Me And My Arrow: 1979 Plymouth Arrow – SOLD!

Dec 2019 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

September 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting GuysWithRides.com.  This Plymouth Arrow we first featured in December 2019 has since sold.

In the 1970s Chrysler leveraged their relationship with Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi to import several subcompacts to compete with Honda, Toyota, and Datsun.  One such car was the Plymouth Arrow hatchback such as the one featured December 2019 on Craigslist in Worcester, Massachusetts where the second owner is currently asking $5,800 for his car.  The NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range as $550, $1,100, and $1,525, respectively so the current caretaker is banking the rarity of this Arrow will get someone to pay a $4,000 premium.  We will keep an eye out on this one to see where it lands.

Chrysler elected to import the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste as the Plymouth Arrow from 1976 through 1980.  The Celeste was originally available with either 1.4- or 1.6-litre options, while later a bigger 2.0-litre silent shaft model replaced those. Because of the Arrow’s long, narrow, aerodynamic, lightweight design and rugged suspension, it was used extensively in various types of racing including SCCA road racing, rally, and drag racing. The Arrow body design was used on both Pro Stock and Funny Cars in the late 1970s   by noteworthy racers such as Ray Godman, Don Prudhomme, Bob Glidden, and Raymond Beadle.

Full disclosure:  I owned a ’76 Plymouth Arrow in the same color combination as this example.  Purchased for $1,600 with only 36K original miles at the time, I proceeded to add another 80k miles over the next two and-a-half years commuting to Community College.  The only bad thing about these cars was that despite how reliable and easy to maintain the powertrain was, the body rusted out around it when exposed to even a small amount of road salt.  Given the popularity for their racing uses mentioned above, examples that didn’t become victim to rust often met their fate on a race track.  Consequently, unmolested examples such as the Arrow presented here is a very rare site.  While not very powerful, Arrows are a nice handling and comfortable hatchback that returned 37 miles per gallon all day long.   Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“Super clean car, auto I have factory wheels also on the second owner this car is unmolested and very rare.

Do you have a Plymouth Arrow story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

4 Comments

  1. DON SMITH

    Is this car still available? I used to own one in 1976,

    LMK, Don

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Don, Thank you for visiting GuysWithRides.com. Apologies for the confusion, but that Arrow sold earlier this year. I used to own a ’76 GT model that I wish I still had!

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  2. Sean P BARTON

    My first Car was a ’79 Arrow. I was just at my first duty station (Ft Sill, OK), and man, I LOVED that car.
    I once locked myself out and was about to break a window to get in when a stranger pulled up next to me in an identical car and offered to try his keys; amazingly, my car opened right up, lol. That was the only other Arrow I’d ever even seen…what were the odds?!

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    • Guys with Rides

      Sean,

      Great story – thank you for sharing! My second car was a ’76 Bronze Metallic Arrow GT. I love that car, but unfortunately it rusted from the inside out and I ended up selling it with over 100K miles on it.

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