Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekend Quickies, January 11, 2014

1980 Plymouth Arrow Pickup Truck - Talk about a time capsule...

This was Chrysler's answer to the Chevy LUV and the Ford Courier. Like the LUV and the Courier, the Arrow Pickup Truck was built in Japan, in this case by Mitsubishi. It came with a 2.0 93 HP engine.

This was not an especially popular truck. Small pick-ups hadn't become fashionable yet, and Plymouth was not the first brand that came to mind when shopping for a truck. Like all Japanese vehicles from this era, they rusted terribly.

All of that makes this truck pretty incredible. Not only has it survived, it survived intact. It looks like new. The flesh-tone paint, plaid interior and skinny whitewall tires scream late-seventies truck.

If it was your dream 34 years ago to own a new Plymouth Arrow Pickup Truck, this is as close as you're going to get now. It's probably your only chance.

Located in Staten Island, NY, click here to see the eBay ad.

1981 TVR Tasmin - TVR was a company that was always on the brink. The brink of great success or the brink of complete failure. Sometimes they managed to be on both at the same time.

The Tasmin came about during one of those times. When introduced in 1980, it received mostly positive reviews. It handled well and the Ford V6 gave it enough power to be entertaining. The super-wedge styling, done by Oliver Winterbottom, who had also styled the Lotus Elite S2, was controversial, but impossible to ignore. (I love it.)

Unfortunately, it was introduced during a worldwide recession and sales were never great.

The Tasmin, and its variants, were the last TVRs sold in the United States. (TVR sales continued in Canada for a number of years after TVR bailed in the US.)

This car is in Canada. It looks to be in very nice shape. Like most small manufacturers, TVR used parts from major car company's parts bins, and most are still available.

If you're looking for a rare, fun to drive British roadster, the TVR Tasmin is worth looking into.

Located in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, click here to see the Kijiji ad.

A big thanks to Andrew for sending me the link to this car!

1 comment:

bluetoes591 said...

I'd completely forgotten about the Plymouth Arrow. I used to see one semi-regularly, but now that I think about it, that may have been in the 1990s...