Junkyard Find: 1984 Plymouth Turismo

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1984 plymouth turismo

The Simca-derived Omnirizon platform led to some sportier-looking variations as the Malaise Era ground to a close. The hatchback-coupe Dodge 024 and Plymouth TC3 became the Charger and the Turismo, respectively, in 1982. Turismos were never plentiful, and these days they’re nearly extinct. Here’s a rare example I found yesterday at a Denver self-serve wrecking yard.

The Turismo certainly stood out from the crowd in the middle 1980s, though the Omnirizon platform was getting a bit dated by that point.

By 1984, buyers could opt to replace the VW-derived 1.7 engine with Chrysler’s more powerful 2.2 liter engine. 96 horsepower was decent in a 2,300-pound car in 1984.

You can still find evidence of the car’s Franco-Chrysler heritage here and there.

The 1970s had been over for a few years when this car was sold, but the brown-on-brown tape stripes of the prior decade were able to hold on well into the 1980s.

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  • Lotherius Lotherius on Jun 27, 2012

    Wow, looks *identical* to my first car, except for being a Plymouth Turismo instead of a Dodge Charger. Could be the SAME car... interior color, exterior, all the same. And I disagree with others, having actually owned basically this identical vehicle in this color - the interior looked very nice as did the exterior when not found on a junkyard 30 years later.

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    • SPPPP SPPPP on May 14, 2019

      @Ryoku75 Weird greens and oranges? Where are those? I remember them from about 10 years ago, but I can only think of about 2 cars available in any bright shade of green or orange right now.

  • DaneClark DaneClark on May 29, 2019

    I was brought home from the hospital in a light blue '84 Turismo

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