Comments - Rebadged Disasters: Plymouth Cricket

Published: Nov 13, 2012
Description: Small American cars in the early Seventies were a special kind of terrible. In those days just before the gas crisis necessitated that carmakers take small cars more seriously, a number of cars were p...
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Jimmy Williams Nov 13, 2012
Haha gotcha David, great point. Never made a distinction with post 70's Plymouth, which obviously killed it.
Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
Haha did they really market the cricket with a psychedelic mushroom in the ad?
David Parenti Nov 13, 2012
Dodge may not do the MOST rebadges. But when Oldsmobile re-badged a blazer and called it the "bravada". At least they changed the front end so you can tell them apart. Dodge don't give a darn. Slap "Plymouth" on the same exact car!
David Parenti Nov 13, 2012
When I say dodge is the biggest offender,I mean for example: the neon. Ever seen a Plymouth neon? If you remove the badges there is nothing to distinguish it from a dodge neon. No leather interior or even different hubcaps.
Kyle Rawn Nov 13, 2012
Sorry again. Don't know what the heck I was thinking. Seriously. Wow
Jimmy Williams Nov 13, 2012
Couldn't disagree more David, GM has always been and still continues to be the rebadging king. Six brands that eventually had a form of the Trailblazer...among other examples.
Kyle Rawn Nov 13, 2012
Crap sorry. They weren't true rebadges. Disregard my statement and feel free to call me an idiot.
William Downs Nov 13, 2012
Kyle what are u talking about, the Tiburon was 100% developed and built by Hyundai... wasn't a rebadge
Jordan Jackson Nov 13, 2012
And before anyone asks that was in reference to the add they have up as the cover pic
Jordan Jackson Nov 13, 2012
When your car is making a chirping sound that usually means it needs a belt, lol
Kyle Rawn Nov 13, 2012
I can see the Mercury Cougar and Hyundai Tiburon as next, off of the Celica. Granted the Celica didn't sell that well anyway but still.
Kardaris Giorgos Nov 13, 2012
Ultimate
David Parenti Nov 13, 2012
IN my opinion, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler; Biggest offenders of rebadging.
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
During its lifetime the Avenger was badged as a Hillman, Chrysler, Plymouth and finally a Talbot.
Colby Church Nov 13, 2012
Lol Alex, you should probably go ask your dad why he let you do that in the first place. Haha.
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
This was all while my dad was driving. That is a testament to both how large these things were, and the lax seatbelt/carseat laws of the time.
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
Anyhow, these 4 rides were virtually identical. On an unrelated note, I remember as a kid moving from lying on the dash, to jumping on the front bench, hopping over to the middle bench, and then ending up lying down on the rear facing bench-for-2.
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
My old man has a couple of them. The first was a Buick Elecktra wagon and its successor was a Chevy Caprice wagon. Pontiac had the Parisienne, and I forget the name of Old's offering.
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
Now that this series of articles has taken a turn down Old School alley, do you guys remember GM's full size sedan/wagons from the late 70s/early 80s?
Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
The van is cooler
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
Bleh!
Shaniqua Latisha Nov 13, 2012
An underated classic in my opinion
Drew Humphrey Nov 13, 2012
I don't think it looks half bad.
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
Here's a fact. The Avenger was so bad that it was recommended by the dealer that the buyer should not fit an aftermarket sunroof due to the weakness of the roof structure.
Colby Church Nov 13, 2012
They could've closed the hood before the took these "glamour shots". Ha. Sorry, things like are just too noticeable to me.
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
Lou, those 2 attributes shout early model Japanese cars, in particular, Datsun S30s and PL510s from the 60s and early 70s (where applicable). I plan to run 15" Konig Rewind wheels on my 510 because they are period correct classics.
Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
Fender mirror and mini lites?!
Phil Johnson Nov 13, 2012
Actually kinda cool. I would totally drive that!
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
@Greg... This is true American Muscle... LOL!
Greg Lewis Nov 13, 2012
Every civic owner, eat your heart out!
John Atnip Nov 13, 2012
Hahaha.
Quinn Conner Nov 13, 2012
I have the same marble countertop in my kitchen as the spoiler. Sweet!
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
The Avenger Tiger was very rare.
Stephen Cobbs Nov 13, 2012
Its been proven that racing stripes add horsepower.
Description: This was the car which made the Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega look good by comparison. American carmakers had all but conceded the small car market to imports like the Volkswagen Beetle during the Sixties...
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Shelby Cassandra Nov 13, 2012
I thought the vega and pinto looked good anyways. Pinto was cool, it just had problems. Big problems.
Description: Ford would respond with the Pinto, a car which is more than forty years old but still famous for bursting into flames at the slightest provocation. So Plymouth had an idea which actually had a certain...
