A first for FWD Colts was the availability of a three-box four-door sedan body; it and the 3-door hatchback were available in the US from 1985-88; the 5-door hatchback only in 1985 (and only in base E trim) and the wagon not until 1988. In August 1983, for the 1984 model year (which was to be the last year of this model of Colt), the GTS Turbo model arrived along with a naturally aspirated GTS package, similar to the earlier RS one. Total sales this year were around 108,000 units, the highest ever for the 1971-74 Charger generation, though more than 60 percent of the cars had the non-high performance engines. The optional Pistol-Grip 4-speed Hurst manual shifter could be coupled to the 340, 400, and 440 Magnum engines. The number "01" is painted on both doors. It was pre-ordained that they would like it." There were two different 383 engines available for the 1969 model year: 2-barrel and 4-barrel. The previous Colt Wagon (Mitsubishi RVR) continued to be sold until 1996, while the Dodge Colt was replaced by the new Neon after the 1994 model year.[18]. The Colt sedan was not sold in the United States for the sixth generation (though it was sold in Canada), as it would be replaced by the Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance liftbacks in the Dodge/Plymouth lineup for 1989. 1980 Dodge Mirada (Brochure). Style-wise it was "a complete departure from the Dodge's mainstream cars. As usual, the 426 Hemi was painted "Street Hemi Orange". [6], The Charger made its debut in mid-1966. Dodge is a well-known American brand of cars, sport utility vehicles and minivans. 1968 Slant-Six Dodge Charger", "The Real Reason the Dodge Charger Daytona's Wing Was So Huge", "Panther Pink, one of the wildest colors to ever come out of an American automobile company", "Helpless Hulk - 1972 Dodge "Olympia" Charger NASCAR", Four Wheel Drift: Best and Worst Paint Colors, Ram Van/Ram Wagon/Sportsman/Tradesman/B-series van, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dodge_Charger_(B-body)&oldid=1005993611, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from January 2014, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 February 2021, at 13:25. Richard Petty won 35 races with this body style between 1972 and 1977 as NASCAR allowed the Chargers to run a few years longer than normal, as Chrysler did not have anything else to replace it. The nose piece was only part of the innovation. New electric headlight doors replaced the old vacuum style. The Colt was initially a rebadged variant of the rear-wheel drive Galant and Lancer families before shifting to the smaller front-wheel drive Mitsubishi Mirage subcompacts in 1979. In 1984, the fifth generation Dodge/Plymouth Colt appeared (model year 1985). A rear spoiler and a "Ramcharger" hood were new options. The 383 Magnum motor was used in Road Runners and Super Bees, but did not appear in a Charger body until 1971. Early cars have small rectangular headlights in black inserts, while later models received more aerodynamic, flush-fitting units. The 383 4-barrel rated at 325 bhp (242 kW) and the 426 Street Hemi rated at 425 bhp (317 kW) remained as options. 1. In the film, a black Dodge Charger R/T 440 is chased by Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang GT, jumping on the San Francisco slopes. The Charger Daytona's nose made 1,200 pounds of downforce and the wing made 600 pounds of downforce. During the early-1960s, automakers were exploring new ideas in the personal luxury and specialty car segments. He noted that one of the Dodge Dealer Council requests was for a Barracuda type vehicle. The Dodge Colt is a subcompact car that was manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors and marketed by Dodge for model years 1971 to 1994 as captive imports. In spite of the Charger no longer being perceived as a performance model, sales rose as it veered towards being a personal luxury car. In late 1976, for the 1977 model year, the smaller A70-series Mitsubishi Lancer became the Dodge Colt available in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body designs. At some point claimed power dropped to 64 and 72 hp respectively for the small and large engines, while the 1.6 was only available with the automatic transmission. The intention was to create a fastback look … BS corresponds to Dodge Deep Water Blue Pearl Clearcoat. This car was also marketed as the Eagle Vista wagon in Canada where this generation Colt sedans and hatchbacks also continued to be offered alongside the next as a lower-priced alternative. With the Charger, Dodge had a new model to build a performance image to go along with this engine. The Magnum replaced the Charger as Dodge's B-body personal luxury car this year, and the small number of Chargers produced were likely an effort to use up leftover 1977 bodies and parts. The 2-barrel was rated at 290 hp. A mere 118 Chargers were built with the 426 engines in 1967, 58 cars were built with a four speed transmission and 59 cars were built with the automatic transmission. Though the 440+6 (designating a triple 2-barrel carb setup and 310 bhp (231 kW; 314 PS) was listed in the early 1972 sales literature, it was found in the August 1971 testing that this engine would not meet the new and more stringent 1972 emissions laws, although some early Dodge literature (August 1971 press) stated that this engine was available for 1972, and a few (six is the accepted number) factory installed six-pack Chargers were built, the engine was dropped out of production by September 1971. The 1974 model year saw only minor changes that included new color choices, a softer grain pattern on interior surfaces, and a slight increase in the size of the rubber bumper tips. Dodge also merged its Coronet and Charger lines. The Plymouth Cricket nameplate was used (in addition to Dodge Colt) on Galants sold in Canada between mid-1973 and 1975, after Chrysler stopped using the Plymouth Cricket name for a rebadged Hillman Avenger-based model sourced from the United Kingdom (and sold across North America between 1971 and 1973). "[4] According to Richard M. Langworth, "because it was an intermediate like the Rambler Marlin, the Charger could have been an aesthetic disaster, but long side windows prevented its sweeping roof from looking too heavy."