If you were alive in the Eighties than you most certainly have come across a car so dull, and unpretentious that it needed only one letter for its name. The “K” car. Actually, the cars (Chrysler LeBaron, Dodge Aries, and Plymouth Reliant) had their own names, but as a whole people only used one letter when referring to them. These vehicles could only be described as grandma’s grocery getter and their reputation never really improved.

The fact that throughout their production, the cars never mustered more than 100 horsepower, says that Chrysler’s sales demographic wasn’t the weekend enthusiast. They were betting on a car that was relatively reliable, decent on gas, and can seat 6 fairly comfortably. They did sell nearly 500,000 models between 1981 and 1989, making it one of Chrysler’s most profitable runs.

I wish I could tell you that these cars were more exciting. The truth is, they were not, and that’s just fine. You see, the reason that so few cars are built for enthusiasts, is because there just isn’t very many out there. Most people just want a car to get them from A to B. These “K” cars accomplished this and that is all we can ask.


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