This original owner, 123K mile, Black over Tan Leather 1979 Chrysler Cordoba posted just in time for Malaise Monday here on Craigslist in Valley Stream (Long Island) New York where the private seller is currently asking $5,500. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool currently does not provide estimates for these cars and the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range at only $675, $1,225, and “$2,125, respectively, so we’re comfortable saying the original owner is expecting too much for his Cordoba currently.
By the mid-seventies, personal luxury two-door coupes dominated the driveways and highways of suburban America. Hoping to cash in on the trend, Chrysler introduced the Cordoba in 1975 to compete with the Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Regal, and Ford Thunderbird. The first generation Cordoba produced from 1975-1979 was a bright spot for Chrysler, with over 150,000 examples sold in its first year and solid sales following the production run. Unfortunately, by 1979 Chrysler was fighting for survival as the Cordoba and most of its other offerings were large gas guzzlers that consumers were starting to shy away from from. What made matters worse for the Cordoba by 1979 were both internal and external factors. Externally, a mid-cycle refresh of the Cordoba made the car look heavier and somewhat tacky just as GM and Ford introduced downsized versions of their personal luxury coupes. Internally, the introduction of the smaller LeBaron in mid-1977 offered similar personal-luxury styling and options cannibalized sales from the aging Cordoba.
Unfortunately, the seller’s description of the car is very brief other than to say the car has been garage kept by the original owner and retains its a original paint. Given that the car currently appears to be unregistered, we get the feeling the private seller has either purchased the car from the original owner or is selling it on their behalf. A phone call interview with the seller spell out all of the details as well as how much of the service history is available dating back to new. The seller reports this Cordoba “has many new parts including four new tires.” Unfortunately, as great as the exterior looks, the light tan Corinthian leather in this Cordoba can no longer be described as “Rich” and really lets this car down. We also note a tear in the center console cover and the aftermarket steering wrap is likely hiding a well-worn steering wheel. One cool item is the under dash mounted CB Radio.
Its unclear from the lone picture and description which engine this Cordoba came equipped with, so that’s another question for the seller. If you’re looking a Malaise-era personal luxury coupe and are willing to spend time and money restoring the interior, then if everything checks out with the seller and an in-person inspection this could be a great example to cruise in. Good luck with the purchase!