Junkyard Find: 1987 Plymouth Caravelle

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1987 plymouth caravelle

The alphabet soup of platforms that Chrysler based on the K-car during the 1980s and 1990s gets a little overwhelming to sort out. The “extended” K-car chassis was known as the E Platform and included the Dodge 600 ( we’ve seen one in this series), the Chrysler E-Class ( we’ve seen one of those as well) and the Plymouth Caravelle — essentially an E-class with a different grille — appearing for the 1985 model year. They didn’t sell particularly well, nor did they retain much value over the years, so spying one in a wrecking yard today is unusual.

No cassette deck, but at least you had FM to go with your AM in this car.

Not quite the “ Tormented Faces In Hell” badness of the Ford Granada’s fake wood, but still not very convincing.

The owner’s manual stayed with this car to the very end.

The interior is a sea of cushy Simu-Velour™ upholstery.

A Plymouth, engineered with quality and luxury to challenge the Buick Century and Olds Ciera… but for hundreds less.

Here’s the Canadian version.

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  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on May 07, 2015

    I love that stereo. I miss the brushed metal look of the 70s and 80s, now everything has to be glossy piano black and attract dirt from all over the known universe. Also, did you take the manual? I snuck out a 1989 Thunderbird manual that was in better shape than my 1995 one on my last trip to the junkyard...

  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on May 07, 2015

    A friend of the wife had an E version of the K car. No maintenance, lived in Brooklyn. She was always cash short among other issues. I watched this car survive 265k with a 2.2 turbo motor into an automatic. No car washes, no oil changes, no vaccum. Tire pressures up to chance. Lots of dings. The K car was a tough bugger.

  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.
  • Inside Looking Out Scandinavian design costs only $600? I mean the furniture.
  • Akear Lets be honest, Lucid will not be around in five years. It does not matter that it is probably the world's best EV sedan. Lucid's manufacturing and marketing is a complete mess. The truth is most EV companies are going under within the decade.