The Chrysler Cordoba was both a one year only full-sized luxury car based on the Chrysler New Yorker and an intermediate personal luxury coupe sold by Chrysler in North America from 1975 to 1983. The personal luxury version was the company's first model produced specifically for that market and the first Chrysler-branded vehicle that was smaller than full-size. The name was from the Spanish city of Córdoba, Spain.
The Cordoba was introduced by Chrysler for the 1975 model year as an upscale personal luxury car, competing with the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Regal, and Mercury Cougar. The Cordoba was originally intended to be a Plymouth—the names Mirada, Premier, Sebring, and Grand Era were associated with the project; all except Grand Era would be used on later Chrysler, Dodge, and Eagle vehicles, though only the Dodge Mirada would be related to the Cordoba. However, losses from the newly introduced full-size C-body models due to the 1973 oil crisis encouraged Chrysler executives to seek higher profits by marketing the model under the more upscale Chrysler brand.
The car was a success in 1975, a year that was otherwise dismal for the company. The success of using the Chrysler nameplate strategy is contrasted to the far fewer sales of its similar and somewhat cheaper corporate cousin, the Dodge Charger SE.
Interiors were more luxurious than the Dodge Charger SE and much more than the top-line standard intermediates (Plymouth Fury, Dodge Coronet) with a velour cloth notchback bench seat and folding armrest standard. Optionally available were bucket seats upholstered in Corinthian leather with a center armrest and cushion, or at extra cost, a center console with floor shifter and storage compartment. The dashboard and door panels featured simulated burled elm trim and metal stampings in 1975, while 1976–1979 models featured simulated rosewood trim. A 60/40 bench seat was introduced in 1976.
The original design endured with only small changes for three years before a variety of factors contributed to a decline in sales. A Chrysler designer, Jeffrey Godshall, wrote in Collectible Automobile magazine that this restyling was viewed as "somewhat tacky" and eliminated much of the visual appeal that the 1975 to 1977 Cordobas had been known for. The restyle also made the car appear heavier than its 1975–1977 predecessor at a time when other cars in this class were being downsized to smaller dimensions such as the Ford Thunderbird in 1977 and Chevy Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix in 1978.
The vehicle comes in very good condition. Running, everything functional. Beautiful interior, vinyl roof. Perfectly running engine with a beautiful sound. It comes with registration papers, import Canada, customs cleared.
|Engine||5.898 ccm, 172 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Silver|
|Color - interior||Black|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||66.731 mls|
|Chassis / VIN||SS22M6R162084|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Pisek|
2-door coupe body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 5898 cm3 / 359.9 cui, advertised power: 126.5 kW / 170 hp / 172 PS (SAE net), torque: 380 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 5469 mm, width: 1958 mm, wheelbase: 2921 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1865 kg; top speed: 184 km/h (114 mph); accelerations: 0-60 mph 11.6 s; 0-100 km/h 12.3 s