In 1980, Dodge released
the concept for what would eventually become the all new Dodge
Mirada. Built by Creative Industries Inc in Detroit,
Michigan, it was
dubbed the Mirada Magnum. The concept looked very
similar to the production Mirada, with the same
European coupe styling, although there are
some notable differences.
These differences included: no opera windows behind
the doors, headlight covers (similar to the 78-79
Magnum), horizontal front fender vents instead of
vertical, unique blacked out wheels on Pirelli
all black interior, and an oversized horn,
apparently used to draw crowds to the car during its
1980 introduction. The powertrain included a V8
engine, most likely a 318, and an automatic transmission.
Although the current owner could not confirm the
engine, apparently, the fact that this concept
includes power seats gives us the evidence that the
engine is a 318 V8. The catalytic converter on the
dual exhaust cars took up the space needed for the
power seat motor. Since the 318 was never available
with dual exhaust in the Mirada, this seems to
confirm the engine in this concept car. All in all, an extremely sexy concept.
Most of the time,
concept cars are destroyed by the manufacturer
after they are finished using them on the show
circuit. Miraculously, this Mirada Magnum concept
survives to this day. The car was originally scheduled to be
destroyed, however, some sympathetic employees in Chrysler purchasing allowed the
original buyer to pick it up, via the "back door",
the day before it was to be crushed. Painted in silver
with thick clear coat, it only had 118 miles as of
February, 2006, when it appeared for sale on E-Bay.
The auction ended in March, 2006 with a top bid of
$15,000, which did not meet the reserve price.