ⓘ Chrysler M platform. The M-Bodies were Chrysler Corporations successor to the F-body AspenVolare. The platform, almost identical to the F-body, was introduced i ..


ⓘ Chrysler M platform

The M-Bodies were Chrysler Corporations successor to the F-body Aspen/Volare. The platform, almost identical to the F-body, was introduced in 1977, and it was the basis for some mid-sized Chrysler models until its demise in 1989. The M-body was also the successor to the short-lived R-body, as the Chrysler New Yorker and Plymouth Gran Fury moved to it following the R-bodys demise in 1981. The M platform was the final production passenger car with a solid rear axle mounted on Hotchkiss-style, parallel semi-elliptical leaf springs sold in the U.S.

The M-cars were built at St. Louis, Missouri and Newark, Delaware with initial debut LeBaron/Diplomat series in spring 1977 as late 1977 models, with some 1977-83 production also at Windsor, Ontario. Beginning in late 1986 1987 models and through the last 1989 year ending in December 1988, the American Motors plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin was also used for production.

By 1983-84, it became clear that most private buyers preferred the equally roomy but cheaper and more fuel-efficient K-cars; however, the Ms long-proven traditional engineering, handling, and V8 engine availability appealed to police and taxi fleets, allowing the cars continued existence until the end of the decade. In 1989 the Chrysler M-bodies received a standard drivers side air bag. After the M-bodies were discontinued in 1989 Chrysler Corporation wouldnt build a rear wheel drive car outside of trucks and specialty models until LX based cars.

Vehicles on this platform include:

  • 1978-1981 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon
  • 1980-1981 Dodge Dart Mexico
  • 1977-1989 Dodge Diplomat
  • 1984-1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue
  • 1979-1980 Monteverdi sierra Convertible
  • 1978-1982 Plymouth Caravelle Canada
  • 1978-1979 Dodge Coronet South America
  • 1981-1982 Dodge Magnum 5.9L Mexico
  • 1982 Chrysler New Yorker
  • 1983 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue
  • 1983-1989 Plymouth Caravelle Salon Canada
  • 1982-1989 Plymouth Gran Fury
  • 1977-1981 Chrysler LeBaron

There were three body styles offered:

  • 2-door coupe - 1977-1981
  • 4-door station wagon - 1978-1981
  • 4-door sedan - 1977-1989

There were two wheelbases used:

  • 108.7 in - 1980-1981 2-door models
  • 112.7 in - 1977-1979 2-door models and 1977-1989 4-door models

Engines used with this platform include:

  • 225 Slant 6 1977-1983
  • 318 V8 1977-1989
  • 360 V8 1977-1979
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