Got Six Cylinders And Uses Them All: NASCAR's Falcons, Valiants, and…

When we think of NASCAR in the early 60s, we think of big cars. Impalas. Furies. Galaxies. But for two glorious years, Detroit's new compacts took to the tracks in NASCAR-sanctioned events. » 8/15/09 8:00am 8/15/09 8:00am

The 1962 Plymouths Deliver A Kick In The Teeth, Frankie Fontaine Weeps

When Chrysler made the '62 Plymouths get better mileage and require less maintenance, it was really all about crushing the American small businessman. At least, that's the message Frank Fontaine delivers in this ad. » 1/26/09 3:00pm 1/26/09 3:00pm

Reduction-gear starter! 4-quart oil capacity! Self-adjusting brakes! Owner-accessible fusebox! 20…

1969 Dodge Dart

Welcome to Down On The Street » 9/26/08 9:00am 9/26/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Dodge Darts are very common on the Alameda street; we've seen coupe, , , , , and so far, and that's not even counting the Valiant siblings. By comparison, Falcons and Novas are …

1961 Plymouth Valiant V-200

Welcome to Down On The Street » 9/10/08 9:00am 9/10/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today we're returning to a block that's given us quite a few DOTS favorites, including the , the , and the Just around the corner are a couple more: the and the . I see this…

1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. It's been a couple months since we last saw a Chrysler A body in this series, which means we're due. Instead of a Valiant or Dart, however, we're going with the third DOTS… » 8/14/08 9:00am 8/14/08 9:00am

1967: The Dawn Of A New Day For Plymouth

"Dawn Of A New Day" sounds much better than "Plymouth: Only 34 Years To Go," though of course Chrysler's marketers at the time had no idea that the Plymouth brand would barely outlive the current century. What we have here is the '67 Belvedere (a "whale of a lot of car for the money"), the "rich-looking compact" '67 Valiant… » 6/10/08 11:00am 6/10/08 11:00am

1975 Dodge Dart Swinger

The '65 Barracuda won our Favorite DOTS Chrysler A-Body Poll back in March, but since that time I've found this '75 Dart Swinger. Would the Swinger, with its name conjuring up images of Malaise Era key parties, have triumphed over the Barracuda? Perhaps I'll have another A-body poll, once we've seen a few more of them; … » 5/08/08 9:00am 5/08/08 9:00am

1970 Dodge Dart, With Bonus A-Body Poll

Is it really possible that it's been two months since our last Mopar A-body in this series? Like air-cooled VWs, Chrysler A-bodies are so plentiful in Alameda that I tend to lose track of when the last time I DOTS-ized one (also like air-cooled VWs, I've owned a few Slant Six A-bodies and feel much affection for them). … » 3/28/08 9:30am 3/28/08 9:30am

1965 Plymouth Barracuda

It's about damn time that I found an A-body Barracuda for this series, since some of the baddest cars on the island back when I was in high school were '64-66 Barracudas. The Valiant-based early Barracuda didn't weigh much, so droppping a crazy 340 or 360 in one resulted in something that would hold its own against the … » 1/22/08 9:30am 1/22/08 9:30am

Chrysler A-Body With Truck Bed Poll: Valiantpage or Demonpage?

We've seen all manner of Ford and GM cars with truck beds added, but it's not so easy to find Chrysler cars that have been so equipped. In fact, the last one we saw here was the Chargepage. But now our eagle-eyed readers have spotted not one but two truck-bed-havin' Chrysler A-bodies for sale on eBay, and we need to… » 1/14/08 10:30am 1/14/08 10:30am