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87-89 daytona red nf copy

The Dodge Daytona of 1987-89 was a pleasantly-shaped K-car-derived little hatchback which pretty much replaced the Mitsubishi-based Challenger. The Daytona itself,  introduced for 1984, was then pretty much replaced by the Dodge Avenger coupe, built by Diamond Star Motors (a joint venture between Chrysler and… Mitsubishi! — there’s a definite pattern here). Chrysler for years bobbled back-and-forth between building its own compacts and sourcing badge-engineered cars from Mitsubishi, which they held a stake in. This, I would imagine, greatly confused the buying public and probably contributed to Chrysler’s perennial third-place position within the Big Three. The Daytona continued on through the 1993 model year, even picking up a Carroll Shelby version along the way. This red one is still being driven daily in the Niagara Falls area.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know