American Car Spotters Guide - 1983

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American Car Spotters Guide - 1983


The 1983 vintage of the Chevrolet Corvette was as visually exciting as its predecessors, and its chassis was technically outstanding. Only in the realm of engines did tradition reign supreme and technology take a back seat.
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1983 AMC Eagle
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AMC Eagle

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1983 AMC Eagle
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AMC Eagle

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1983 AMC Eagle SX4
USA

AMC Eagle SX4

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1983 AMC Spirit GT
USA

AMC Spirit GT

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1983 Avanti Coupe
USA

Avanti Coupe

   
   
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1983 Avanti Coupe
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Avanti Coupe

   
   
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1983 Buick Century 4-Door Limited
USA

Buick Century 4-Door Limited

  Also see: Buick Road Tests and Reviews | Buick Brochures
   
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1983 Buick Skylark T Type
USA

Buick Skylark T Type

  Also see: Buick Road Tests and Reviews | Buick Brochures
   
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Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
 
Having produced its "last" convertible in 1975, the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was proof that even General Motors could go back on its word. If ever there was proof that the fuel crisis had subsided by the early 1980's, this was it. A full-blown Cadillac convertible, complete with generous front and rear overhang, whitewall tyres, et al.
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1983 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
USA

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

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1983 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe
USA

Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1983 Cadillac Seville
USA

Cadillac Seville

  Also see: Cadillac Road Tests and Reviews | Cadillac Brochures
   
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1983 Cadillac Seville
USA

Cadillac Seville

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1983 Chevrolet Camaro
USA

Chevrolet Camaro

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1983 Chevrolet Cavalier 2-Door
USA

Chevrolet Cavalier 2-Door

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1983 Chevrolet Chevette
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Chevrolet Chevette

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1983 Chevrolet Chevette
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Chevrolet Chevette

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1983 Chevrolet Citation
USA

Chevrolet Citation

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1983 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista
USA

Chevrolet El Camino Conquista

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1983 Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight
USA

Chevrolet El Camino Royal Knight

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1983 Chevrolet El Camino SS
USA

Chevrolet El Camino SS

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1983 Chevrolet Suburban
USA

Chevrolet Suburban

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1983 Chevrolet Suburban K20
USA

Chevrolet Suburban K20

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler Cordoba
USA

Chrysler Cordoba

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler E Class
USA

Chrysler E Class

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1983 Chrysler E Class
USA

Chrysler E Class

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler Executive
USA

Chrysler Executive

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1983 Chrysler Imperial
USA

Chrysler Imperial

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1983 Chrysler Imperial
USA

Chrysler Imperial

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler LBaron Convertible
USA

Chrysler LBaron Convertible

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country Wagon
USA

Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country Wagon

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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1983 Chrysler New Yorker
USA

Chrysler New Yorker

  Also see: Chrysler Road Tests and Reviews | Chrysler Brochures
   
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Chevy Corvette

  Also see: Chevrolet Road Tests and Reviews | Chevrolet Brochures
 
Almost thirty years after it first appeared as a production version of a stylist's dream, the Chevrolet Corvette remained the only true American sports car, and the complete redesign which Chevrolet announced early in 1983 would take the car well into its fourth decade. The concept of a powerful two-seater with plastic bodywork remained the same, but the 1983 Corvette had little resemblance to its predecessor, having started as a clean sheet of paper. Despite its "sports car" classification, the Corvette was far removed from the European concept of a sports machine.

It was, however, closer to European thinking than any previous Corvette. Naturally, the power unit chosen was pure "cubic inches" - for which there ain't no substitute - and was the Chevrolet 351 CID (5.7 litres) V8 with Cross-Fire fuel injection producing 205 horsepower. Putting this power on the ground and keeping it there was a complicated business, and the Chevrolet engineers came up with some interestting solutions in the suspension department. A new departure was the extensive use of aluminium for major front and rear suspension components such as the front and rear upper control arms and knuckles, as well as the lateral control support arm in the rear suspension.

