ⓘ Chrysler B platform. The B platform or B-body was the name of Chryslers midsize rear-wheel drive passenger car platform from 1962 through 1979, and the name of ..

                                     

ⓘ Chrysler B platform

The B platform or B-body was the name of Chryslers midsize rear-wheel drive passenger car platform from 1962 through 1979, and the name of a later, unrelated front-wheel drive platform used by the Eagle Premier / Dodge Monaco from 1988 through 1992.

The 1962-1979 platform underwent significant changes during its lifetime, but all of Chryslers B-platform cars in a given model year shared the same chassis, with only styling differences between the Dodge and Plymouth models. The cars were otherwise mechanically identical. Similarly, the 1988-1992 Premier and Monaco models differed only by styling and shared the same front-wheel drive B-body platform.

The Plymouth B-body series ultimately comprised four cars with nearly identical outward appearances differing only in trim package, drive train and accessories. These were the Belvedere, Satellite, GTX and Road Runner. The Superbird was a Road Runner with an extended nose cone covering the standard front grille, and a high-mounted rear wing. The Superbirds unique styling was a result of homologation requirements for using the same aerodynamic nose and rear wing when racing the car in the NASCAR series of the time.

There was more diversity in the outward appearance of the Dodge B-body series. The Dodge models based on the B-body were the Coronet, Super Bee and the Charger. The Charger Daytona was a Charger with an extended nose and high-mounted rear wing, offered for the same reasons as the Superbird.

                                     

1. 1962–1979

Cars using the rear-wheel-drive B platform include:

  • 1962–1964 Plymouth Fury
  • 1962–1964 Plymouth Savoy
  • 1967–1971 Plymouth GTX
  • 1962–1964 Dodge Polara
  • 1979 Chrysler 300
  • 1965–1976 Dodge Coronet
  • 1975–1978 Plymouth Fury
  • 1962–1970 Plymouth Belvedere
  • 1975–1979 Chrysler Cordoba
  • 1963–1964 Dodge 440
  • 1963–1964 Dodge 330
  • 1962 Dodge Dart
  • 1978–1979 Dodge Magnum
  • 1968–1975 Plymouth Road Runner
  • 1963–1964 Dodge 220 Canadian
  • 1977–1978 Dodge Monaco
  • 1965–1974 Plymouth Satellite
  • 1966–1978 Dodge Charger

Five different wheelbases were available:

  • 1962–1966 Plymouth wagons
  • 1962–1970 Plymouths except wagons
  • 1963–1964 Dodge 220/330/440
  • 116 in
  • 1962–1964 Dodge Polara
  • 1962 Dodge Dart
  • 1975–1979 Chrysler Cordoba
  • 1971–1979 2-door models
  • 115 in
  • 1967–1974 Plymouth wagons
  • 1965–1970 Dodges
  • 117 in
  • 1971–1974 Plymouth 4 doors
  • 117.5 in
  • 1975–1978 Plymouth and Dodge 4 doors and wagons
  • 118 in
  • 1971–1974 Dodge
                                     

2. 1988–1992

From 1988 to 1992, the B-body name was used again for the midsize front-wheel-drive Eagle Premier sedan, which was originally designed by and was slated to be built by American Motors with Renault until Chryslers buyout of that company in March 1987. The Premier was later joined by the similar Dodge Monaco for 1990.

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