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Junkyard Find: 1987 Dodge 600 SE

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

For most of the 1980s and well into the 1990s, most cars made by Chrysler were members of the many-branched K-Car family tree. In the early years, the K was sold as an all-American economy car for the frugal, but Lee Iacocca had his eye on stealing some sales from European luxury marques. Perhaps a K made to look something like a Mercedes-Benz would do the job?

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, decklid 600 SE emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This approach wasn’t so convincing for the Ford Granada, but Chrysler went ahead and made the Dodge 600 with suspiciously Mercedes-ish badging.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The 600 was available with the turbocharged 2.2-liter engine, as we have seen, but this one has the ordinary naturally aspirated 2.5.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, red velour upholstery - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This one has the Whorehouse Red Velour upholstery so beloved by American and Japanese car manufacturers during the late 1980s. 1992 may have been the peak year for this phenomenon.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, bumper stickers - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The final owner of this car was NOT A LIBERAL, just in case you were wondering what sort of Coloradan might drive a 30-year-old K-Car.

You can’t beat ’em!

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, decklid 600 SE emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, bench seat - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, bumper stickers - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, fake wood - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, instrument cluster - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, red velour upholstery - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, rear seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, door panel - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, decklid DODGE emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, RH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

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