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.
In 1968 Chevrolet introduced the Nova which was a downsized economy car, and of course Ford and Chrysler wanted to follow suit. To this end Ford came out with the Maverick for the 1970 model year and the Plymouth division of Chrysler introduced the Duster. The 1970 Duster was offered in just one body style: a two door semi-fastback coupe.
There were two Duster models initially available to the public in 1970. One of them was the simple standard Duster, and then there was the Duster 340. The standard Plymouth Duster was offered with the good old reliable slant-six that your uncle was so fond of in either a 198 cubic inch or 225 cubic inch configuration. Later on in the year Plymouth introduced the Gold Duster which was available with either a 318 cubic inch V8 or the 225 ci slant-six.
The Plymouth Duster sold quite well from the outset with a total of 217,192 units produced for the 1970 model year. The 340 performance models are a pretty good find as only 24,817 of them left the assembly lines.
The first generation of the Plymouth Duster remained in production through the 1976 model year and many people were sorry to see them go. However, the Duster reappeared from 1985 through 1987 and was then revived again from 1992 through 1994.