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Suddenly it’s 1960 (again)! Able-bodied no, not that 1960. How about this one, the (more) absolute 1960? Yes, history repeats itself, and every so often, Detroit was affected out of its  delusional coma and abnegation to face the music that consistently seemed to abrade on its ears: baby cars. In acknowledgment to a growing barrage of European imports led by the VW in the fifties, in 1960 the Big Three launched their first-ever compacts: Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Corvair and Chrysler’s Valiant. By the mid/late seventies, those were all gone, but the Japanese were all here. So Detroit geared up for the additional big acceptation showdown of 1980-1981. Once again, Chrysler’s weapon was acutely aimed at the acceptable American-car buyer: added technically avant-garde this time (FWD!), but conservatively styled, still anguish from the aching assignment of their bizarrely-styled 1960 Valiant.

The K-cars set out to charm the 1960 Falcon’s success, all-too acquisitive to anamnesis its spirit: small, boxy, roomy, businesslike and all-American, appropriate bottomward to the advanced bank seat. Well, maybe a bit too 1960 America; aloof like the Falcon, the K-car appealed to acceptable American-car buyers, but had no credible appulse on the the atomic advance of the Japanese imports, aloof like the Falcon bootless to cavity the Volkswagen’s success. So ironically, although the K-car adored Chrysler in the eighties, it did little or annihilation to axis the tsunami that ultimately overtook the Pentastar a additional time. History repeats itself…

The adventure of the little Chryslers is a ample one, abnormally accustomed all the amaranthine variants that Lee Iaccoca’s Imaginarium spawned: aggregate from amplitude limos, Italianesque two-seat “sports cars”,the best acknowledged mini van ever, and a aggregation of added niches in between. Yes, we’ve already covered the mini-van, the convertibles, the K-New Yorker, and the Daytona coupe. But I couldn’t abide this adequately aboriginal one-little-old adult buyer ’83 Aries with 97k miles. I’ve attempt affluence of the ’85 and afterwards face-lifted K’s, but this is the alone first-series I’ve bent so far; they’re accepting boss rare. And back it’s for sale, I anticipation I would accord you true-blood K-car lovers the adventitious to grab it afore it’s gone: $1600 or best offer. Hurry! And while you’re manning the phones and negotiating (the assurance says it “needs nothing”, but where’s the A/C compressor belt?), I’ll booty a ache at the history of this seminal K-car.

The basal boxlike outline of the adventure is able-bodied categorical into the memories of us that lived through the K-era. In the years arch up to it, the Valiant and Dart kept growing, and were eventually replaced by the now mid-sized Volare/Aspen twins. Arriving in 1976, those were already one or two sizes too big accustomed the ambagious acceleration of oil prices and the downsizing already underway at GM. In actuality the Volare and Aspen eventually morphed into Chrysler’s “big” cars, the aftermost RWD sedans until the avant-garde 300.

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That doesn’t beggarly that “big” cars were absolutely all that ample inside. In a clear attestation to aloof how space-inefficient acceptable American cars of the time were, the acutely abate K-Cars (176″ length) equaled best of the key autogenous ambit of the 1972 mid-size Satellite and the Volare-based 1986 Grand Fury (both about 204″ long). Seating for six and bank seats were a aloft archetype for the clean-sheet K-car design, and who can accusation them, if you’re a bedmate and you appetence to booty your wives and your associate and his two wives out for banquet like this blessed set of trios above? Who abroad would acquisition themselves in this book above?

Yes, the K-car was one of those attenuate times back American designers and engineers were accustomed the adventitious to alpha from scratch, although Chrysler’s acquaintance with the (mostly) European advised Horizon/Omni came in boss handy. The abeyance architecture was absolutely similar, and apprenticed acceptable ubiquitous: advanced struts and rear twist-beam axle. Chrysler already had FWD transaxles, including the automated TorqueFlite from the Omnirizon. That still larboard the body, a new four butt engine, and to accomplish it all assignment calm harmoniously.

The aftereffect charge be advised a able success. Let’s leave the abilities for afterwards and focus on the good: accustomed the times and Detroit’s state-of-the art, the K-Car anatomy was not alone amplitude efficient, but adequately stiff, athletic and sound, abnormally accustomed its ablaze weight (2300-2400 lbs). This contributed to a appropriate ride quality, and adequate, if absolutely dull handling.

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And the new 2.2 liter OHC four, which does attending a bit like a hardly scaled up VW 827 agent (as acclimated in the Chrysler Omni/Horizon), angry out to be a asperous abject for approaching development, alike if the aboriginal units had a bit of an appetence for arch gaskets. And, of course, it suffered from the abhorrent accompaniment of smog-controls of the time: electronic-feedback carburetors that were balky, big-ticket to replace, messed with the agitation timing, and gave characterless power: all of 84 hp was the result, in the aboriginal two years of production. The alternative Mitsubishi 2.6 four had a adumbration added torque, and was a bit smoother with its exhausted antithesis shafts, but had its own set of issues. This Aries sports the 2.2 and a cavalcade confused three-speed automatic.

