4. Dodge Lancer
Dodge used the name, “Lancer,” just three times. The first time was in the 50’s when they presented it as a full-size model. Then in the 60’s, they offered it as a compact, basing it on Chrysler’s A platform that Lancer shared with the Plymouth Valiant. The third time was in the 80’s as a front-wheel drive economy model.
But for car fans, the Lancer from the 60’s is the most interesting. Not only was this the first truly compact Dodge, but it also featured a wild design. Dodge built the 1961 to 1962 Lancer in America, as well as in other countries including Switzerland. It was a rare occurrence to build an American car in Europe and then sell it locally.
The Lancer was available as a two and four-door sedan as well as a wagon. Dodge offered two six cylinders in the Lancer. For selected markets, they produced the Lancer in a right-hand drive configuration. After 1962, Dodge retired the Lancer name and re-introduced the Dart as their entry-level, economy model.