Ford says it'll build ten variants of its C-platform by 2012. Sounds like a story we've heard before. Let's look at how Ford's platform-sharing compares to a few K-car variants that saved Chrysler's bacon back in the 1980s.
Serious LeMons fans know that the Index Of Effluency— given to the team that accomplishes the most with the crappiest car— is the true top prize, and the Dust-N-Debris Dodge Shadow utterly dominated the IOE this time around.
So you've got numbers-matching, date-code-obsessed Mopar fanatics paying forty octillion bucks for 318-powered '70 Chargers, and you've got Shelby fanatics paying eighty octillion bucks for replica AC Cobras. How about a super-rare automatic-equipped '84 Shelby Charger?
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Some cars are very much of their time; for example, the Chrysler Laser.
Sure, you've seen any number of pickup trucks with 18-wheeler-style stacks… but how many stack-equipped K cars have you encountered in your travels? If you've got 500 bucks in your jeans, this fine automobile could be yours!
The Chrysler K-car is subject to both love and hate. Yes it helped save the Pentastar brand's hiney back in the day, serving as the basis for the mega-hit that was the minivan. Yes, there are still some sick-o's out there who get a kick out of raising the boost on the turbo models and surprising folks off the line.…