The Dodge Lancer was a model of the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation. Dodge used the Lancer name numerous times to denote models three times in its history before the creation of DaimlerChrysler in 1998. Initially, for the 1961 model year, Dodge applied the Lancer nameplate to its clone of Chrysler’s wildly successful Valiant compact. This of course is a regular and expected practice for one company to recognize the success of another and try valiantly to replicate that success, and it is even better when they apply some form of innovation to the model. This model was introduced when Chrysler officially assigned the Valiant to its Plymouth division for 1961, leaving Dodge dealers without a compact to sell.
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Differing from the Plymouth’s canted oval taillights and standalone grille, Lancers were given round taillights and full-width grilles. The compact Dodge Lancer used the Slant-6 engine, which could be equipped at the dealership with Chrysler’s Hyper Pak parts kit for a significant power upgrade. This was a fairly good attempt by Dodge to reproduce what consumers were looking for, but it really didn’t carry them very far. The Lancer sales didn’t meet expectations and the Lancer name was discontinued thereafter. Dodge replaced the compact car segment from 1963 through 1976 with the Dart, which was a name that had previously been assigned to a larger car produced by Dodge from 1960 to 1962. Dodge seemed to have forgotten the failure of the Lancer back in the sixties, for the Dodge Lancer was re-introduced in 1985 as a mid-sized 5-door hatchback. It was a clone to the Chrysler LeBaron GTS and was based on the Chrysler H platform, which was a stretched version of the Chrysler K platform. All Lancers were built in Sterling Heights, Michigan although production ended there on April 7, 1989, as the Lancer was replaced by the Spirit. Go to our easy to use auto transport cost calculator on this page and learn more about the Dodge Lancer.<< Back to Vehicle Index