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80 volare tan ton f copy

This is crazy. Here’s a 1980 Plymouth Volare coupe, which I saw yesterday in a Tonawanda restaurant parking lot. It’s the second day in a row that I saw an old Plymouth while driving around town. The Volare and Dodge Aspen were the successors to the Plymouth Valiant/Dodge Dart compacts. They were cars which seemed good on the surface, but suffered from terrible quality control at the outset; by the time the problems were ironed out the car had the automotive equivalent of a Scarlet Letter on its forehead. Introduced for 1976, they hung on until the 1980 model year, and were replaced for 1981 by the K-Car: Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries.

80 volare tan ton r copy— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Sean Danvers

    “My rented purple Mustang…was extremely unstable. One of those Detroit Classics apparently assembled by junkies to teach the rest of us a lesson…It was totally unpredictable. At some stoplights the car would move out normally, but at others it would try to stall, seeming to want more gas – and then suddenly leap ahead like a Mule gone amok from a bee sting. Every red light was a potential disaster…at about every third light the goddamn worthless machine would hang back for a second or so, as if to give the others a head start, only to come thundering off the line at top speed with no traction at all and the rear end fishtailing all over the street…”

    Hunter S. Thompson – Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972