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Plymouth Volare

Background:

The Plymouth Volare and its sister the Dodge Aspen were compact cars built between 1976 and 1980 on the new F Body platform -- to replace the A Body Valiants, Dusters, and Darts. The upscale Volare was the Premier. A total of 1,069,424 Volares were built over its 5-year run. They in turn were later replaced by the FWD Reliants and Aries K Cars.


History:

Model Predecessor

  • Valiant
  • Duster

Model Successor

Export Versions

Related Models

Dodge Aspen

Competition

  • Chevrolet Nova
  • Ford Fairmont

Body Styles

  • 2-Dr Coupe
  • 4-Dr Sedan
  • 4-Dr Wagon


Technical:

Class

Economy Compact

Platform

F Body

Engines

1977 Powertrain Combinations

Federal 29 & 41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 100hp@3600rpm, 170'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, manual three speed transmission 3.23, 2.94, 3.21SG; Manual overdrive four speed transmission or with a/c 3.23, 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 2.76, 3.23, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21SG
  • Optional 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2600rpm, single exhaust, manual four speed overdrive (only manual transmission offered) 3.21, 3.21SG, Automatic transmission 2.76, 3.23, 2.94, 3.21SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 145hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, three speed manual transmission 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG; Manual overdrive four speed transmission or with a/c 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 2.76, 2.45, 2.45SG, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG
  • Optional 360-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 155hp@3600rpm, 275'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 2.45, 2.45SG, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG
Federal 29 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.4:1 compression, 175hp@4000rpm, 275'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 3.2, 3.2SG, 2.7SG, 2.9, 2.45, 2.45SG
Federal 45
  • Standard 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, manual four speed overdrive transmission 3.21, 3.21S
  • Standard 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 145hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission with or without a/c, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 2.71, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG
  • Optional 360-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 155hp@3600rpm, 275'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 2.71, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG
California 29 & 41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 170'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission without a/c 3.23, 2.94, 3.21SG; Manual transmission with a/c 3.23, 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 3.23, 2.94, 3.21SG
  • Standard 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 135hp@3600rpm, 235'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 2.76, 2.45, 2.45SG, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG
California 29 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.4:1 compression, 175hp@4000rpm, 275'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhausat, automatic transmission (only) 3.2, 3.2SG, 2.7SG, 2.9, 2.45, 2.45SG
California 45
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 170'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 3.21, 3.21SG
  • Standard 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 135hp@3600rpm, 235'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 2.71, 2.71SG, 2.94, 3.21, 3.21SG


1978 Powertrain Combinations

Federal 29 & 41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 100hp@3600rpm, 170'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission 3.23 or 3.21SG, automatic transmission 2.76 or 2.71SG
  • Optional 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission 3.23 or 3.21SG, automatic transmission 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 140hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, 4 speed manual overdrive transmission 2.94 or 2.94SG, automatic transmission 2.47 or 2.45SG
  • Optional 360-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 155hp@3600rpm, 270'/lbs@2400rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.45 or 2.45 SG
Federal 29 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 170hp@4000rpm, 260'/lbs@2400rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71 2.71SG 3.21 3.21SG
Federal 45
  • Standard 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission 3.21 3.21SG, automatic transmission 2.71 2.71SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 140hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, 4 speed manual overdrive transmission 2.94 2.94SG Automatic transmission 2.45 2.45SG
  • Optional 360-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 155hp@3600rpm, 270'/lbs@2400rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71 2.71SG
High Altitude
  • 29, 41 Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression. 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.23 3.21SG
  • 45 Standard 29, 41 Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 140hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.21 3.21SG
  • 29, 41,45 Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 160hp@3600rpm, 265'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.21 3.21SG
California
  • 29, 41 Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.23 3.21SG
  • 45 Same as above except 3.21 3.21SG
  • 29, 41 Optional 318-4v, 8.4:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.76 2.71SG
  • 45 Same as above except 2.71 2.71SG
  • 29,41,45 Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 160hp@3600rpm, 265'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.21 3.21SG 2.71 2.71SG 2.71N/A 45
Police Federal
  • No standard engine
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 100hp@3600rpm, 170'lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 140hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 175hp@4000rpm, 260'/lbs@2400rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71 3.21 3.21SG
Police California
  • No standard engine
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.21 3.21SG


