Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Arrow
Chrysler imported and rebadged quite an assortment of Mitsubishis during the gloomy years of the Malaise Era, and we have seen a good sampling of those cars in this series so far. There was the Mitsubishi Colt Galant aka Dodge Colt, the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda aka Plymouth Sapporo/Dodge Challenger, and the Mitsubishi Mirage aka Plymouth Champ, among others.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste aka Plymouth Arrow was never a big seller, but this one managed to outlive nearly all of its brethren, only washing up at this Northern California self-service yard after 36 years.
Japanese imports had acquired a reputation for reliability by this time, so Chrysler didn’t try to hide the Arrow’s Japanese birthplace.
However, this car does have a vivid Whorehouse Red interior. 1980 was the last year for the Arrow, which was probably just as well.
And one of those early car alarms that could be set off by excess neutrinos, harsh language, and powdered sugar.
There was much optimism among Plymouth dealers when the Arrow first hit these shores.
The Arrow’s slick body shape made it successful in drag racing. The Snake endorsed it!
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