1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Litre

Funky-style 1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter

My memories of the 70s are limited to Christmas and seeing Star Wars in 1977 with my mum and my grandma, and its not because I was having too much fun, if you know what I mean, but rather because I was too young. My automotive knowledge, however, tells me that the 70s were a terrible, terrible time. Let me introduce the 1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter. This fine automotive specimen was designed in the UK, engineered in France and produced in both France and later Spain. It was powered by a 100-horsepower (or thereabouts) four-cylinder engine that propelled it to speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour, and enabled it to accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 12 to 13 seconds! To give you an idea of how lame this car actually is, nobody bothered to do an accurate test of acceleration. 12, 13 seconds. Good enough. Feels slower. Feast your eyes on this baby’s hot curves!

1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter
1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter

Could they have designed a more boring car if they’d tried? I don’t think so. That has got to be the most uninspired design I’ve ever seen. Thank the powers that be it was never imported in North America, and only used as lame get-away cars in Europe!

This car was in production from 1970 to 1980, and when they all woke up from their acid trip, they realized that their car didn’t look like this, so they decided to cancel.

Funky-style 1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter
Funky-style 1970 Chrysler 180 / 2-Liter

OK, I’m pretty sure that’s not how it went down. By 1980, it had lost all credibility, as even the interior was seen as ‘too Americanized’, whatever that means, and they shut down the assembly lines. The engine, however, would make a return appearance in the Matra Murena sports car, the topic for another day.

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