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Thread: Dodge Challenger (2nd gen) 1977-1983

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    The Challenger name was revived in late 1977 for the 1978 model year for a version of the early Mitsubishi Galant Lambda coupe. It was known overseas as the Mitsubishi Sapporo/Scorpion and sold through Dodge dealers as a captive import, originally as the "Dodge Colt Challenger". It was identical except in color and minor trim to the Plymouth Sapporo with the Dodge version emphasizing sportiness, with bright colors and tape stripes, while the Plymouth emphasized luxury, with more subdued trim. The cars were slightly restyled in 1981 with revised headlights and other minor cosmetic changes. Both cars were sold until 1983, when they were replaced by the Conquest, Laser and Daytona.

    The car retained the frameless hardtop styling of the old Challenger, but had smaller engines (inline-fours instead of the six and eight-cylinder engines of the old Challenger) and was a long way off in performance from its namesake. Nevertheless, it acquired a reputation as a reasonably brisk performer in its class, not least because of its available 2.6 L "Hemi" engine with 105 hp (78 kW). Four-cylinder engines of this size had not usually been built due to inherent vibration, but Mitsubishi pioneered the use of balance shafts to help dampen this effect, and the Challenger was one of the first vehicles to bring this technology to the American market; it has since been licensed to many other manufacturers.
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    Is this second gen already a cult car in the States ?

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    No.

    Also, Duell, you are a saint for continuing to post these photos.

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    Contributing to post obscure cars which could deserve some love has always been a pleasure

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    I doubt the Mitsudodge is very popular among classic car fans...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duell View Post
    Is this second gen already a cult car in the States ?
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    I doubt the Mitsudodge is very popular among classic car fans...
    Most definitely not. Fans of the original or any Mopar fan definitely want to flush this car from their memory as quickly as possible. The only people who'd care for this car would be Mitsubishi lovers.

    In a similar vein, the Dodge Conquest was a Mitsubishi Starion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSXType-R View Post
    In a similar vein, the Dodge Conquest was a Mitsubishi Starion.
    Yes, that is on my 'to do' list for the Hide-Out as well

    And, in a more modern form there was the Mitsibushi 3000GT and Dodge Stealth. I believe the collaboration started with the Mitsubishi/Dodge Colt in the '70s.

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