Junkyard Find: 1988 Plymouth Colt Premier Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1988 plymouth colt premier sedan

We see the occasional Colt hatchback in this series— say, this ’84 Plymouth Colt Turbo or this ’88 Dodge Colt hatchback— but the Colt sedan is stop-the-presses rare by Junkyard Find standards. Chrysler called this car the Premier, and it’s full of unusual-for-a-badge-engineered-econobox options.

Of course, we can’t talk about the Colt without watching this Redd Foxx Colt .45 ad, featuring a much earlier version of the car.

Just over 155,000 miles on the clock.

This seat seems to have manual adjustment controls, so what’s the joystick for?

Nine-band equalizers were considered essential to a quality cassette experience in the late 1980s.


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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Dec 05, 2013

    Mitsu were a welcome improvement on Renault at the pentagon and beneath most peoples radar. I recall folks like Nissan were offering standard 60 bumper and 80 powertrain which Archie's mopers wouldn't compete with. Warranty wars were on and I think Colt lost to it.

  • -Nate -Nate on Dec 10, 2013

    Whilst walking my favorite local Pick-A-Part Saturday , I spotted a very clean 197? Dodge Colt , 63,000 miles , the near prefect interior and overall lack of dents etc. made it look like an old man's forgotten car . Even the FUGLY original hubcaps were still on it . -Nate

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