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1975 Chrysler Cordoba

1975 Cordoba with leather buckets and center console

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1976 Cordoba with 400 cid V-8

 

 

 

1976 Chrysler Cordoba

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1977 Chrysler Cordoba

1977 Chrysler Cordoba

1977 Cordoba

 

1975  By 1975, the muscle car era was pretty much history. Oil embargos, high gas prices, high insurance rates, and emission controls were greatly reducing the power outputs of the 1970's powerplants. In response, Chrysler introduced the all-new Cordoba. Advertised as "the new small Chrysler", it would actually be considered a full-size car by today's standards. However, it was nearly a foot shorter than the 75 New Yorker Brougham, and nearly 650 pounds lighter. The new Cordoba was a personal luxury coupe that emphasized luxury and a smooth, quiet ride, versus raw speed and performance.

 

Styling wise, the Cordoba was a great-looking car. It had graceful lines, without any of the over-chromed, wild tail-finned, styling excesses of the past. Most of the chrome was in the bumpers, with more chrome surrounding a formal front-end with a close-mesh grill. Small chrome rings tastefully circled the round headlights on the outside, and the smaller round parking lights just inside them. The Cordoba medallion hood ornament was made of aluminum. The rest of the car was the classic long-hood, short deck theme. The windows to the 58.5-inch long doors covered most of the length of the passenger compartment, with small opera windows taking up the rest of the length behind them. The car looked much more expensive than it actually was, which was exactly the point.

 

The Cordoba offered several styling choices for the roof. You could get a vinyl landau top (goes halfway across the roof), a halo vinyl roof (covers the entire roof), or a manually operated sun-roof. Every Cordoba came with standard rear courtesy lights in front of the rear opera windows. Inside, seat choices were a split bench seat in either cloth and vinyl, or optional velour, each with a folding center armrest. The carpeting was 24-ounce shag, with additional carpeting on the bottoms of the doors, the backs of the seats, even inside the trunk and over the full-size spare. The instrument panel was decked out in walnut-patterned inserts. The instrumentation included oil pressure, temperature, alternator, and fuel gauges, with a tachometer optional . For those who wanted their Cordoba to be a bit sportier, leather bucket seats with a center console and floor shifter were optional.

 

Underneath the body, the suspension was torsion bars in front, asymetrical leaf-springs in the rear, with both front and rear sway bars. The brakes were front power disc with power rear drums. The tires were GR78 X 15 white-walls on 15-inch wheels. Electronic ignition was standard. The standard Cordoba engine was the 360 cid V-8, with the 318 cid V-8 and 400 cid V-8 engines optional. The only transmission available was the TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic.

 

Apparently, the Cordoba was the right car at the right time, as it was a runaway sales success. Selling over 150,000 units, it far and away outsold ever other Chrysler model in 1975.

 

Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios

360 V-8 2.45 Sure Grip
318 V-8, 400 V-8 ? ?
Since the Cordoba was basically identical to the 1975 Charger, the axle ratio options were probably identical. But without proof of this, I am not including the Charger information in this table.

  

1975 Engine Specifications 318 cid V-8 360 cid V-8 400 cid V-8
compression ratio 8.5:1 ? 8.2:1
horsepower 150 @ 4,000 ? 175 @ 4,000
carburetor 2-barrel ? 2-barrel

 

1975 Powertrain

 Options

Cordoba

360 V-8

Standard

318 V-8, 400 V-8 Optional
Automatic transmission was the only transmission available

            

1975 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Lucerne Blue Metallic, Starlight Blue Metallic, Deep Sherwood Metallic, Avocado Gold Metallic, Frosty Green Metallic, Yellow Blaze, Sahara Beige, Golden Fawn, Sienna Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic, Bittersweet Metallic, Rallye Red, Vintage Red Metallic, Platinum Metallic, Moondust Metallic, Inca Gold Metallic, Spanish Gold Metallic, Spinnaker White, Silver Cloud Metallic, Formal Black

 

1976  Most of the changes to the Cordoba were in areas that you couldn't see. The body carried over, with only a change to the front grill, which now had thinner vertical slats than last year. A new hot-looking chrome styled road-wheel was now optional. On the inside, a new 60/40 split-bench velour seat was added to the options list. The carryover leather seats were now referred to for the first time as "Corinthian" leather, a phrase that is still famous due to the commercials made by a very sauve looking Ricardo Montalban. The standard 3-spoke steering wheel was redesigned, and a new "Tuff" small diameter sport steering wheel was now optional. To help save trunk space, a smaller "space-saver" spare became a no-charge option on the Cordoba.

 

All of the other engines carried over, although now the 400 V-8 was the standard motor instead of the 360 V-8. A new Lean-Burn 400 cid V-8 was added to the options list. Lean-burn technology used a computer to take data on throttle position, engine speed, manifold vacuum, and engine temperature to adjust the timing to provide the most-economical (leanest) fuel mixture. It was the beginning of computerized engine controls that are common on today's cars. Unfortunately, the technology was still a bit too primitive in the 70's, and the lean-burn system usually just made the motors run bad, triggering owners to just remove the system. The GR78 X 15 white side-wall tires rode on 15 X 5.5-inch wheels. The brakes were still power front-disc and self-adjusting rear 10-inch X 2.5-inch drums.

