Junkyard Find: 1993 Dodge Dynasty

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1993 dodge dynasty

The TV show Dynasty was long gone by 1993, but Chrysler kept the glamorous Dynasty name on their C-Body cars (the 114th variation of the K platform) until 1993. The Dynasty is one of those cars Chrysler wishes we’d all forget (right down there with the Diplomat-based LeBaron), and thus it seems historically significant when I find an example in the junkyard.

Say what you will about the misery of a very-long-in-tooth platform being used as the basis for a luxury car that caused the Europeans— or even GM— exactly zero lost sleep, but you must admit that this is one seriously pimp-grade red velour interior. I’m tempted to go get these seats for my A100!

You’d have to be a pretty low-budget pimp to feel at all fly in a Dynasty, once you looked at the exterior. Perhaps a pimp working the Oildale, California, Greyhound station in 1996 might have felt a tiny glimmer of car pride while stepping out of his Dynasty… no, he’d have traded it in on the Dodge C-Body’s much better-looking replacement: the Intrepid.

The Chrysler-made 3.3 V6 made a pretty-good-for-a-K 149 horses, and it also benefited from not being a Mitsubishi product.

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  • Verbal Verbal on Jan 18, 2012

    I once rented an '89 Dodge Dynasty LE. Possibly the worst-handling car I have ever driven. I always wondered if "LE" stood for "Linda Evans".

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Oct 22, 2012

    My parents bought a Dynasty in 88 brand new. It was the same grey color, with dark grey on the inside. I don't remember there being as much wood trim though. I used to want to sit in back on the left, and peer up to the drivers side to watch the little lines pop up when one of the doors was opened. I always thought that was so cool. I also remember getting in quite a bit of trouble a couple of years later, as I sat up front waiting for my mom to run something inside over at the babysitters house. I grew impatient, and decided to stick my two front teeth through the top of the vinyl door panel. Left two little punctures there, which took a while to notice. They had the car for about 6 years, and about 88k miles it started burning oil horribly, and having an issue where it would just die at random times (intersection, highway on-ramp, etc). They dumped it in 94 for a Plymouth Grand Voyager in ice blue. Aside from that, my grandfather had a New Yorker (91 I think) in the same grey color, with a dark grey landau top on the back. I loved all the buttons in that car (all chrome surrounded IIRC). It had a terrible oil leak which he didn't want to bother fixing, so he got rid of it quickly. Even back then, I liked the longer, larger New Yorker better than the smaller Dynasty counterpart.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