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So I had no idea this car even existed! (grew up in England) and decided to look at some pics as it was mentioned in another thread.

What were they thinking???

I know this isn't the place for discussions about the previous gen of cars, but what did the public think of this car? Was is embraced or laughed at? I'm sure it was a pretty good car(?) and I hope I haven't offended anyone who owns one, but the styling is nothing like the 1st or current gen of Challengers.

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So I had no idea this car even existed! (grew up in England) and decided to look at some pics as it was mentioned in another thread.

What were they thinking???

I know this isn't the place for discussions about the previous gen of cars, but what did the public think of this car? Was is embraced or laughed at? I'm sure it was a pretty good car(?) and I hope I haven't offended anyone who owns one, but the styling is nothing like the 1st or current gen of Challengers.


not much of car from what i remember
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It was basically the US version of this.
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Awesome rides!! Put these new ones to shame.

Those were the days when Chrysler was in cahoots with Mitsubishi....they sold a model that looked just like it...I think it was the "Sapporo"...lol

You'll love the Dodge Chargers of that era too....
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I remember the Plymouth Sapporo but not that version of the Challenger, it is like the Mustang II a car that ruins the image of a nameplate.
If your dog Fido dies, you let the name rest in peace and don't name the next dog Fido as well. Chances are excellent the next dog won't be just like the last one.
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I remember the Plymouth Sapporo but not that version of the Challenger, it is like the Mustang II a car that ruins the image of a nameplate.
If your dog Fido dies, you let the name rest in peace and don't name the next dog Fido as well. Chances are excellent the next dog won't be just like the last one.
True that....they were dragging a lot of good names into those smog era cars. Not trying to offend anyone that has one either...but they know what they are. HP went down the drain, and it was all about fuel economy. Heck, my old '72 Charger looked good, but it ony had a 318 2-barrel that delivered a whopping 150 HP on a good day...
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It was everything except a Challenger
I saw one on ebay auctionning for around 500$, couple of days ago.
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Back in the day, this car fit firmly in the category of "whatever" for me. I followed the lead of my parents and was driving either my parents' big 60s/70s V-8 sedans or my V-8 60s coupes, not true muscle cars, but cars with muscle. For the crowd who needed to buy new cars, the choices were less than exciting, and less than quality. I didn't care much either way on these name uses, but I recall thinking to some degree that cars were going downhill either way, and at least a nod to an old name plate was not totally bad. The other side of the coin was that these new cars weren't even a shadow of the originals. But remember, at that exact time in history, there was no firm way for an average consumer to know whether cars would get even worse, moderate, or get better (like they did). In the end, for me, it was, "whatever" on these second generation challengers and chargers; got back in my 60s beauties and DROVE. At least Shelby did something with Chysler Corp. at the time, although nothing too exciting.

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Wiki: During its six-year run, sales of the (1978-83) Challenger averaged between 12,000 and 14,000 units per year.

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