Image: Chrysler via oldcarmanualproject
Image: Chrysler via oldcarmanualproject

The 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car, meant to blend sports-bike design with that of a convertible sports car, has a shape you might expect to see on 1990s Japanese cars or even vehicles from the 2000s. Speaking of Japanese cars, the engine is a 2.0-liter Mitsubishi inline-four. The brakes are four-wheel vented discs, the suspension is fully independent, and finally, the most impressive and advanced feature on a car from 1989: The transmission is a three-speed automatic. Womp Womp.

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Boggles my mind that the late 1980's had that round look on then-futuristic models, but at the same time you had Furd cranking out the LTD in 1991!!