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Adam Thomson Dec 27, 2012
Actually its not that bad if u put a HEMI V8 in it.
Cody Joe Pew Nov 14, 2012
@lou maybe drop a hemi in there... Sleeper anyone
Bobby Bob Nov 13, 2012
Hahahhaha "optimistic engine bay" hahhahahahhhah I'm still laughing at that. So true. Hahahhahha
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
I used to see these all the time when I lived in London, England.
Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
Optimistic engine bay lol There's an engine in there?
wayner Nov 13, 2012
Looks like a 69/70 Pontiac Grand Prix to me
Jay Kolvenbag Nov 13, 2012
Whats the red car at the left?
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
My dad had a Hillman Minx in this colour, known as Oasis Green.
Skylar Drake Nov 14, 2012
That a hemi??!!!
Bill Estep Jr Nov 14, 2012
I like that enormous spot light :)
Jason Bartlett Nov 13, 2012
Yeeeeeeeeee!haaaaaaaaa!
Matthew Crighton Nov 13, 2012
He meant to do that.
Jommel Marcella Nov 13, 2012
It looks like its going to land on its roof.
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
Isn't that a Colt Lancer?
John Atnip Nov 13, 2012
Front axle gone in 3...2...1....
Jordan Jackson Nov 13, 2012
It probably ended in tears
Dylan Bruder Nov 13, 2012
Wonder how happy of an ending this was
Description: So Chrysler decided to rebadge the Hillman Avenger model for the American market, but only after first giving it a much, much worse name. Thus was born the Plymouth Cricket, a car so terrible that you...
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Aaron Crisp Nov 14, 2012
Yeah Clay that's me! I saw you commented on something, and I had just gotten off CarBuzz so I was like oh no shit?? Saw it was the same guy haha small world, especially since that page is so small!
Clay Williams Nov 13, 2012
Is it just me or is top gear literally the best show ever? @Aaron- are you and admin of the Mopar Man Facebook page?
Aaron Crisp Nov 13, 2012
Oh my god, now I'm reading this in his voice lol
Jimmy Bartolotta Nov 13, 2012
No I do too. But it's probably because Top Gear has had an episode on horrible cars lol
John Atnip Nov 13, 2012
Am I the only one who hears Jeremy Clarkson's voice while reading this?
Description: Hardly difficult to see how Japanese brands gained a foothold in the American market at the time. The name Cricket was chosen for the American version of the car because it was decided that Americans ...
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Quinn Conner Nov 13, 2012
That isn't how the author meant that sentence. He meant it like..."cricket was chosen because an aggressive name would have been absurd and an insult"
Dylan Bruder Nov 13, 2012
Yeah when I think of aggression I think of crickets
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
@Nick: I was being sarcastic...lol!
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
Dashboards (and indeed cars in general), were so very simple back then. Much like the engine shown on the next picture.
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
Where's the SAT/NAV?
Jason Bartlett Nov 13, 2012
Looks like a four cylinder to me Greg
Alex Renaud Nov 13, 2012
Nice headers.
Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
Looks like a fire waiting to happen in top left.
Phil Johnson Nov 13, 2012
EFI was pretty high tec for 1971. Even if it was on a 1.5 liter.
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
EFI : Every F'ing Insult
Greg Lewis Nov 13, 2012
.5 cyl of excitement!
Description: The British version was available with either a 1250cc or 1500cc engine, but the 1500cc mill was the only one available in the US, as Chrysler knew Americans wouldn't care for the smaller engine....
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Greg Lewis Nov 13, 2012
60-0 stopping? Or did it not have brakes, just a metal anchor the passenger tossed out to stop?
Description: As such, cars designed for the UK market were intentionally made not to take advantage of anything new. The car was such a disaster that shortly after the Cricket debacle, Chrysler sold off much of Ch...
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Joel Haberli Nov 13, 2012
I'm hoping CarBuzz will do an article on the Plymouth Champ. I had an '81 with the dual shifter and it was a great car. Light, relatively fast, and nimble.
Description: It's easy to laugh at Chrysler's perceived incompetence when it comes to the Cricket, but the car genuinely didn't seem like quite such a terrible idea at the time. The car was actually...
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Lou Guerrero Nov 13, 2012
The back seat ain't big enough, lady!
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
Sexy lines... Curves... Whatever!
Greg Lewis Nov 13, 2012
Back door is dinged.
Carlton Salmon Nov 13, 2012
I'm digging that, Brandon.
Brandon Bairian Nov 13, 2012
That, my friend, is a great pic
Luis Daniel Angilello Nov 13, 2012
Sickest rims ever!!