Friday, June 13, 2014

5k: No Affiliation: 1984 Plymouth Turismo

The litigious staff of Daily Turismo LLC GmbH GT-R would like to issue the following disclaimer: The vehicle listed below is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Daily Turismo staff, its holdings, or its shareholders. Daily Turismo expressly disclaims all liability for severe and debilitating depression associated with the ownership of this vehicle and offers no guarantee that it was indeed found in a barn and not a garage, shed, shack, shanty, or lean-to. Any resemblance between www.dailyturismo.com and this 1984 Plymouth Turismo "barn find" is purely coincidental. Find it for $3,200 in Seattle, WA.


Sadly, the news of this 54,000-mile front-drive hatch offering came after the death of an 86-year-old Washington woman. An estate sale revealed the unique car taste of "Turismo Sally," may she rest in peace. Thanks to her ownership, the car has a spotless interior and original tires that probably hold air from 1984.


Fun fact: The massive c-pillars and lack of passenger side mirror made the Turismo Ralph Nader's muse for his "Unsafe at Any Speed" follow-up, "Blind Spots at Every Speed" (That didn't really happen. - DT Law Office). Don't expect much speed from the 2.2L engine. Maybe 96 horsepower, as opposed to the turbocharged Shelby Charger's 146. An automatic transmission does the job without pretending to be anything special.


If you're a Daily Turismo disciple and have started packing your LS1 T56-swapped Volvo 1800ES for a road trip to Washington just so you can have a car called "Turismo," save your time. Buy a sticker instead. Even the craziest Iacoccaphile will hold out for one with a manual transmission or the aforementioned Shelby version.


See a more average car with a more awesome name? Email us at tips@dailyturismo.com.

7 comments:

  1. Wait what? Cancel my subscription, I thought this was the Plymouth Turismo owners club site. I am so confused.

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  2. Why do i want this car? It is ugly and slow. But somewhere out there a high school version of me really wants to take it on dates with a red headed girl name Sue or Jane.

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    1. I know what you mean... I kinda like orphans / forgotten models like this. A friend of mine owns a Scamp aka Rampage of this vintage and a guy up the road has the Shelby-ized version of this car (Shelby Charger) and I've always enjoyed them for their oddness. Ugly when they came out, still ugly today but I think that's part of their charm. You'll never pass another one going down the road.

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  3. Was that first pic taken outside the funeral home? Wow. The seller didn't even wait for grandma to get cold before putting her ride up for sale. Either that, or he/she was just then presented the invoice for "services rendered" and thought "holy crap, I'd better raise some capital quick!"

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    1. Wiki implies that it had a 1.6L Peugeot motor:
      In 1983, the Volkswagen engine went out of production, so a joint Chrysler/Peugeot 1.6 L engine was used instead. The Omni 024 was renamed the Charger. Carroll Shelby developed a sporty version of the car later during the year, the Dodge Shelby Charger. The transformation continued in 1984, with quad headlights now differentiating the Charger from its Omni origins. The Plymouth Turismo would share the same front end. Apart from the badging, both cars were exactly the same.

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  5. The best thing on the page is the disclaimer....

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