It’s not often you find a Plymouth Arrow on the pages of DT – in fact we’ve only ever featured two of them, in the same auction, if you don’t count the eponymous pickup truck. That’s not for lack of interest, as the little rebadged Mitsubishi fastback has a clean look about it, and that charming early Japanese simplicity and character that stands out as unique 40 years later. Find this 1976 Plymouth Arrow 200 for sale in Tucson, AZ for $3,500 via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The little Plymouth with the pointy name was Chrysler’s captive import version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste, from the first generation of the venerable Lancer line. Later iterations begat the Evo and its mighty 4G63 engine, but this little ’70s coupe is a long way from those rally-bred AWD monsters, at least on paper. In reality, the Arrow and Lancer did see success in the RWD rally world back in their day.
There’s something about a Malaise Era front end that just shouts, “Hey, I’m a car. My bumper is big and it’s chrome. If you don’t like the way I look…you’ll just have to wait about 10 years until the stylists got back on the right track.”
The interior gives off a distinct Toyota-esque vibe; maybe I’m thinking this because I have more experience with them vs. Mitsubishis of the same era. Tell me if I’m wrong, but it looks like a budget Celica in here. The feature car has a 5-speed manual trans, and with the cheap & cheerful nature of this little sportabout, it should be fun to squeal the tires and yank the long handbrake lever around in some dirt.
The 4G52 Astron is not an anal sex droid – no! Despite the name, it’s a 4-cylinder 2.0L engine with hemispherical combustion chambers that was good for around 100hp. This one may benefit from a basic tune-up; throwing on a new air filter, points, condenser, plugs, and wires is always a good idea on a basic old economy car like this.
When was the last time you saw a blunt rear end replete with more louvers and vents?
From the seller (the best part – STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW!):
Classic 1976 Plymouth Arrow 200 GS (Gran Sport) FOR SALE
This is an Arizona Car(RUST FREE), bought here in Tucson at Rolling Motor Company, and was owned by one family all its life. Included in the sale is the Original Bill of Sale, Dealer Window Sticker, Build Sheets, and $500 to $1k worth of extra new and used parts.
MATCHING NUMBERS CAR-MOTOR AND TRANS
2.0L Overhead CAM HEMI 4 Cylinder Motor
5 Speed Manual Transmission
93,000 Original Miles
AC (not factory)
Power Disk Brakes
Pop open rear glass windows
Rear Wheel Drive layout with leaf springs in the rear and MacPherson struts in front
Folding Back Seat
Body in Excellent shape-STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW (no accidents and no salvage title)
Interior is in ok shape
RUST FREE ARIZONA CAR
Includes a brand new AC Compressor, new Starter, new alternator, new gaskets, new kits, new dash cap and much more in parts and misc.
These cars are known to get up to 50 MPG, and great daily drivers.
The car runs and drives and was currently registered.
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CFlo is still thinking about small cars while wallowing in the blue leather & fake wood symphony that is the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon’s interior.