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1989 Plymouth Speedster Concept Car


1989 Plymouth Speedster Concept Car Development
A molded plastic tub formed the 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car's boatlike body, inspiring notions of hopping in the car for a trip to the beach.
A molded plastic tub formed the 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car's boatlike body, inspiring notions of hopping in the car for a trip to the beach.
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The 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car development plan took into account the happy fact that specialty cars don't have to be big. Indeed, the 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car was a shorty, riding a wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles) of just 81.7 inches. It measured only 130 inches from stem to stern.

Chrysler Pacifica, the corporation's design studio in Carlsbad, California, handled the styling assignment. Two major goals were set: The car had to appeal strongly to those favored 18 to 25ers, and it had to be light in weight. No one had to make any plans for likely -- or even possible -- production on a real assembly line.

Old fogies over age 25 were sure to spot one unpleasant drawback right off the bat. The Plymouth Speedster concept car didn't just happen to have its top in the down position. It happened to have no top at all. When it rained, you get wet. When dust storms appeared, you grow dusty. Sudden snowflakes became part of the wild and wacky motoring experience.

In short, you got most of the disadvantages of a motorcycle, but probably not too many of its benefits, such as heart-stopping acceleration. In fact, 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car had no engine at all. It was merely a steel-and-plastic styling mockup.

Appearing at 1989 auto shows along with Plymouth's cycle/car were two other notable Chrysler concept vehicles: Dodge's super-powered V-10 Viper, which was a preview of the production muscle roadster, and Chrysler's safety-oriented Millennium sedan, which previewed the production 1993 Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler Concorde sedans.

What did the Plymouth Speedster concept car hint of? Just plain fun, it seemed. And it was hard to find anything wrong with that, even if one couldn't quite picture themselves grappling with that quasi-motorcycle steering fork.

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