was a mid-size car
and it was manufactured from 1977
by the Chrysler Corporation
brand and practically identical to the Chrysler LeBaron
, the Plymouth Caravelle
sold in Canada
, and the Plymouth Gran Fury
. It was also sold in Mexico
as the Dodge Dart
, and in Colombia
as the Dodge Coronet
The Diplomat name was originally used from 1950
, to designate the 2-door hardtop body style in Dodge's line. It was also used on the export version of the DeSoto
from 1946 through 1961. Later between 1975
, The Diplomat name was also used on a trim package available on the Royal Monaco two-door hardtop.
saw the return of the Diplomat as a full model line rather than as the name of a particular body style. The new Diplomat was based on the Dodge Aspen
, designated the M-body
. While the Aspen had the F-body
, the M-bodies were related to it: the wheelbase was often identical and doors often interchangeable. Hence, another M-body sedan, such as the 1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue
, had interchangeable doors with the 1976
Aspen. Like the Aspen, the Diplomat had coupe and station wagon variants.
The Diplomat was offered with a base 225 in³ six-cylinder engine. In 318 in³ V8 form (and an optional 360 in³) it, and its Plymouth Gran Fury twin, were widely favored as a police car in the US. After 1984
, the only engine offered was the 318 in³ V8.
Following the demise of the Dodge St. Regis
in 1981, the Diplomat remained, becoming the largest sedan in the Dodge lineup, despite being a mid-size. Dodge would not market another full-size car until the Monaco
debuted as a 1990
, the coupe was discontinued and Canada's Plymouth version of the Diplomat came south of the border. The Plymouth Caravelle was offered in the US as the Plymouth Gran Fury
.thumb|250px|left|1980 Dodge Diplomat coupe
As the 1980s progressed, fewer private customers purchased the Diplomat (in part because of a lack of advertising and also because people favored more modern models), and the Diplomat (along with the Plymouth Gran Fury and Chrysler Fifth Avenue) was dropped in 1989
. Despite fewer consumers, the Diplomat (and Gran Fury) had another market niche - as fleet vehicles for taxicab and law enforcement use (this was the last RWD Mopar used as a police vehicle).
Diplomats built from mid-1988
until the end of production were among the first Chrysler-built products to have a driver's side airbag
as standard equipment, some two model years before the remainder of Chrysler's lineup.
The Diplomat was discontinued in 1989
, with the Dodge Monaco
replacing it as Dodge's top-of-the-line sedan for 1990
. Another successor for the Diplomat was the smaller Dynasty
(introduced in 1988).
* http://www.dippy.org Farley's Dodge Diplomat Community
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