• Having ridden in one many times in the day ( turtle top) , I only remember thinking how cheap and terrible can a car be! It creaked and fell apart daily. Those doors barely lined up and closed. Chrysler somehow got away with junk in the early seventies, but it soon caught up to them .

  • Perfect fit for the mean streets of Chi-town. Pork pie hat, brown turtleneck, and a tweed sport-coat, and I could imagine myself as Popeye Doyle. Minus about a ton of the coolness. 🙂

  • I still recall the disbelief and denial when the car magazines printed the first snaps of the "fuselage" designs.

    All my car friends and I who dug Mopar were taunted by GM fans. I don't recall there being an avid following for Ford, although many still liked the hot Mustangs.

    These cars never have moved up in my estimation. Tom Minch nails the devil-may-care build quality of these cars. My father bought a new 1972 Dodge Coronet and it drove from day one, until day 1095, like it was pieced together in a Bronx chop-shop. There is no way to exaggerate just how loathsome a car it was.

    It had "Lean Burn" tendencies 4 years before Chrysler ruthlessly installed them on all their cars.

    Vivid reminder how a great company that produced some great cars ends up when it stops giving a shit.

  • I had a 1968 Galaxie 500 as my college car. It was slightly lowered and riding on fat meats and cornered quite well for such a shockingly huge barge. Everytime I hit a large puddle it would short out the distributor. The back floor pans would fill with rainwater and if I hit the brakes hard enough a tsunami wave would shoot out under the front seat and up my pantlegs.

  • Such a shame about that build quality…as a Ford loyalist myself, I've always loved the fuselage body Chrysler Corp' lineups.

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