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  • The hatchback-coupe Dodge and Plymouth TC3 became the Charger and the Turismo, respectively, in Turismos were never.

    Junkyard Find: Plymouth Turismo The hatchback-coupe Dodge and Plymouth TC3 became the Charger and the Turismo.

    Plymouth Turismo with rear hatch louvers.

    Click here to view our privacy policy. I loved this read, and I remember liking these cars. Last week, we admired an 80s Chrysler product that was, really, a holdover from earlier decades; today we're going to mainline some pure, un-stepped-on s with a Chrysler product that had one foot in Europe and the other in the Motor City: The reasoning behind this varied, but was said to speed delivery and compensate for ground clearance issues that the cars faced on many car carriers.

    COAL: Plymouth Turismo – You Can’t Polish A Turd

    I had visions of modern muscle cars mids Monte Carlo SS and convertibles Olds dancing in my head. This narrowed my focus down to one of the non-turbo brothers, a Dodge Charger or Plymouth Turismo I preferred the look of the quad-headlight front end on the later models. Not long after I started my search, in April of I became the third owner of a faded white Plymouth Turismo.

    For , the hottest performance Turismo was the Turismo 2. Mine was not the Turismo 2. The next step down was the Turismo Duster. This had the hp 2. Mine was not the Turismo Duster. My Turismo was a base model. It did have the 2. It was a faded white, with a tan interior, and almost solid chrome wheel covers. I performed my very first oil change on this car. I cleaned it every week. During one such session, I performed my first wax job on the car. All in jest, of course.

    Once my junior year in high school started, I became the neighborhood taxi service. I shuttled friends to and from school. After school there was marching band practice, and weekly football games. Never was there an empty seat in the Turismo, and on a few occasions there were a couple of friends cruising in the back hatch area. I also got an after school job working at Montgomery Ward, and my Turismo served me well back and forth to work. After 6 months and countless number of clutch drops, it was time to having to start replacing parts on the car.

    The clutch was starting to slip, and the front tires were just starting to see the cords peek through. I swapped the fronts to the rear, but was still riding on borrowed time.

    One afternoon in November, my mom and I were in her car when we heard an advertisement come on the radio. We got to talking about car payments, how much I was making at work, etc, and came to the conclusion that I could probably afford the payments on the new car. It was hard to believe that they were essentially the same car. I would rather have kept the Turismo than buy that car.

    However, I began looking around for other new cars in the same price range. Several dealerships in the area were offering similar discounts to clear out old inventory. Within a couple of weeks, I handed over the keys to the Turismo as trade in for my first new car. That would not be the last encounter with the Turismo. About 6 months later on my way to work, I caught a familiar face on a used car lot out of the corner of my eye. I went back that weekend and sure enough, there was my Turismo.

    I took her for a test drive for old times sake. The clutch was still slipping and the tires were still bald. About a year after that, I participated in a jazz music competition hosted at the University of New Mexico. I arrived very early in the morning, me and my high school jazz band were the first to compete.

    When I parked in the UNM campus parking lot, it was pretty much empty. When I came out a few hours later, the lot was full. I walked up to my car and sitting right next to her was my old Turismo.

    It was easily recognizable because I had painted a silver-dollar sized Marvin the Martian face on the front bumper, and it was still there.

    1984 Plymouth Turismo Pt. 1



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