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- Photographed at the Adelaide Heritage Run, Keswick, South Australia in October 2018

1960 Dodge Phoenix Sedan

The Dodge Phoenix was introduced in 1960 as an Australian assembled version of the American Dodge Dart, positioned above the locally developed Chrysler Royal as Chrysler Australia’s luxury model.

It borrowed its name from the top Dart, the Dodge Dart Phoenix, but unlike its American namesake it was available only as a four-door sedan with a 318 cubic inch V8 engine.

In 1967 a Hardtop was added to the range, with the larger 383ci V8.

Small numbers of the slightly longer U.S. station wagon were sold for duty as hearses. Eventually, these were modified with two doors and oversized rear quarter windows, in the British hearse tradition. [I wouldn't mind one of those!]

Production stopped in 1972.

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