Junkyard Find: 1982 Plymouth Sapporo

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1982 plymouth sapporo

It was just a couple of months ago that I shot this blue ’82 Sapporo in a California junkyard… and now here’s another Sapporo in the same yard.

Where have these cars been hiding?

This one managed to get close to 200,000 miles, which is excellent for a Malaise Era Mitsubishi product.

Yes, Malaise Era cars looked best in brown.

Rear-wheel-drive with a big Astron four-cylinder engine. The Sapporo and its Dodge Challenger sibling didn’t sell particularly well, but they had a certain goofy cool.

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  • Lboggie Lboggie on Oct 29, 2012

    Hello where can I locate the dodge challanger/sapporo in the caption picture I need parts badly thanks. email gladitor169@yahoo.com thanks What is the location/email address?

  • Nico Maxmillan Nico Maxmillan on Jan 13, 2013

    Hello I would also like to place an offer for the body parts as it is hard to come by in Malaysia. Please kindly email me at nimillan26@gmail.com thank you. Restoring one here, hope everyone else succeed in their project :)

  • PeterPuck For years, Ford has simply reworked existing designs originating from Europe and Japanese manufacturers, not being capable of designing a decent car in the USA.What’s the last clean sheet design from the USA? The 1986 Taurus?And they still can’t manage to get things right.why is this? Are they putting all of the competent engineers and designers on the F150? Is woke diversification affecting them, as some rumours suggest? Are they rewarding incompetence?
  • Brandon What is a "city crossover"?
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  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.