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Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Arrow

1980 Plymouth Arrow in California Junkyard, RH rear view - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Chrysler imported and rebadged quite an assortment of Mitsubishis during the gloomy years of the Malaise Period, and we have seen a good sampling of those vehicles in this series so far. There was the Mitsubishi Colt Galant aka Dodge Colt, the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda aka Plymouth Sapporo/Dodge Challenger, and the Mitsubishi Mirage aka Plymouth Champ, among others.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste also known as Plymouth Arrow was never a big vendor, but this one were able to outlive nearly all of it’s brethren, only dish washing at this Northern Ca self-service yard after Thirty six years.

1980 Plymouth Arrow in California Junkyard, build tag - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Japanese imports had obtained a reputation for reliability by this time, so Chrysler didn’t try to hide the Arrow’s Japanese birth place.

1980 Plymouth Arrow in California Junkyard, engine - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The 1,597cc G32B Saturn engine included the “MCA-Jet” three-valves-per-cylinder system. Seventy seven horsepower made this 2,100-pound car something of the poky little puppy.

1980 Plymouth Arrow in California Junkyard, rear seat - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

However, this car does have a vibrant Whorehouse Red interior. 1980 had been the last year for the Arrow, that was probably just as well.

1980 Plymouth Arrow in California Junkyard, Auto Burglar Alarm - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

And among those early car sensors that could be set off by excess neutrinos, harsh language, and powdered sugars.

There was much optimism among Plymouth dealers when the Arrow first hit these shores.

The Arrow’utes slick body shape managed to get successful in pull racing. The Snake endorsed it!

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