Let’s not play good right here: there are vehicles that appear to exist solely for use and abused in completely horrific fashions. Can’t consider one? I can title you a listing. How about each 1970s Honda that obtained despatched to rollover contest, or each Ford Escort that wound up as a Hornet race automotive earlier than being unceremoniously dumped when one thing broke? What about each F-body that obtained slid right into a ditch or each Mustang that obtained powerskidded right into a crowd? And let’s not even go into all the 1970s tanks that have been despatched to the demolition derby. Solely a choose few fashions from any specific era are saved, treasured and cherished…the remainder are typically cannon fodder for leisure worth. However which mannequin holds high billing as probably the most used and abused?
For me, there’s just one reply: the four-door Mopars that fall beneath the “Late B” class. That’s any Dodge Coronet or small Dodge Monaco or small Plymouth Fury made between 1975 and 1978. These have been the vehicles you noticed in The Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey and the Bandit, or every other late 1970s-early 1980s film or present that wanted a disposable cop automotive. They usually have been disposable…simply on the Dukes of Hazzard alone, 309 Chargers (give or take) went to the scrapyard, sufficient that studio execs the place sending hunters out to find replacements. What number of Plymouth Fury and Dodge Monaco cop vehicles obtained jumped, crashed, or sank within the creek on that present? I’m not counting.
And out of doors of the massive screens, life wasn’t any simpler. Many of those sedans have been cop or taxi-specified and whereas I’ve bashed Chrysler Company’s administration fashion within the 1970s, the B-bodies have been simply as fearsome in popularity as their big-brother C-bodies. They nonetheless had 440s obtainable and would nonetheless transfer the hell out, particularly by mid-1970s requirements, the second you buried the throttle. However discover me any cop automotive that lived a charmed, easygoing life…you’ve discovered a unicorn, my good friend. Most have been beat on till bought, then normally obtained a second life as a taxi, and shortly after hit the yard, damaged and worn out, one other 1970s fuel hog higher left lifeless.
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