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Malaise Era: Definition and Examples
Malaise: This word comes from the combination of French words mal- and aise (which translates to ease). This word generally means a sense of being uneasy or feeling out of sorts. It usually involves the beginning of an illness or feeling less that healthy. The term “malaise” has come to designate the decade of cars produced between 1973 and 1983.
1971 Plymouth GTX
The last model of the nameplate, the 1971 Plymouth GTX was the quintessential American muscle car. Plymouth was already famous for offering the public affordable pony and muscle cars with its Barracuda and Road Runner models. The GTX launched the brand into the performance stratosphere. The original 1967 GTX was a package for the Belvedere, and its subdued styling gave no indication of the power under the hood or the masterful engineering.
1968 Plymouth Belveder
The 1968 Plymouth Belvedere came close to the end of the life for this model, which Chrysler produced from 1954 to 1970. The first incarnation of the model was the 1951 to 1953 Cranbrook Belvedere. The two-door hardtop came out to compete with the Chevy Bel Air. As was always intended for the Plymouth name, this version of the Cranbrook was a low-cost car. In fact, it was the first, affordable two-door hardtop to come out of Detroit.
1964 Plymouth Valiant
As the 1960s moved along, cars slowly transformed from the “bubble” looking designs of the 1950s, and became more angular and elongated. Power under the hood increased, and so did speed. The Plymouth Valiant was no exception to this. Introduced in 1960, the Valiant was not considered to be a Plymouth model until 1961.
After a record year in sales in 1963, the changes for the 1964 model were more focused on performance and reliability than its outward appearance, though it did feature a restyled front end. Horizontal bars, a Valiant medallion, and a new grille gave the 1964 model a new look. Additionally, Taillights were rotated so that they were vertical rather than horizontal.
The Plymouth Plaza
In 1954, Plymouth rolled out the Plymouth Plaza, which they priced under their more pricey models, while offering options that had been reserved for those more expensive models. The Plaza came in 2, 3, and 4 door sedan versions. A “Silver Special” Plaza was rare, and only offered in 1958. This special edition Plaza had silver paint on the roof and a stainless steel spear on the front fenders and part of the doors. A few other final touches to the model made it one of the rarest classic cars, especially because there is no true way to know just how many silver specials were produced.
The Plymouth Fury
Partying hard to welcome the new year is a tradition for a lot of folks and as long as it is done responsibly there is certainly nothing wrong with knocking back a few potent potables with your friends and family.
A Look At The Plymouth Duster
That’s where your motorhead uncle comes in, and there are certain cars that were around during the 1970s and 1980s that had a reputation for reliability. One of these was the Plymouth Duster, a car that is a favorite of many classic Plymouth fans.
The Early Plymouth Barracuda
There are other cars that were added to the pony car niche after the success of the Mustang was so stunning, but after all, the Mustang was the only “horse” in the race. If the breed was going to be named after a horse the Mustang must have been the very first pony car, right?
Plymouth Road Runner: The Beginning
You can’t get very far into the history of classic Plymouth automobiles without mentioning the Plymouth Road Runner. The car was a reaction by Plymouth to the impression that the original muscle car concept was being lost as people were building cars that were more and more expensive and exclusive to own.
The original idea was to make muscle cars affordable to everyman by keeping them simple on the outside while investing in the performance. Getting back to this mentality was the concept behind the Plymouth Road Runner.
Welcome Classic Plymouth Fans
If you are fan of classic Plymouth automobiles you are going to want to bookmark this blog and come back often. As classic Plymouth fans ourselves we wanted to create an online location where we can celebrate our passion with others of like minds.
These cars are indelibly etched into the memories of people who grew up around them, and even those who came later who are true classic car aficionados recognize the value of this seminal nameplate.