The answer to 06/06/2011′s What Auto is This?? Quiz is the Lee Iacocca-mobile known as the 1985-1988 Plymouth Caravelle. Part of the fine family of cars known as the Chrysler “K-Cars” the Caravelle was considered a mid-size offering. Plymouth’s first mid-size front wheel drive car. The K-Car was the brainstorm of then Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca. With money borrowed from the US Government the K-Car was so profitable Chrysler it paid back its loan 8 years ahead of schedule. The K-Car platform was so user freindly that it was used well into the mid 1990′s. The K-Car structure was used for another american icon the Chrysler Mini-van. Lee Iacocca was the ultimate salesman as you can see from this vintage 1982 TV commercial. Lee bragged “If you can find a better car..buy it” You tell em Lee baby.
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Todays slang name is “MOPAR”.The nickname for Chrysler products MOPAR was in fact short for “Motor Parts” for Chrysler’s parts division. We love old Chrysler’s but we also know that they have built some of the worst cars of all time. The much insulted Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare have the distinction of having the highest warranty rate of all time. With a whopping 67% rate of defects. Lets not forget the debacle konwn as “Lean Burn” in the 1980′s. Made to run lean for MPG and emissions your Cordoba would ping to the point of blowing a hole in a piston. Most of the Lean Burns were bypassed by dealers sick of installing engines for free. With that in mind MOPAR stands for Many Odd Parts Arranged Rotten. Ahh the Cordoba with fine Corinthian Leather.Check out this classic TV commercial from 1975 with Ricardo Montalbon.
This was the first Luxury Four Door built by this maker of dream cars. Produced between 1976-1989 only 645 were built. Its selling price in 1976 was over $150,000. The maker of this Saloon was in financial crisis. Needing a profit car it decided to explore the four door “Saloon” car market
The car would also get a brand new 5.3 liter Multi Carbed V8 with Dual Overhead Cams. With all this exotic hardware the only tranmission of choice was the mundane Chrysler 3 speed Torque-Flight. The combo of engine, trans, and weight this behemoth was only good for single digits MPG.
The cars wedge shape was penned by William Towns. Its unconventional shape has been a debate for many years. Car enthusiasts are fiercely divided on the car’s aesthetic value. The interior featured the finest English Leathers, Burled Walnut Wood and Wool Carpets.
This Euro Tank would be the first production car to use Computer Engine Management Systems as well as a fully Electronic Dash with Digital Display. The early cars were prone to constant dash and computer failures(I know shocking !!) This close to 3 ton rolling living room was capable of 180 MPH top speed while giving its very wealthy driver 8 MPG. A symbol of a by gone era and “Uber” auto snottery… What Auto is This??
1997-2002 Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler Roadster.. The Prowler was a “retro” styled roadster made by Chrysler. It was based on the 1993 showcar of the same name. The design came about when cash fat Chrysler gave free rein to its design staff to create a Hot Rod. The rumor mill at the time gossiped the soon to be “Overhaulin” star and car designed Chip Foose came up with the concept.
Based on the shake-a-matic Chrysler LH platform the Prowler design team did an amazing job hiding the fact this was not Your Fathers Dodge Intrepid. Power was supplied by the off the shelf 3.5 liter SOHC 24 valve V6 engine. Power was rated at 214 horsepower(97-98) 235 HP from 1999-2002. Performance was good for off the shelf parts…
Zero to sixty times were under 5.8 seconds..Chrysler never disclosed 1/4 mile times or top speeds. Helping with performance was the light weight construction. Suspension parts were made of Billet Aluminum. Some of the body panels were adhesive bonded.
The only choice of tranmission was the “slip-a-matic Chrysler 42LE 4 speed auto with a “Slapstick” shifter. The trans was mounted in the rear like a Porsche 944..We love Prowlers. They seem to get attention everyplace they go. During its lifespan Chysler only made 11,702. Very low production for a money hungry US car company. Sadly bad times and worst decisions by Chrysler doomed the Prowler. The last one rolled off a built by hand assembly line in 2002. So if you see this Incan Gold Prowler running around Port Jefferson give the guy a wave and a thumbs up..
Were not sure if this is a Redneck or very disgruntled German Army Officer. We love old Benzes but this is something the boys from Stuttgart never dreamed of.. We are “assuming” this is made from a few different type of Mercedes. But we do see 59 Chrysler headlights and some funky side pipes from the 1960s. What ever this thing is we do not recommend parallel parking.