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1982 Chrysler Cordoba

 

 

Optional 4-spoke Sport Steering Wheel

 

 

 

1982 Cordoba LS with Cabriolet roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 Chrysler Cordoba

1983 Cordoba

 

1981  The Cordoba coupe carried over essentially unchanged styling-wise. The standard 225 cid slant six now had hydraulic valve lifters. The front and rear bumpers were new high strength steel units. The Cordoba gold coin hood ornament was replaced by a simple pentastar. A padded landau roof with opera windows and opera lamps was now standard. The split bench seat was gone, with the 60/40 cloth and vinyl seat now standard, with the Corinthian leather buckets optional. The Cordoba Crown model was also gone, with the Corinthian Edition package still available. The Corinthian Edition Package now included a unique Crown Special Edition Landau padded roof which covered the rear opera windows. Roof choices were still the Landau (standard on Cordoba), Cabriolet, power sun-roof, and tinted glass T-Tops.

 

For enthusiasts however, the real news for 1981 was the Cordoba LS. The Cordoba LS featured an entirely new front clip. Gone was all of the chrome on the original front-end, and even the hood ornament was removed. Replacing it was an angled nose, with a blackened large opening grill covered by large cross-bars and an "LS" emblem in the center of the cross-bars. The front bumper, rear taillamp bezels, and dual outside mirror housings were all body colored, replacing the chrome units of the base Cordoba. Vinyl bucket seats were standard, with cloth and vinyl bucket or leather and vinyl bucket seats optional. Premium "turbine" wheel covers were standard. Visually identical to the Dodge Mirada, the Cordoba LS was the sportiest looking Cordoba since 1979, and was quite an attractive car.

 

1981 Miscellaneous Production Totals

Cabriolet top 998
Cabriolet with 2-tone paint 334
Corinthian Edition Package 1,957

 

Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

Optional Rear Axle Ratios
225 Slant Six 2.7, 2.9 w/air ?
318 V-8 2.7 2.7 Sure Grip (?)
Sure Grip differential was available in 1981, however, no information is given as to final-gear ratio size or engine availability. 

    

1981 Engine Specifications

225 Slant Six

318 cid V-8

compression ratio 8.4:1 8.5:1
horsepower 85 @ 3,600 130 @ 4,000
torque 165 @ 1,600 230 @ 2,000
carburetor 1-barrel 2-barrel

 

1981 Powertrain

 Options

Cordoba

225 Slant-Six

Standard

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

                                                

1981 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Light Heather Gray, Daystar Blue Metallic, Burnished Silver Metallic, Formal Black, Nightwatch Blue, Graphic Red, Baron Red, Light Cashmere, Mahogany Starmist, Spice Tan Starmist, Pearl White
Cordoba LS Burnished Silver Metallic, Formal Black, Nightwatch Blue, Graphic Red, Baron Red, Pearl White
Corinthian Edition - including 2-tone options Mahogany Starmist, Light Heather Gray/Mahogany Starmist, Linen Cream/Light Cashmere, Driftwood Gray/Light Heather Gray, Formal Black
Cordoba 2-tone options Burnished Silver Metallic/Nightwatch Blue, Pearl White/Morocco Red, Pearl White/Nightwatch Blue

 

1982  Few changes were made to the Cordoba this year. The optional sure-grip differential was no longer available, which probably made no difference considering the engine choices available. The base Cordoba received a new padded vinyl Landau roof which covered the rear opera windows. It had an opera light and a brushed finish "up-and-over" molding on the edge. The Corinthian Edition package was history, as was all of the 2-tone paint schemes. The Cordoba LS still had standard bucket seats, although leather was no longer an option (leather bucket seats were still optional on the base Cordoba). The "Tuff" steering wheel was gone, replace by a very cool looking 4-spoke sport steering wheel that was optional only on the LS. The Cabriolet simulated convertible roof was still optional on all models. Thankfully, T-Tops and a center console were still optional.

