Chrysler Cordoba

The Chrysler Cordoba was a 1975-1983 produced in two generations, located somewhere in the upper middle class coupe of the U.S. car manufacturer Chrysler. The Cordoba was the first car of the Chrysler brand, it was not a full-size model. The for Chrysler Group subsidiary Dodge division offered slightly modified versions of Cordoba under the names Charger SE (1975-1979) and Mirada ( 1980-1983).

Cordoba (B- Body)

Chrysler Cordoba ( 1976)

The Cordoba was Chrysler's first model in the class of personal luxury cars. The car was aimed at competitors like the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Elite, which were produced annually, usually in six -digit numbers since 1969 and 1974 respectively.

The first generation of the Chrysler Cordoba was based on the group's B platform. She was closely associated with the middle class models, Dodge Coronet (designated in 1977 as a Dodge Monaco ) and the Plymouth Satellite (later Plymouth Fury ) related. The design of Cordoba, however, was independent. It was perceived in the American press as "very good cross between a Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a Jaguar XJ6 ". In particular, the circular lighting units at the front end of the first version ( 1974-1977 ) presented associations with the Jaguar ago. For model year 1978, the Cordoba underwent a facelift and got the rectangular double headlights then often used, which were arranged one above the other. This he saw in the front view Chevrolet Monte Carlo of the model years 1976/77 are very similar.

Cordoba was powered exclusively by large-volume V8 engines with displacements from 5.2 to 6.6 liters. Starting in 1977, all engines had the aim of reducing gasoline consumption equipped with Chrysler's Lean Burn system. As power transmission served each Chrysler TorqueFlite three- speed automatic.

The Cordoba was one of the few successful sales, Chrysler was able to show in the late seventies. In the first years of Cordoba accounted for more than half of the total production of Chrysler models. From the first generation Chrysler Cordoba produced a total of 700,000 copies.

A special version of the Cordoba was the Chrysler 300, which was only in 1979, the last model year of the first generation offered. It was a sporty version of the Cordoba.

The for Chrysler Group subsidiary Dodge division offered from 1975 to 1978 a barely modified version of the car under the name Dodge Charger, which was less successful than the Cordoba.

Cordoba ( J- Body)

Chrysler Cordoba ( 1980)

The notice published in the fall of 1979, new Cordoba based on the platform of the Chrysler LeBaron and fell 15 cm shorter and over 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Standard was now the Chrysler - line six-cylinder, known as the Slant Six, which was indeed extremely reliable, but clearly too weak for the large coupés. For an additional charge there was the familiar 5.2 -liter V8 and (only for model year 1980) the 5.9 -liter V8.

Offered was the Cordoba in the model years 1980 to 1983 as a base model, from 1980 to 1982 in addition. Than sporty, spartan equipped LS model and only 1980 in the luxury variant Cordoba Crown that there was also a Corinthian Edition with custom paint and a particularly lush interior

The design of the second - generation Cordoba was, however, less friends, in addition, the second oil crisis in 1979 had a detrimental effect on the whole vehicle type from which sales declined. While sales of competing models but recovered, while sales of Cordoba remained at a low level. After Chrysler began to focus on new, smaller models with front wheel drive, the production of Cordoba in 1983 set without replacement.

From Cordoba the second generation Chrysler sat from a total of 95,000 shares.


Flammang, James M / Kowalke, Ron. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1976-1999. Krause Publishing, Iola 1999. ISBN 0-87341-755-0