Plymouth Arrow Pickup

The Plymouth Arrow was an expansion of the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Dodge Colt. Additionally, it was known as the Mitsubishi Celeste in Japan and as the Dodge Arrow in Canada. This was a small 2-door coupe with a hatchback instead of a more conventional trunk. It first was seen in September 1975 as a 1976 model. The Arrow was a rear-wheel drive car that contained a solid rear axle and leaf springs in the rear, with MacPherson struts in the front. Transmission offerings included either a four or a five-speed manual transmissions or a three-speed automatic. Under the hood, a 1.6 L I4 engine was standard with an optional 2.0 L I4. Over the years, it was manufactured in various trim levels, which included the 160, the GS and the GT. By 1979, the styling was given an update and a sporty version called the Fire Arrow was released. This special model had unique decals, a sportier interior and a 2.6 L I4 engine with four-wheel disc brakes. Interestingly, the Fire Arrow had one of the best horsepower to weight ratios among the various production cars at the time. This resulted because of its lightweight. Also on the menu were other sporty exterior finishes, such as the Arrow Jet package. The Arrow Jet paint package was a flashy two-tone finish that was typically in red and black. The whole car was red, but the bottom half of the car was covered in a solid flat black stripe with the words "Arrow Jet" in the stripe on the doors. This allowed for the underlying body color to show through. The color combination of red and black paid homage to one of the design inspirations for the Plymouth Arrow. It owes that to the Plymouth Barracuda. By 1971, the Barracuda was available with a billboard design option, which included a large, solid flat black decal that covered the entire back half of the car on both sides. Now in reality, this does not sound that appealing.