When Chrysler launched the Plymouth Duster for the 1970 mannequin 12 months, it was a sporty-looking fastback coupe version of the Valiant, itself a twin to the Dodge Dart. The Duster regarded cool, did not value a lot, and might be very fast with the fitting powertrain decisions; it stayed in manufacturing till the Valiant acquired the axe in 1976. Just a few years later, the Duster title went onto a coupe version of the Plymouth Volaré, after which the center 1980s noticed the Turismo Duster and its legendary “Cocaine Factory” television commercial. The final use of the Plymouth Duster title happened throughout the 1992 by way of 1994 mannequin years, when the title was utilized to a factory-hot-rod model of the Sundance. That is what we have for immediately’s Junkyard Gem: a purple ’93 present in a Denver self-service yard.
As a result of this was the early 1990s, the Sundance Duster acquired a full complement of dramatic-looking decals in vibrant colours.
Simply as was the case with its Valiant, Volaré, and Turismo predecessors, the underlying mannequin title itself was downplayed on the automotive’s badging. In truth, the one place I may discover the phrase Sundance was on the sprint and within the proprietor’s guide.
Whereas technically hatchbacks, the Sundance and its Dodge-badged twin (the Shadow) had a three-box form that hid frumpy hatchback strains. Type of a trunk, kind of a hatch, like the hatchback-coupe Chevy Novas of the late 1970s.
That made this automotive a sizzling hatch, and one that might sustain with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and Geo Storm GSi. The three.0-liter Mitsubishi 6G72 V6 engine made 141 horsepower, making this 2,727-pound member of the K-Car family very fast for its low-cost sticker value of $10,498 (about $19,360 immediately).
This one even has the five-speed guide transmission, for plenty of tire-squealing, torque-steering enjoyable. I’ve seen a few of these cars on race tracks, they usually don’t have any downside reeling in a same-era GTI on a street course. In fact, the 6G72 likes to blow up in spectacular fashion when abused, however you might— and ought to— say the identical about 16-valve Volkswagen engines.
The Sundance/Shadow acquired the axe after 1994, when the Neon appeared as a extra fashionable substitute; that meant the tip of Lee Iacocca’s Chrysler-rescuing Ok household in North America. This automotive began out in Denver and will be crushed in Denver.
Sundance Dusters usually acquired huge markdowns straight away, bettering the bang:buck ratio nonetheless additional.
The “sentient automotive” schtick acquired slightly creepy in these advertisements, I need to say.