October 9, 2018
If you were in the market for a sub-compact back in the late 1980s, you might have wandered into your local Dodge dealer to check out their line of captive imports. This Dodge Colt DL, c1987, seen during a recent trip to Seattle, was one of them. Chrysler Corporation sold these small cars off and on from 1971 (while they were busy developing the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon) through to the mid-1990s. Most of Chrysler’s captive imports were manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi, which at the time was partially owned by Chrysler. One exception was the Plymouth Cricket, built in England by Chrysler’s Rootes Division (which did not go over nearly as well at the Mitsu vehicles). Versions of the Colt DL seen here were also sold by Plymouth, and in Canada as an Eagle Vista.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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