Sunday, March 28, 2010

Before They Were Beaters: 1981 Dodge Challenger

I'm not sure what the writing means across the top, but Google translator tells me it's definitely NOT Challenger. Maybe it's reverse Engrish or perhaps a disgruntled translator is playing the same joke that many tattoo artists play on spring breakers when "Strength, Power, Honor" is intentionally mistranslated to "I cry myself to sleep" on someones forearm.

Sold overseas as the Mitsubishi Scorpion or Sapporo, the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Sapporo were direct competition for 4 cylinder Mustangs and Celicas. Power came from the ominous sounding "Silent Shaft" 2.6 liter four, also known as the Astron. The Scorpion and it's derivatives are commonly used as permanent storage for small block Fords, Holdens, and Valiants in Australia and New Zealand.

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