this car. Hopefully, its next owner treats it like the historical artifact it’s become.
Source: Albany, NY craigslist