 

The Cordoba was still red-hot, with sales increasing again to well over 167,000. In fact, the Cordoba outsold all other Chrysler cars combined, and was second only to the Chevrolet Monte Carlo in its segment.

 

Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios

318 V-8, 360 V-8, 400 V-8 2.71 2.45, 3.21, 2.71 Sure Grip, 3.21 Sure Grip

  

1976 Engine Specifications 318 cid V-8 360 cid V-8 400 cid V-8
compression ratio 8.5:1 8.4:1 8.2:1 8.2:1 8.2:1
horsepower 150 @ 4,000 170 @ 4,000 175 @ 4,000 210 @ 4,400 240 @ 4,400
torque 255 @ 1,600 280 @ 2,400 300 @ 2,400 305 @ 3,200 325 @ 3,200
carburetor 2-barrel 2-barrel 2-barrel 4-barrel, lean burn 4-barrel, dual exhaust

 

1976 Powertrain

 Options

Carburetor

Cordoba

318 V-8

2-barrel

Optional

360 V-8 2 barrel Optional
400 V-8 2-barrel Standard
4-barrel Optional
Automatic transmission was the only transmission available

                     

1976 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Silver Cloud Metallic, Platinum Metallic, Astral Blue Metallic, Jamaican Blue Metallic, Starlight Blue Metallic, Rallye Red, Vintage Red Sunfire Metallic, Bittersweet Metallic, Jade Green Metallic, Deep Sherwood Sunfire Metallic, Saddle Tan, Caramel Tan Metallic, Light Chestnut Metallic, Yellow Blaze, Golden Fawn, Inca Gold Metallic, Spanish Gold Metallic, Formal Black, Spinnaker White

 

1977  Knowing they had a good thing on their hands, Chrysler chose to leave the Cordoba styling unchanged again, except for another update of the front grill. The side opera windows now had sharper edges to them. Two new roof options became available. A Crown padded elk grain vinyl roof, which looked similar to the landau vinyl roof, except it had thicker padding, with distinctive edging around each opera and rear window. The Crown roof also came with a unique light band that ran over the top and on each side of the edge of the roof treatment. A much sportier-looking option was the T-bar roof, which had twin removable glass panels that really made the Cordoba look awesome.

 

On the inside, a new 2-spoke steering wheel covered with Corinthian leather was added to the options list. The "Tuff" steering wheel, first offered in 1976, was now gone. The 24-ounce carpeting was now advertised as 22-ounce carpeting. How much money can they save with 2-ounces less carpeting? The trunk carpeting that was standard in the past was now optional. Likewise, the space-saver spare that was optional in the past was now standard, with the full-size spare now a no-cost option.

 

The engines continued basically unchanged. The rear brake drum size increased to 11 X 2.5-inches. Several new tire sizes were added to the options list, including GR70 X 15-inch raised white-letter tires on 15 X 6.5-inch wheels.
 
Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios
318 V-8 2.7 2.9, 3.2, 2.7 Sure Grip, 3.2 Sure Grip
360 V-8 2.7 2.4, 3.2, 2.4 Sure Grip, 2.7 Sure Grip, 3.2 Sure Grip
400 V-8 2.4 2.7, 3.2, 2.4 Sure Grip, 2.7 Sure Grip, 3.2 Sure Grip

 

1977 Engine Specifications 318 cid V-8 360 cid V-8 400 cid V-8
compression ratio 8.5:1 8.4:1 ? 8.2:1
horsepower 145 @ 4,000 155 @ 3,600 170 190 @ 3,600
torque 245 @ 1,600 275 @ 2,000 ? 305 @ 3,200
carburetor 2-barrel 2-barrel 4-barrel 4-barrel

 

1977 Powertrain

 Options

Cordoba

318 V-8

Optional

360 V-8 Optional
400 V-8 Standard
Automatic transmission was the only transmission available

                           

1977 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Silver Cloud Metallic, Cadet Blue Metallic, Starlight Blue Sunfire Metallic, Claret Red, Vintage Red Sunfire Metallic, Jade Green Metallic, Forest Green Sunfire Metallic, Burnished Copper Metallic, Russet Sunfire Metallic, Caramel Tan Metallic, Light Chestnut Metallic, Coffee Sunfire Metallic, Golden Fawn, Inca Gold Metallic, Spanish Gold Metallic, Jasmine Yellow, Spinnaker White, Formal Black Sunfire Metallic

 

Cordoba Production

Cordoba

% Production Change

1975

150,105

 

1976 167,618 +11.67%
1977 163,138 -2.67%

              

Specifications Cordoba
Length (inches) 215.3
Width (inches)
77.1
Height (inches) 52.6
Curb Weight 75 4,035
76 3,957
77 4,004
Wheelbase (inches) 115.0
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 25.5