For $2,600, Great Shelby’s Ghost!

You've no doubt heard of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, and as today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Dodge Daytona Shelby proves, no one took that metaphor more to heart than did Dodge and the late Carroll Shelby. This coupe's K-car origins are well masked, will its price require the seller to wear a mask as well? » 10/23/12 8:00am 10/23/12 8:00am

That's Not A Mercedes Dude

This disturbing vehicle caught my eye while strolling around a college campus this weekend. On the one hand, it had Mercedes wheelcovers and the badging of a very specific Mercedes racing sedan. On the other hand, it was clearly a crappy Dodge. There's something odd going on here. » 3/19/12 3:30pm 3/19/12 3:30pm

For $6,500, this Town and Country is a special K

The two for one offer is a marketing gimmick older than the Shamwow and more compelling than than an amped up Oxiclean pitch. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe K-car offers both Town and Country, plus a but wait there's more Neon SRT4 engine. Will its price however, keep you from calling now? » 9/02/11 8:00am 9/02/11 8:00am

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: The $25,000 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z?

Yesterday, 68% of voters felt that $129,900 was too much to pay » 11/26/08 8:30am 11/26/08 8:30am for a 4-year-old lemon-law-buyback Maybach 57, which is doing pretty well according to the harsh standards set by Nice Price Or Crack Pipe. Today we'll be considering a super-low-mileage, near-showroom-condition Dodge Daytona… but we're not talking about…

1984 Chrysler LeBaron: Does The Continental Kit Make It Better?

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. But … » 6/24/08 2:30pm 6/24/08 2:30pm

Government-Issue 1986 Dodge Aries LE

There was some grumbling about the first Chrysler K Car we saw in this series, but there's no way I can run across a Government K sedan and not share it with the world. The Taurus and Lumina elbowed aside just about all the "official vehicle" K cars way back in the early 90s (and, to be fair, the K wasn't the most… » 6/17/08 9:00am 6/17/08 9:00am

Like Tina, It Sure Ain't Built For Speed: 1990 Plymouth Acclaim

While the ol' Chrysler K platform (or, in this case, its AA cousin) was getting a bit long of tooth by 1990, Chrysler was still able to slather plenty of Virtually Velour™, Simu-Leather™, and Petroleo-Wood™ all over the interior, then pay Tina Turner to reference some Willie Dixon: » 4/09/08 11:00am 4/09/08 11:00am

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1984 Plymouth Reliant

OK, so maybe it wasn't fair that Uncle Sam bailed out Chrysler but told AMC to drop dead, back in the Malaise Era. It seemed like the Chrysler bailout worked out as hoped, though, once the K Car emerged from factories that had long created gas-swilling behemoths. With so many early Ks made, you'd think there would be… » 3/19/08 9:30am 3/19/08 9:30am

Workhorse Engine of the Day: Mitsubishi Astron

From a distant galaxy of single overhead cam engines comes the Mitsubishi Astron series. The mighty Astron began life in 1972, and is still ticking away under the hoods of everything from Mitsubishi Starions to the panoply of Chrysler K-Car variants. In the beginning, the Flying Sikh himself pummeled an Astron equipped … » 10/23/07 2:30pm 10/23/07 2:30pm

'87 Plymouth Sundance: 47 Standard Features To Convince Ya!

The pride is back! Just ask Lee Iacocca! Featuring Lite-Brite-style graphics and Reagan-era patriotic fervor, this ad captures both the optimism of Chrysler's rebirth and the gloom of the still-fresh-in-memory Malaise Era that nearly doomed the company. The Sundance, sibling to the Dodge Shadow and based on the… » 7/10/07 11:11am 7/10/07 11:11am

Chryslerati: Gorman Edition

A recent stop in lovely Gorman, California for some overpriced gasoline and a bag of peanuts revealed this Chrysler TC. A ghostly sheet covered what was assuredly a fine interior, and also hinted at possible hard or soft top trouble. Out of state plates and location next to one of America's numerous yet fine numbered… » 5/16/07 2:30pm 5/16/07 2:30pm

Ultimate K-Car: PPG Dodge Twin Turbo Interceptor

Although based on an eighties Dodge Daytona which is technically a G-platform, the Indy World Series Dodge Pace Cars nonetheless represent the apex of K-platform engineering. A Chrysler 2.2L topped with a Cosworth twin-cam head served as the mid-engine heart of this eighties automobile of the rear-drive future. Twin… » 5/09/07 4:30pm 5/09/07 4:30pm