1985 Dodge 600 Convertible
The 600 was intended to be Dodge's answer to the European sedans of
the day. Its numerical name and rear-end styling was designed to
evoke thoughts of Mercedes-Benz models, however it fell more in
line with North American contemporaries such as the Chevrolet
Celebrity, Pontiac 6000 and the Ford Fairmont, (the 600 actually
resembled the Dodge Mirada more than any European car). It debuted
as a four-door sedan, available in two trims: Base and ES ("Euro
Sport"). Power was provided by Chrysler's 2.2 L 4-cylinder engine,
with the Mitsubishi-built 2.6 L 4-cylinder available as an
For consignment, a 1985 version of the Dodge 600 two door
convertible. It is in Red Garnet Pearl and has a white vinyl
interior with a white canvas top. A Mitsubishi 4 cylinder "Astron"
engine and an automatic transmission power this K car and there are
a few areas that need some TLC, ( rust spot in the trunk, scratches
in paint, weather stripping in need of replacement, and upholstery
tears in the seams), that could be addressed to take the car to the
next level. The car needs a once over mechanically just to be
assured of exact condition as to exact condition which it has not
been on the road since 2019.
It's the mid 1980's and square and rectangle design is ubiquitous
with cars of this era, and this car leaves us with no exception.
Dual square headlights and a V horizontal ribbed grille with a
shape matching crash bumper below lead the way. Some chrome
trimmings are surrounding the wheel wells, windows and rockers, as
well as a thin strip through the bumpers. Paint is chipping off the
neoprene, it has scratches in the bumpers, and is showing some chip
off on the side panels. On the door bottoms there is some slight
invasive rust showing. The canvas top has a few cracks with its
confines mainly at the edges, where stitched piping is coming loose
from the canvas material of the actual top. The rear window is
plastic and is clear. Gaps are good, and rear tail lighting is back
to the square and rectangle motif wrapping slightly around the
edges. Wheels with 14-inch wire wheel coverings are wrapped by
185/70R14's on all 4 corners.
A swing of the mid 80's long doors, ( you must ask yourself why are
those doors so long anyway!?), reveals some smooth white vinyl with
a bit of tuck and roll inserts, a vinyl stitched door pull and a
red carpeting strip below on the lowers. Bucket seats also in white
vinyl have tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters with smooth
white vinyl headrests. The driver's seat is shown coming apart at
the seams of the tuck and roll inserts. A back bench in the same
pattern and covering vinyl is in good condition. Red carpeting
floods the floors and on the hump some fading of said red is noted.
In front a square and rectangle dash in deep red has some wood burl
applique and brushed aluminum trimmings for the instrument gauges
and other surrounds. A plastic console houses the automatic shifter
and a few additional convenience toggles for the windows and power
top. A white padded armrest is in the center of the buckets and
folds up and down. All surfaces are clean although show some use
and wear for the mileage of this vehicle.
Under the hood in an unrestored engine bay that shows some surface
rust, plenty of patina and lots of dirt and dust, resides a 2.6
liter Mitsubishi 4 cylinder engine. It sports a 2 barrel carburetor
and a Torqueflite 3 speed automatic transmission. A 3.02 axle turns
the front tires. I'll mention that Carter does have more liver
pills, however this engine has nearly as many emission controls,
tubes and wires throughout. Thanks to our ambitious government and
their emission standards..RIIIIIGHT!
Plenty of aged patina, and some surface rust cover all the
undercarriage surfaces. Heavy surface rust is on springs, gas tank
and brake housings as well as suspension parts. Speaking of which
includes independent Macpherson struts for the front, and coil
springs for the back. Power disc braking is on front, and power
drums are on the back.
It fired right up and on the test track it behaved as it should,
like a mid 1980's K car bogged down by emission controls and
performance killers galore but it still runs well. Brakes are good
and bias free on the panic stop test, however the brake lights did
not illuminate. The AC blows warm, and the rear power windows are
very slow. The top moves up and down smoothly.
This car can be seen in CAM's dancing air noodle section of the
mall, and presents overall fair in condition. It will need some
optional TLC if you want it to look great, but is a driver right
out of the box, ( or at least our Hallowed Halls). It is known in
automotive history for ushering in the Minivan, and the convertible
concept sold like hotcakes in the mid 80's with these K cars.
Thanks Mr. Iacocca, Henry was wrong about you and you proved it to
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