Total weight saving from these components was approximately 34 kg. Another innovation was the use of single leaf fibreglass transverse springs front and rear. As in previous Corvettes, the body panels were in plastic, and the hood (bonnet), although the largest plastic part ever made for a car, weighed only 26.2 kg. Styling and aerodynamics blended easily in the design of the body, whose shape came with a low Cd of 0.34.
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1983 Dodge 400
USA

Dodge 400

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1983 Dodge 400
USA

Dodge 400

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1983 Dodge 600ES Sedan
USA

Dodge 600ES Sedan

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Aries SE
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Dodge Aries SE

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Challenger
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Dodge Challenger

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Charger Shellby
USA

Dodge Charger Shellby

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Colt Custom
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Dodge Colt Custom

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Colt Custom RS
USA

Dodge Colt Custom RS

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Colt GTS
USA

Dodge Colt GTS

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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Dodge Daytona Turbo / Chrysler Laser

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
 
In 1983 Chrysler was riding on the crest of a wave following the reversal of its financial troubles. Buoyed by their success, the company introduced two new sports coupes, the Dodge Daytona Turbo and the Chrysler Laser. Based on existing Chrysler mechanical components and clothed in stylish bodies, the cars were ample evidence of the management style of Chrysler boss Lee Iacocca, a man who had always shown a readiness to attract customers with cars that were both attractive and enjoyable to drive.
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1983 Dodge Diplomat
USA

Dodge Diplomat

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1983 Dodge Mirada CMX
USA

Dodge Mirada CMX

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Omni
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Dodge Omni

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Dodge Omni Custom
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Dodge Omni Custom

  Also see: Dodge Road Tests and Reviews | Dodge Brochures
   
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1983 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
USA

Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews | Ford Brochures
   
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1983 GMC Cabellero
USA

GMC Cabellero

 
   
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1983 GMC Jimmy
USA

GMC Jimmy

 
   
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1983 GMC Jimmy
USA

GMC Jimmy

 
   
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1983 GMC Jimmy Diesel
USA

GMC Jimmy Diesel

 
   
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1983 GMC Suburban
USA

GMC Suburban

 
   
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1983 GMC Suburban
USA

GMC Suburban

 
   
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1983 GMC Suburban
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GMC Suburban

 
   
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1983 Jeep J10 Pioneer
USA

Jeep J10 Pioneer

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1983 Jeep Wagoneer Brougham 2-Door
USA

Jeep Wagoneer Brougham 2-Door

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1983 Jeep Wagoneer Limited
USA

Jeep Wagoneer Limited

  Also see: Jeep Road Tests and Reviews | Jeep Brochures
   
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1983 Lincoln Continental
USA

Lincoln Continental

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Lincoln Continental Mark VII

  Also see: Lincoln Road Tests and Reviews | Lincoln Brochures
 
The Lincoln Continental Mark VII borrowed the lines of Ford's Thunderbird, which gave it a Cd of 0.38, particularly low for such a large car. The unique aspect of the car lay in its suspension system, developed by Goodyear and Ford. Air bags at each wheel were the suspension medium, and a micro-computer and sensors controlled an air pump which provided the means of operating the self-levelling system. Advantages claimed for the air springs were a softer ride and better reaction to varying loads, coupled with lower curb weight.
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1983 Mercury Capri Black Magic
USA

Mercury Capri Black Magic

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury Capri Crimson Cat
USA

Mercury Capri Crimson Cat

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury Capri GS
USA

Mercury Capri GS

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury Capri Turbo RS
USA

Mercury Capri Turbo RS

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury LN7
USA

Mercury LN7

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury Lynx RS
USA

Mercury Lynx RS

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Mercury Topaz
USA

Mercury Topaz

  Also see: Mercury Road Tests and Reviews | Mercury Brochures
   
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1983 Oldsmobile Firenza SX Hatch Back
USA

Oldsmobile Firenza SX Hatch Back

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1983 Oldsmobile Hurst Olds
USA

Oldsmobile Hurst Olds

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1983 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
USA

Oldsmobile Ninety Eight

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Gran Fury
USA

Plymouth Gran Fury

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Reliant SE 4-Door
USA

Plymouth Reliant SE 4-Door

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Scamp GT
USA

Plymouth Scamp GT

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Scamp GT
USA

Plymouth Scamp GT

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Turismo
USA

Plymouth Turismo

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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1983 Plymouth Turismo
USA

Plymouth Turismo

  Also see: Plymouth Road Tests and Reviews | Plymouth Brochures
   
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Pontiac Fiero

  Also see: Pontiac Road Tests and Reviews | Pontiac Brochures
 
As the 1983 Northern Hemisphere autumn approached, the first of the 1984 models from the American manufacturers began to be shown. The Pontiac Fiero sports car had been an open secret for some time, and Pontiac took advantage of the press's interest by scheduling two announcements, one for the chassis and one for the complete car. A two seater with a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine mounted amidships, the Fiero introduced an entirely new method of construction, in which a unitary body/chassis assembly was built up and then mounted in a giant jig which accurately drilled the mounting holes for outer body panels made of plastics. In addition to the obvious advantages of light weight and easy repair of accident damage, there was the less obvious one of the ease with which modified panels could be fitted to replace the originals - a point which would not have gone unnoticed in America, the home of the customized car!
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