1972 Plymouth Cricket

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    Remember the Plymouth Cricket? It was Plymouth's small car from 1971 to 1973. This was a British Hillman Avenger with unique badging to make it a Plymouth. Hillman was made by the Rootes Group, which Chrysler owned at the time.

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    1. tekcran 49 months ago | reply

      I remember these horrible little cars.

    2. aldenjewell 49 months ago | reply

      Buying Rootes, and importing their cars to the U.S., were not among the smartest moves Chrysler ever made.

    3. Hugo90 49 months ago | reply

      I had a '72 Cricket. Fun to drive, but the transmission leaked and it was rusting before my eyes. Sold it for $10 about 1979, too rusty to be safe.

    4. vauxnut 49 months ago | reply

      Unfortunately, Chrysler was a Johnny come lately to globalising itself and had little option to buy both Rootes and Simca as no other manufacturers were available at the time.

      Rootes was actually quite export focused and maintained a good back up organisation, even in the USA. However, because of Chrysler's influence, the stolid and conservative Hunter and Avenger were developed as belated answers to rivals like the Ford Cortina and Escort and Vauxhall Viva.

      Sadly, these were not sufficiently updated or replaced in the 1970s (again owing to Chrysler's dire finances at the time), which ultimately led to Peugeot buying up Chrysler's European operations.

    5. Sinclair Z. 49 months ago | reply

      Love the green colour. I can remember when the UK had a car industry... just. Looks like they were ahead of the time with the... uh... big boned models :)

    6. aldenjewell 48 months ago | reply

      Very diplomatically said. I can't imagine this family of four being very comfortable in that small car. And is the U.S. auto industry going the way of the British one? I hope not, but one can't be too sure of that.

    7. tekcran 48 months ago | reply

      That is a very Chubby family of four.
      Ahead of their time.

    8. joh3 38 months ago | reply

      A little bigger than other little cars? Pinto and Vega had bigger engines, however this did have more doors... It was an irony that the Cricket was dropped after 1973 (lack of build quality and rust resistance were major factors) - right when a fuel crisis hit, its parent Avenger model gained a 2-door version, and when the engines were uprated (and could be further had in Brazil in enlarged 1.8L form).

    9. Maura Quinn 24 months ago | reply

      I had one in lime green in 1979 ---it was pretty funky,drove pretty funky.I think it was the only Plymouth Cricket in the whole town of Santa Barbara---

    10. MadMaude53 10 months ago | reply

      I had a 72 Plymouth Cricket...it was my first car. It was soooooo sloooooow....my husband (then my boyfriend) was driving it one day. We were at a red light and a VW bus pulled up beside us. He said, "I'll make your car feel better, it will beat that thing!" The light turned green and the VW bus left us in the dust... Also, if you actually put 4 adults in it, it wouldn't make it up an incline....you had to back it up the hill.... I think my dad bought it for me because it was so slow. And yes, it did rust apart...We finally got rid of it in 1981 when the gear shift (automatic, on the floor) fell apart. My husband drove it to the junk yard. He put it in gear with a vise grip he stuck through the floor. If he had to back up, he whacked it with a hammer. We got $100 for it at the junk yard....

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