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The boxy K-car saved Chrysler

Looking back, the Chrysler K-car range seems like the punchline of a bad joke, but vehicles based on this front-wheel-drive platform literally saved the automaker from oblivion.

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Chrysler K-Car
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Chrysler K-cars may look ridiculous today, but they saved the company. 

Chrysler K-Car
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Back in the early 1980s, there was plenty to get excited about here. 

Chrysler K-Car
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K-cars were offered in a variety of body styles, from sedans and coupes to convertibles and more.

1984 Plymouth Voyager
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Perhaps the most important products based off this vehicle architecture were Chrysler's minivans.

1984 Plymouth Voyager
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Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca introduced the company's minivans for the 1984 model year. 

1985 Plymouth Voyager
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Chrysler's family haulers were supremely versatile.  

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Chrysler's K-cars were simple and affordable.

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Which of these would you rather own?

1981 Plymouth Reliant
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This is a 1981 Plymouth Reliant, one of the first K-cars.

1981 Plymouth Reliant
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For more photos of Chrysler K-cars, keep clicking through this gallery.

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