No Corinthian Leather Here: 65k-Mile 1980 Chrysler Cordoba LS

  • February 17, 2021
The Rundown
  • Final Generation Example
  • 65k Original Miles
  • Sporty ‘LS’ Trim Level
  • Optional 318ci V8 engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Crisp Styling
Why We Like It

Introduced for 1975, the B-Body Cordoba was Chrysler’s smallest model up to that time, and it gave the marque a personal luxury car that took the North American automobile market by storm. Sales were strong throughout some of the worst Energy Crisis years of the late 1970s…until 1979. A slight downsizing came for 1980, with Cordoba now sharing its basic platform with the 1977-‘79 LeBaron coupe. Three trim levels were offered for the 1980 Cordoba, from Base to Crown and top-of-the-line LS models. Chrysler’s venerable ‘Slant Six’ was now the base Cordoba engine and the robust 318ci V8 was now optional. Production was in conjunction with the similar Dodge Mirada and would continue through 1983, a year when Chrysler’s model lines were almost entirely front-wheel drive with 4-cylinder power.

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Equipped with a rear spoiler, bodyside stripes, spoked factory allow wheels, and side-exhaust outlets reminiscent of the 1970 ‘Cuda AAR and Challenger T/A, this 1980 Chrysler Cordoba LS features the optional 318ci V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor Edelbrock intake, and K&N air cleaner breathing out through a dual exhaust system with great-sounding Flowmaster mufflers and just 65k miles. According to the seller, it’s a NASCAR dealer promotional vehicle – possibly one at the local level or offered by a a regional dealers’ association. Other desirable features include bucket seats, rear defroster, A/C, and factory alloy wheels mounting Cooper Cobra 3Elsx1K9HSp 0CI0t2 1200x900

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Valuation Verdict

These second-gen Cordoba’s are rather rare today and they look good with their crisp, angular styling motif. Sadly, Chrysler and the rest of America’s automakers had not yet learned how to generate decent horsepower, fuel economy, and low emissions from V8 engines, so acceleration is leisurely at best, albeit enhanced by the select bolt-ons this car has received. Yes, it’s sort of rare, and let’s face it, the styling is classic ‘80s. Is it worth the asking price? There are a handful of other examples in similar condition advertised online for around the seller’s asking price, leading us to declare this one $10k All Day.

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