I had the audible anger of actuality an Aries (or was it a Reliant?) disciplinarian for a brace of months in 1985. It was my acting aggregation car (extended-term rental) appropriate afterwards a assignment with the all-new Nissan Sentra, and aloof afore I busted up my adventuresomeness abundantly to assurance (for the start-up company) a five-year charter for a cast new MB W124 300E. Sandwiched amid the appreciably active and tossable Sentra and the superb 300E, the Aries was apprenticed to disappoint. It did.

My drive again was a dream, for LA standards. Straight through Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive, and up, over and bottomward breathtaking and ambagious Coldwater Canyon into the Valley. Or Laurel Canyon, for a change of backdrop and alike tighter twisties. Running adjoin the accepted cartage flow, the canyons were a admirable way to alpha the morning, but not in a Reliant. The Sentra was eager, accommodating and brisk, if a bit primitive. The Aries, with its bigger motor, had the archetypal tip-in and torque to “feel” able from a start, but was deadened as the revs (didn’t) build. Aboriginal versions of the K car activated at 13-16 abnormal for the ankle to sixty. The Sentra could do it in ten. And active a K-car bottomward Rodeo Drive every day didn’t absolutely do abundant for my cocky esteem. Bring on the Mercedes!

The council was (still) too light, and the car aloof wasn’t set up to bear any fun. Yes, it did exhausted the board and bruised bigger Chryslers of the time, but don’t alike ask what it acquainted like compared to an Accord. And therein was the body of the problem: The K-Car was a big footfall advanced for Chrysler and Detroit, and a analytic able car. But by the time it arrived, Honda was basic the additional bearing of the analgesic Accord. Comparing the two is an exercise in futility. The Honda artlessly acquainted (and was) greatly bigger in every accessible metric. It took a continued time for Detroit to assuredly attenuated that gap.

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Lee Iaccoca is usually referred to as the ancestor of the K-car, but he accustomed at Chrysler back the K-car affairs was already able-bodied on its way. But he auspiciously fabricated it his own, application it as the primary (sole?) angle of his dog and pony appearance to argue Congress that Chrysler had the new FWD technology to be a safe bet for their $1.5 billion in accommodation guarantees (doesn’t that bulk assume quaintly baby now?) And the K-car was not originally developed with any anticipation to the amaranthine permutations it spawned. But the K-car belvedere was apprenticed stretched, spindled and mutilated, a attestation to the artlessness and ability of such a aboveboard design, as able-bodied as the talents of the Chrysler engineers.  The assorted offshoots lasted at atomic until 1995, alike admitting the Aries and Reliant were gone by 1989, replaced by the Spirit/Acclaim, or Sundance/Shadow, depending on your point of view.

The Aries/Reliant awash well, beyond 300k units the aboriginal year. The flush LeBaron broadcast the absolute first-gen K-car sales to over 350k per year, and maintained abutting to that through 1988, back their replacements appeared. The K-cars did absolutely what Lido awash Congress on: they were assisting from the start, and generated abundant profits with which Chrysler repaid all its government-backed loans by 1983. And that was aloof the start: the banknote absolutely started rolling in with the mini-vans and added off-shoots, acceptance Chrysler to buy Jeep, and advance in a accomplished new band of cars in the 1990’s. The K-car absolutely created the New Chrysler.

And accustomed the missteps that GM fabricated with their hyper-recalled X-Bodies of the aforementioned vintage, the K-car’s barrage was almost agitation free; hardly a accustomed in those times. In Chrysler’s case, that was actually essential; if the K-Cars had accustomed with austere problems, Chrysler’s awakening ability accept angry out absolutely different. Yes, the aboriginal versions had their issues, and body quality, achievement and clarification steadily improved, abnormally with the ’85 refresh. A Toyota or Honda it wasn’t, but afterwards the adulterated barrage of the Aspen/Volare twins, and GM’s X-Body woes, the K-car able the wrath: Kraptastic; yes. But in a hardly alluring way.

I’ve compared the Aries/Reliant to the aboriginal Falcon, but what fills its shoes today? The aboriginal car that ancestor in my mind: the Nissan Versa. A quick browse of the specs confirms my intuition: They’re absolutely the aforementioned breadth (176″), and aural an inch in amplitude and two inches in wheelbase. The Versa auto is a bit taller, which gives it the bend in allowance and rear legroom. They both awash on the aforementioned premise: best American-scale autogenous amplitude for the buck, alike if the Versa doesn’t action a advanced bench. And aloof how do they assemblage up in that amount proposition? The Aries started at $6k for a stripper; that’s over $14k in today’s bucks. The abject Versa starts at $9,950. Sometimes history doesn’t echo itself.

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