The second oil crisis reminded Big Three that there are still thousands of ...
The second oil crisis reminded Big Three that there are still thousands of Americans out there looking for no-nonsense commuter vehicles that are cheap to buy and even cheaper to run.
Since the Japanese imports certainly offered superior fuel economy, and Chrysler decided to fight them by offering almost 15 feet of the aerodynamic perfection with the 99-inch wheelbase, not much rear headroom, and plenty of cargo space.
While in Europe, a TC3 badge on the car could have meant a twin-cam engine and the promise of the threesome, in Chrysler’s dictionary, it translated to the sportier, three-door version of a Simca-based Horizon four-door.
While the TC3 was available with Chrysler’s 2.2 by 1982, a Miser version made due with the 1.7 from the VW Rabbit. While that and the car’s 2300 lb. weight added up to the quarter mile time of 20 seconds, it also gave the TC3 Miser the EPA fuel economy rating of 34mpg in the city and 51mpg on the highway.
In the rear world, this package of no chrome, and no air-conditioning but plenty of warning lights could deliver 40 miles to the gallon.
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