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Car Spotter Plymouth Twofer: Belvedere and Horizon

1967 Plymouth


by Tom Buss

I saw this 1967 Plymouth Belvedere 4 door sedan in Dover, NJ in the summer of 2012.  It had regular license plates, so I think it was driven regularly. 


It looked rust free and the chrome was nice, so it might have been hidden away for a few decades.  The exterior was a light crème.  The interior was tan.  It had dual exhaust, so I assumed there’s a V-8 lurking under the hood.


Plymouth Horizon

I saw this Plymouth Horizon in May of 2010.  I was videotaping a Saturday afternoon wedding at a Catholic church near Woodbridge, NJ; as the wedding crowd was leaving, the five o’clock mass crowd was coming in.  I saw this lady drive into the parking lot and couldn’t believe my eyes. 


The third brake light places it somewhere between 1985 and the Horizon’s final year, 1990.  It had a grey exterior and high-trim red velour interior.  The Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni became available in 1978 and continued with only some engine and suspension changes until their final year.  Even though I’m not usually excited about a four-cylinder front wheel drive hatchback, Chrysler built many of these and we all knew someone who owned one.  Besides, I needed to tell you about the little old lady who drove this car to church, on Saturday….

red seats

This woman’s late husband purchased the car new.  Since the couple was retired, this Horizon wasn’t used much and looks almost brand new.  The lady told me that her husband had a small Pontiac at the same time he used this Horizon.  She said the Horizon was higher quality and had better performance than the Pontiac.


This story originally ran in the National Chrysler Products Club Journal.

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