1993 Dodge Shadow

When was the last time you saw a Dodge Shadow – especially one this clean?  I’m thinking 1993 at the very latest.  With the exception of an odd dent in the roof, this must be the cleanest Shadow remaining on earth.

The Shadow (and it’s cousin Plymouth Sundance) was yet another version of the venerable K-Car and was introduced in 1986 as an ’87 model.  Powered by a variety of naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinders (and later in the model run, a 3-liter V6), the Shadow competed in the compact class.  Originally offered in 3- and 5-door trims, a convertible model was later added to the lineup.  In this blogger’s opinion, the 3-door exterior is actually a pretty tidy design.  Definite 80s slab-sidedness there, and an odd choice to disguise the hatchback by including a huge horizontal metal surface in the hatch assembly itself, but not bad looking.

The interior, on the other hand?  Really?  People joke about designs being completed with only the use of a straightedge – well in this case it’s true.  The steering wheel appears to be the only curved piece of low-quality plastic, and even the airbag-equipped hub is square.  Fortunately for a potential buyer, there are acres of fuzzy synthetic mouse fur on about every other surface.

But, damn, that is clean.  This car is old enough to vote and  it looks as if it were fresh from the factory.  Of course, an average of fewer than 2000 miles per year will do that for a car.

The sun set on the Shadow line in 1994, to be replaced by the vastly more modern and not-K-Car-based nor hatchback Neon, so this is one of the last of an era.  Get those Pearl Jam tapes ready and Buy It Now on ebay for only $4890.


3 responses to “1993 Dodge Shadow”

  1. Jay says :

    When was the last time I saw one? MEXICO. There are so many “Chrysler Shadows” there that I couldn’t help but laugh. Some of them are even clean.

    • Hatchtopia says :

      Some US market shadows were built in Toluca, Mexico, but what’s surprising is that they chose to re-badge it as a Chrysler. It’s my understanding that Dodge is a well-respected brand in Mexico. Perhaps the Shadow was marketed in a higher class than in the States.

      In any case, Mexico has a few cars that I wish were sold here – primary
      among them (not a hatchback surprisingly) is the Chevrolet Tornado.

      Thanks for the comment!

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