Vintage Snapshots: 1974 Chrysler Newport, 1970 Dodge Monaco And Polara In Europe — At The Army

If memory serves me right, we haven’t had many Mopar products from the 1970s lately. So before fans of the Pentastar from that era go into withdrawal, I thought these vintage images may do the trick. It’s an interesting trio; a ’74 Chrysler Newport and a 1970 Dodge Polara and Monaco. All parked in some kind of military facility in Europe.

The nice thing about this post is that it even has goodies for those who don’t favor American iron. Want European? No problem! Just look at the rather interesting samples around these Mopar products. Next to the Polara, we got a neat grey Ford Capri. And further down, we can see a Ford 17M Taunus.

European machinery aside, the stars in these shots are the Mopars. Let’s look at them more or less in chronological order, starting with the ones from the fuselage era. Here’s a closer shot of the Polara, Dodge’s entry-level full-sizer for 1970.

While we’ve covered this generation of full-size Dodges in the past, I think this is the first 1970 we feature. Mechanically, there wasn’t much different from the 1969 year, when these fuselage Dodges made their debut. However, this was the first year of the now iconic loop bumpers.

Being the entry model, these had a 6-cyl. engine option plus a whole array of V-8 choices. I’m not versed enough in military matters to even dare to guess which mill would be of their preference, but some commenter surely will opine on that.

Also, notice the Buick station wagon peeking on the left side of this shot.

Then, we got the top of the line Monaco. If you had any fuselage cravings in your body recently, this pair should cover it.

The Monaco being Dodge’s top model wouldn’t bother with a lowly inline 6. Instead, it carried the top-performing engines; the 383 in 2bbl or 4bbl setups, and the 440.

I won’t deny I enjoy seeing a Monaco of this generation, of which there haven’t been many at CC.  The one thing that would make it better? If it had been a ’72 or ’73. The one with the retractable headlights that has yet to appear in these pages.

Changing subject; lots of German cars in this parking lot. A base located somewhere in Germany?

Let’s move on to the Newport, surrounded by yet more German machinery. Besides the obvious VWs, I believe that’s an Opel Caravan wagon next to the Beetle.

Chrysler was entering one of its periodic crises when this Newport came out of the assembly line, with these full sizers arriving to a very unfavorable market. And like a lot of the Mopar products from the mid ’70s, these Chryslers were a curious amalgam of styling cues that recalled either GM or Ford products. Still, there’s some old fuselage softness remaining, mixed with the formality of the ’70s. It all added to a ‘gothic fuselage’ kind of vibe that gives it enough character and probably looks better today than it did back in the day.

And while I prefer my machinery in stock form, I’m pretty much OK with this Newport’s neat-looking sporty wheels. This Newport must have been quite a sight sailing through the German Autobahn.

Let’s close with this one last shot of the Polara, next to a lithe and clean-looking Audi. Quite a contrast of machinery these two next to each other. So as I said, unless you favor Celicas, there’s just about something for everyone in this parking lot.


Related CC reading:

Car Show Classic: 1974 Chrysler Newport – Sorry, Please Play Again

Curbside Classic: 1977 Chrysler Newport St. Regis – Old Soldier

Road Trip Journal: 1972 Dodge Polara – Grand Canyon and Pumice-Crete Revisited

CC Capsule: Dodge Polara and Monaco – Double Pleasure, Double Your Fun