 

1982 Miscellaneous Production Totals

Cabriolet top 1,612

 

Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

225 Slant Six, 318 V-8 2.94

 

1982 Engine Specifications

225 Slant Six

318 cid V-8

compression ratio 8.4:1 8.5:1
horsepower 90 @ 3,600 130 @ 4,000
torque 160 @ 1,600 230 @ 2,000
carburetor 1-barrel 2-barrel

 

1982 Powertrain

 Options

Cordoba

225 Slant-Six

Standard

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

                                             

1982 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Royal Red Crystal, Goldenrod Crystal, Charcoal Gray Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Light Auburn Crystal, Spice Tan Metallic, Manila Cream, Nightwatch Blue, Glacier Blue Crystal, Formal Black, Sterling Silver Crystal, Pearl White
Cordoba LS Morocco Red, Burnished Silver Metallic, Formal Black, Nightwatch Blue, Pearl White

 

1983  The LS was gone in 1983, very sad news for fun-driving enthusiasts. T-Tops were also gone, as was the power sunroof. Only the base Cordoba remained, with the Special Edition Landau roof standard, and the Cabriolet roof optional. The standard seats were 60/40 cloth and vinyl, now with a reclining passenger side seatback. The leather and vinyl buckets were the only available optional seat.

 

Perhaps mercifully, this would be the last year for the Cordoba. The Cordoba began life as a personal luxury car with sporty DNA infused into it. Over the years, the sportiness was taken away, leaving only the luxury credentials.

 

In nine model years, 757,178 Cordobas left the assembly line. It came to life as a successor to the muscle cars, became one of the most successful cars of all time during the seventies, survived the near collapse of Chrysler in the early eighties, and left the line-up only as Lee Iacocca was replacing all Chrysler cars with the front-wheel drive K-car platform. It is actually amazing to see just how long the Cordoba survived, and the history that it has seen along the way. It is also somewhat surprising that Chrysler has not seen fit to bring back the Cordoba name to a new model. Perhaps they believe that the name is tarnished as being a relic of the rust-prone, underpowered seventies. If so, that would really be unwarranted. The Cordoba was a personal coupe that could be all cars to all consumers, depending on just how it was optioned. Family car, luxury car, performance coupe, just check off the right option boxes, and the Cordoba was exactly what you wanted it to be - no compromises. That is a testament to what a real car should be, and is a trait that almost no cars hold today.  

 

1983 Miscellaneous Production Totals

Cabriolet top 899

 

Engine

Standard Rear Axle Ratio

225 Slant Six, 318 V-8 2.94

 

1983 Engine Specifications

225 Slant Six

318 cid V-8

compression ratio 8.4:1 8.5:1
horsepower 90 @ 3,600 130 @ 4,000
torque 165 @ 1,600 230 @ 1,600
carburetor 1-barrel 2-barrel
 

1983 Powertrain

 Options

Cordoba

225 Slant-Six

Standard

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

                                                       

1983 Cordoba Color Availability
Cordoba Light Heather Gray, Light Heather Gray Metallic, Burnished Silver Metallic, Frost Blue Metallic, Nightwatch Blue, Formal Black, Baron Red, Crimson Red Metallic, Natural Suede Tan, Light Cashmere, White, Mocha Brown Metallic
Cordoba 2-tone options Light Cashmere/Natural SuedeTan, Light Heather Gray/Light Heather Gray Metallic, Frost Blue Metallic/Nightwatch Blue

 

Cordoba Production

Cordoba

Cordoba LS Total

% Production Change

1981

12,978

7,315 20,293

-56.27%

1982 11,762 3,136 14,898 -26.59%
1983 13,471 N/A 13,471 -9.58%

                            

Specifications Year Cordoba Cordoba LS
Length (inches) 81 210.1 209.5
82 210.1 209.6
83 210.1 N/A
Width (inches)
72.7
Height (inches) 81 53.3
82, 83 53.2
Curb Weight 81 3,446 3,389
82 3,460 3,404
83 3,467 N/A
Wheelbase (inches)   112.7
Fuel Capacity (gallons)   18