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Rare Rides: A Beige Plymouth Champ – American Malaise From 1980

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Rare Rides has featured a few Plymouths earlier than, each of which have been sporty and boasted two doorways. Immediately’s Plymouth additionally has two doorways, however is probably not fairly as efficiency oriented as its brethren on these pages.

Hailing from 1980, it’s an excellent Malaisey Champ hatchback.

As most of you have been already considering, the Champ wasn’t actually a Plymouth in any respect — it was a Mitsubishi. For his or her first three generations, the Mitsubishi Galant and Lancer fashions have been bought as Dodge Colts and infrequently because the Plymouth Cricket. It began again in 1971, when Chrysler introduced the Galant to North America as a captive import. Small, fuel environment friendly automobiles have been all the craze on the time, and have become much more necessary because the oil disaster of 1973 set in. For those who have been alive, maybe you keep in mind it?

Choices have been all the time in coupe, sedan, or station wagon codecs all through the Seventies, till the demise of the second-era mannequin after 1978. That specific yr, the Colt’s product choices branched in two very totally different instructions. A new wagon joined the lineup for ’seventy eight, and, although badged as a Colt, it was a Mitsubishi Galant Sigma beneath. Coupe and sedan variations for ’seventy eight have been Lancers. This association lasted precisely one mannequin yr, as in 1979, the fourth-era Dodge Colt greeted People.  This time it was a rebadged Mirage somewhat than a Lancer, and was entrance-wheel drive. The rear-drive wagon bought alongside the entrance-drive Colt for 1980 and 1981, when it was changed by the homegrown Dodge Aries Okay wagon.

For the primary few years, the three-door hatchback was the one physique type on supply, powered by a singular engine: a 1.four-liter inline-4 producing 70 horsepower. Critically, guide transmission Colt fashions have been awarded with the nation’s highest EPA ratings for his or her 1979 debut. Gross sales began robust — Dodge bought over 60,000 the primary yr, with gross sales growing to over eighty,000 for the subsequent two years. The transmission lineup included two manuals and one automated. Notable was the tremendous-environment friendly Twin Stick guide. It had a two-velocity switch case, translating into a complete of eight ahead speeds, and two reverse ones. The automated was a trusty three-velocity TorqueFlite.

Revisions got here in 1982, as a 5-door model joined the lineup, energy figures for the engines fell, and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine was out there solely with the automated transmission. The Champ identify was a brief-lived one, because the mannequin was renamed Colt after the 1982 mannequin yr. Dodge would go on to have three extra generations of Colts, operating during 1994. We featured the fascinating 5-door Colt Vista right here beforehand.

As we speak’s Rare Experience was situated in Oregon and was snapped up in a short time. Twin Stick Champs are skinny on the bottom, and this specific instance had simply over 50,000 miles.

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