2k Flash: 1973 Dodge Colt; Needs some TLC
The first generation Dodge Colt was a re-badged Mitsubishi Galant and also sold in Canada as the Plymouth Cricket (best cheap car name ever!). The Colt was intended to be Chrysler’s answer to the GM’s Vega & Ford’s Pinto, but really was cross-shopped with Datsun 510 and Toyota Corolla. Today’s 1973 Dodge Colt needs some TLC, but is available in Whittier, CA and is currently bidding on ebay for $1,200 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go.
This Colt has been to some Japanese car shows and would probably get more attention if someone re-badged it as the Cricket!
The Colt is powered by Mitsubishi’s 4G32, a 1.6 liter inline 4 cylinder engine putting out 110 horsepower.
Inside the Colt is seriously cheap stuff that needs attention. Leopard print floor mats!
We think this Colt would be welcome in our stable anytime especially near the current bidding price.
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It's not attractive, but it's also not unattractive. The profile, rear three-quarter and rear shots are fairly flattering, but the front is a bit on the staid side.
It's smog exempt, which is good, and it's a simple chassis to modify. Mechanical parts availability seems to be good, from a little browsing on RockAuto. I'd probably swap in a 4AG with Webers. Cosmetic parts availability is likely pathetic to nonexistent, which means that shriveled driver's door seal is going to be a pain to replace with the proper part.
By the way, the smog-strangled 4G32s only put out 83 horsepower, and that change came about in '72.