[5]. For 1973, a GT hardtop coupe model was added featuring rally stripes, sport wheels, and a center console amongst other features. The 318 two-barrel "LA" Chrysler LA engine was now the base engine with wedge-shaped combustion chambers, unlike the previous 1966 polyspherical (or "poly") design, it was rated at 230 bhp (170 kW). The television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985) featured an orange 1969 Dodge Charger that was named The General Lee. This engine was joined by the 1.6-liter, 80 hp (60 kW) 4G32 Saturn engine at the end of the year. The base and Sport models used a different body than the SE and Daytona, and were essentially a re-badging of what had been the 1975 Dodge Coronet 2-door models — and available with a 225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant Six, which was not offered on the SE and Daytona. In the 1970 NASCAR season, the 1970 Charger had ten wins, more than any other car, including the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds, thus giving Bobby Isaac the Grand National Championship. On the R/T, new rear-facing scoops with the R/T logo were mounted on the front doors, over the door scallops. The Dodge Colt product line of sub-compact cars offered great fuel economy from about 1970 to 1994. The Dodge Colt is a subcompact car that was manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors and marketed by Dodge for model years 1971 to 1994 as captive imports. Drivers would later claim that "it was like driving on ice." We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Available as a two-door pillared coupe, two-door hardtop coupe, 4-door sedan, and 5-door wagon, the Colt had a 1,597 cc (97.5 cu in) four-cylinder engine. All other models had a new quarter window treatment, discontinuing its AMC Gremlin-style window in favor of a more conventional design. That record lasted for over 13 years. The taillights were similar to those used in 69, but 500 and R/T models came with a new more attractive taillight panel. For 1977 a five-speed manual became available (standard in the GT and Carousel coupes). carb. The R/T came standard with the previous year's 440 "Magnum", with the 426 Hemi optional. While the sporting variants offered in the sixth generation were not renewed, the two-door ES was available with the more powerful sixteen-valve SOHC 1.8 for the 1994 model year. The full size Charger Daytona was tested with an 18 in (460 mm) nose at the Lockheed-Martin Georgia facility. The Charger Daytona engineering model was tested on the Chelsea, Michigan Chrysler Proving Grounds on July 20, 1969. 1.5 and 1.8 litre four-cylinder engines were used, with the larger engine originally only available to four-door Colts. "The General" sported the Confederate battle flag painted on the roof and the words "GENERAL LEE" over each door. Second generation coupe and wagon versions remained on sale for the 1977 model year. A vinyl roof became available. Rebadged variants include the Plymouth Champ and Plymouth Colt, both were marketed by Plymouth. The overall dealer product recommendation theme was the same - we want what Plymouth has. (Small quarter panel extensions were added in 1967.) The 1975 model year had the Dodge Charger and Chrysler Cordoba share the same new body based on the B platform. The 2-liter engine develops 96 hp (72 kW) at 5500 rpm, with the California version making two fewer horsepower. [12] According to automotive historian Patrick Foster, both the AMC Marlin and the very similar looking first generation Dodge Charger "flopped on the market as sporty car buyers were showing their preference for compact pony cars."[13]. This model was also sold as the Dodge Colt 1600 GS in South Africa, only as a two-door hardtop coupé. The larger Mitsubishi Galant Lambda coupé was also marketed as the Dodge Colt Challenger from 1978, although the "Colt" part was later dropped. [1] The Dodge Colt was Chrysler's response to the AMC Gremlin, Ford Pinto, and Chevrolet Vega. The instrument panel did not use regular bulbs to light the gauges, but rather electroluminescence lit the four chrome-ringed circular dash pods, needles, radio, shifter-position indicator in the console, as well as clock and air conditioning controls if equipped. Later, the 2-liter engine became available with a manual transmission as well and was made standard fitment in the GT coupe. Media related to Plymouth Colt at Wikimedia Commons, For the 1992 and later Dodge/Plymouth Colt wagons, see, United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Nostalgic Subcompact: Dodge Colt, Mitsubishi Mirage, and its other Eagle and Plymouth cousins", Forum dealing with rwd mitsubishi cars "colts", Australian Based forum dealing with old Mitsubishi cars, Ram Van/Ram Wagon/Sportsman/Tradesman/B-series van, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dodge_Colt&oldid=1008108080, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 February 2021, at 16:29. Also new were vertically slatted taillights and new grilles. A four-speed manual or three-speed automatic remained available, although the original Borg-Warner automatic transmission was replaced by Chrysler's own Torqueflite unit in the 2-liter version. That particular car, driven by Dick Brooks, finished in seventh place. 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