Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Horizon

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1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673200″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/00-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>After the Oil Crisis of 1973, Chrysler didn’t have the resources needed to design and build a subcompact economy car from scratch. Fortunately, Chrysler’s Japanese ally, Mitsubishi, was willing to ship over plenty of cars to be sold as Dodge and Plymouth Colts (we will not discuss the wretched Plymouth Cricket aka Hillman Avenger at this time). The Colt didn’t get front-wheel-drive until 1979, though, so Chrysler USA turned to Chrysler Europe for the Simca-designed Horizon platform and began selling Dodge Omnis and Plymouth Horizons in 1978.

Here’s an early Horizon in a Denver self-service yard.

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1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, Dodge Omni hood badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673214″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, Dodge Omni hood badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/22-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The generic term for these cars is Omnirizon, since the versions were nearly identical, and this car lives up to that name by sporting badging from both types. The hatch and hood came from an Omni, while the rest is Horizon.

<img data-attachment-id="1673202" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, spare parts" data-image-description="

1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, spare parts – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673202″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, spare parts – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/04-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>This car shows all the signs of having been owned by a serious single-interest Omnirizon collector. In addition to the mix-and-match body parts, it has a cargo area packed with spare parts. They were still there when I saw the car two months later, so it appears there’s little demand for Omnirizon parts in Denver these days.

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1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, engine – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673210″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, engine – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/13-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The Omnirizon stayed in production in more or less the same form for an eternity in car terms: the 1978 through 1990 model years. Three completely unrelated straight-four engine families were used over that time: the Simca 1.6-liter, the Volkswagen 1.7-liter, and the Chrysler 2.2-liter. This car has the Volkswagen 1.7, which was rated at 68 horsepower in 1980 (of course, given that this car shows signs of extensive parts swapping, we might be looking at a slightly more powerful version of the 1.7 here).

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1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, stripes – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673218″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1980 Plymouth Horizon in Colorado wrecking yard, stripes – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/26-1980-Plymouth-Horizon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Plymouth called this the “Sport Stripe” option package.

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