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  • The original Plymouth Duster is a semi-fastback two-door coupe version of the compact-sized The Duster coupe provided the compact-sized Plymouth Valiant with a sporty body style to attract customers. The car was a $15 million . Jump up ^ " Plymouth Duster and Dodge Demon cars". Allpar. Retrieved.

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    Different layout and execution, sure. From to , actress Judy Strangis was a TV pitchwoman for the Plymouth Duster in the role of "Mean Mary Jean," wearing a football jersey and short denim hot-pants. Back in , the company had planned an all-out makeover for the model year. Getting scarce though, especially here in the Rust Belt. The Plymouth Road Runner had proven that characters could sell, so the company approached Warner Brothers with the idea of using the Tasmanian Devil.

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    Cars by name Trucks and Jeeps. Four years after the first Valiant , Plymouth unveiled a sporty fastback version, the Barracuda. Gene Weiss, the Plymouth compact car product planner, worked with Plymouth stylists notably Neil Walling and Milt Antonick to create a new car on the budget of a styling refresh. How could they make a sporty compact on the budget meant for a quick facelift?

    Milt, in turn, called upon Neil Walling, a junior stylist who had been working on the full sized Plymouth, to make some sketches. Neil Walling dropped everything else, and within days had the sloped rear, wide rear fenders, and metal crease lines that fit perfectly with the Valiant.

    First, I want to praise the writer of the Duster story, as obviously much research went into it, and it is very factual. I was working in the Plymouth Studio during the design of the Duster. Gerry Thorley was manager of the studio, and, I believe, Irving Ritchie was assistant. Ritchie had had the original idea of making a fastback sporty car on the Valiant body —the first Barracuda.

    John Herlitz had recently joined the studio after a summer in GM Styling. Herlitz had seen the GTO designs with an integration of the roof C-pillar with the rear quarter panel.

    He sketched similar themes, and his design became the Barracuda SX — a concept car. Most of us designers liked the idea of integrating the roof with the body, instead of sitting it on top, as had been the custom. I was working on another project when Thorley called me over to the full size clay of the Valiant that was being modified into the Duster.

    Antonick and Walling had already made the smaller roof with more curve in the side glass, and wanted to integrate the roof into the new rear quarter panel. The Valiant door had a character line coming off the front fender that made the door thicker at the belt, and difficult to make the C-pillar continuous with the quarter panel.

    Thorley asked me if I had any ideas how to accomplish this. After some study, I drew lines on the clay that curved the door shape upward and forward into the roof, and carried the lower character line into the quarter panel, making it rise and suggest a big rear wheel.

    This design was approved and went into production. The Duster was a great little car for the money, for utility, as well as performance. Other flaws cropped up later; for example, the tail lights, which had no bezels, attracted rust, while the rear panel caused a high lift-over to the trunk. The flat deck lids had no handles for closing, and slamming them by the lip resulted in creases or small dents. Plymouth rushed a redesigned lid into production, with a strengthening vertical rail down the center, early in the model year.

    The Plymouth Road Runner had proven that characters could sell, so the company approached Warner Brothers with the idea of using the Tasmanian Devil. Warner Brothers turned them down or asked too high a price, so designers created their own character, a swirl similar to the Tasmanian Devil in flight. Meanwhile, Milt Antonick was considering the ci V-8 , one of the best performance V8s ever built by Chrysler; rated at horsepower, some say it had an easy With the , the Duster could easily beat the Nova and its Ford equivalent, and even go after some of the big-block cars.

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