1979 Powertrain Combinations

Federal 29 & 41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 100hp@3600rpm, 165'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, 3 speed manual or 4 speed manual overdrive, 3.23 or 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 2.76 or 2.71SG
  • Optional 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.76 or 2.71SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 135hp@4000rpm, 250'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.47 or 2.45SG, 2.71 or 2.71SG
Federal 29 only
  • Optioanl 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 195hp@4000rpm, 280'/lbs@2800rpm, dual exhuast, automatic (only) 2.71 or 2.71SG, 3.21 or 3.21SG
Federal 45
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression. 100hp@3600rpm, 165'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, 3 speed manual or 4 speed manual overdrive, 3.21 or 3.21SG
  • Optional 225-2v, 8.4:1 compression, 110hp@3600rpm, 180'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 135hp@4000rpm, 250'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.45 or 2.45SG, 2.71 or 2.71SG
California 29,41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.23 or 3.21SG
California 45
  • Standard: same as 29 & 41 except 3.21 or 3.21SG
California 29,41
  • Optional 318-4v, 8.5:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.47 or 2.45SG
California 45
  • Optional: same as 29 & 41 except 2.45 or 2.45SG
California 29 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 170hp@4000rpm, 270'/lbs@1600rpm, dual exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71 or 2.71SG, 3.21 or 3.21SG
Federal Police
  • No standard engine.
41 only
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 100hp@3600rpm, 165'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71
41 & 45
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 135hp@4000rpm, 250'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.45 or 2.71
41 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 196hp@4000rpm, 280'/lbs@2800rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71, 3.21 or 3.21SG
California Police
  • No standard engine.
41 & 45
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 3.21 or 3.21SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.45
41 only
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 170hp@4000rpm, 270'/lbs@1600rpm, dual exhaust, automatic (only) 2.71. 3.21 or 3.21SG



1980 Powertrain Combinations

Federal 29 & 41
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs @1600rpm, single exhaust, 3 speed manual or 4 speed manual overdrive transmission with 3.23 or 3.21SG. Automatic transmission cars 2.76 or 2.71SG.
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 120hp@3600rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic transmission (only) 2.47 or 2.45SG
Federal 45
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, manual transmission 3.21 or 3.21SG. Automatic transmission 2.94 or 2.94SG.
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 120hp@3600rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, automatic (only) 2.45 or 2.45SG
Federal High Altitude 29,41,45
  • Standard 318-4v, 8.5:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 240'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
California 29,41,45
  • Standard 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 318-4v, 8.5:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 240'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.47 or 2.45SG
  • Optional 45 only same as above with 2.45 or 2.45SG
Police Federal 41,45
  • No standard engine.
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 318-2v, 8.5:1 compression, 120hp@3600rpm, 245'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 360-4v, 8.0:1 compression, 185hp@4000rpm, 275'lbs@2000rpm, dual exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
Police California 41,45
  • No standard engine.
  • Optional 225-1v, 8.4:1 compression, 90hp@3600rpm, 160'/lbs@1600rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG
  • Optional 318-4v, 8.5:1 compression, 155hp@4000rpm, 240'/lbs@2000rpm, single exhaust, automatic (only) 2.94 or 2.94SG

Transmissions

Available Transmissions Include:

  • 904 Automatic
  • 998 Automatic
  • 999 Automatic
  • 727 Automatic
  • 3-speed
  • 833 4-Speed with 4th gear an Overdrive


Specifications:

1976

Body Style Coupe Sedan Wagon
Length (1) 197.5 201.5 201.5
Width 72.8 72.8 72.8
height 53.1 54.8 54.8
wheelbase 108.5 112.5 112.5

(1) Including bumper guards.

1977

Body Style Coupe Sedan Wagon
Length (1) 197.5 201.5 201.5
Width 72.8 72.8 72.8
height 53.3 55.0 55.2
wheelbase 108.7 112.7 112.7

(1) Including bumper guards.

1978

Body Style Coupe Sedan Wagon
Length (1) 197.2 201.2 201.2
Width 73.3 73.3 73.3
height 53.3 53.3 55.7
wheelbase 108.7 112.7 112.7

(1) Including bumper guards.

1979

Body Style Coupe Sedan Wagon
Length (1) 197.2 201.2 201.2
Width 72.8 72.8 72.8
height 53.3 55.3 55.7
wheelbase 108.7 112.7 112.7

(1) Including bumper guards.

1980

Body Style Coupe Sedan Wagon
Length (1) 200.3 204.3 204.3
Width 72.4 72.4 72.4
height 53.6 55.3 55.5
wheelbase 108.7 112.7 112.7

(1) Including bumper guards.

Production Numbers:


1976

Lee Iacocca admitted the the Volares and Aspens were rushed to market in 1976 -- and should have waited until 1977. This rushing to market caused some quality control problems (mostly fit and finish, and corrosion protection) for the 1976 model, and a reputation problem for subsequent model years.

For 1976, The Plymouth Road Runner moved off the B Body platform and was a sticker package on the Volare. Most comparable to Formula S on A-body Barracudas.

255,008 Volares were produced for production year 1976.

1977

327,739 Volares were produced for the 1977 Model year. It would be Volare's best year.


1978

A Petty Kit Car was released in 1978.

217,795 Volares were produced for the 1978 Model year.

1979

178,819 Volares were built in 1979.

1980

90,063 Volares were built in its final year of 1980.

References


External Links

MopowerStyle F Body Forum



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