Low-Mile 360-Powered 1979 Chrysler Cordoba

The Chrysler Cordoba is a pretty famous car considering that they were sold for less than a decade. Their fame had to have been at least partly due to the famous commercials with Ricardo Montalbán regarding the seating material, have any of you heard those commercials? (crickets)… This 1979 Chrysler Cordoba doesn’t have “Rich and/or Soft Corinthian Leather” but it’s listed here on AutoTrader. It’s located in Pompano Beach, Florida and they’re asking $9,500 or best offer. Thanks to Larry D. for sending in this tip!

I don’t personally think of the Cordoba as a sporty car, but truthfully, that’s part of the appeal of these cars, I think. They were only available as a two-door body style and that automatically gives a car a bit of a sporty vibe, doesn’t it? The white letter tires add some sporty pop as do the nice wheels.

Another somewhat sporty feature or missing feature is a lack of a vinyl roof. We don’t see Cordobas too often without a vinyl roof on the rear portion from the side opera lights back. I don’t know if this car had a vinyl top and it was removed or not, but the seller shows an ominous photo of that area which shows some rust lurking by the c-pillar.

Rich/Soft Corinthian Fabric Seats! Those famous commercials wouldn’t have had quite the same ring to it as “Corinthian Leather” did. At least the seats look good both front and rear, but I see a dash pad if I’m not mistaken? That’s rarely a good sign in hot climates, unless it’s there to protect it rather than cover up any problems. I like the paddle-type power window switches that Chrysler used in this era.

The clean-but-dusty engine, if that made sense, is Chrysler’s 360 cubic-inch V8 which was an optional V8 for this car. The 318 was standard and the 400 V8 went away at the end of 1978. The seller says that this one runs excellent, has a new carb, new plugs and wires, new tires, new brakes all around, new fuel pump, new alternator, a new AC condensor and it’s ice-cold, and more. Are there any Cordoba owners out there?

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  1. Terrry

    Based on the looks of the odometer, the mileage could just be real. Anyway, if the buyer is smart and they want to drive the car regularly, they’d replace all the lean burn components with an Edelbrock intake, Holley TBI unit and an MSD ignition.

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  2. mrgreenjeans

    A same year, near copy of the previous / one owner Cordoba my father bought over 15 years ago. His also is white, has the 360, and the same wheel covers. It had only just turned 50,000 miles and has Maroon leather interior in the split bench/buckets. A great riding and comfortable ‘personal luxury’ car, it is amazing to look out over that long hood you could nearly land aircraft on.
    I found two N.O.S. hubcaps to replace the two damaged ones his Cordoba came with. What a hunt !! And expense ! I believe they were the proverbial hen’s teeth, but he really grinned when I gave them to him for his Birthday

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    • Mikefromthehammer

      I like reading the comments for the memories that are shared.

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    • stan

      I have its sister car dodge magnum all original 27,000 miles. Never give it up. A style of its own. You either love it or hate it.

  3. Car Nut Tacoma

    Nice looking car. I hope it goes to a good owner.

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    As a former Chrysler Dealer from that era, I do recall some of the Cordobas being ordered were without vinyl rear roof partial tops. ED

  5. Kevin

    I’m looking for a personal luxury car right now,I like cordoba’s,but like other stuff better,but it’s a nice car none the less.

  6. Pat Marriott

    It was “rich” Corinthian leather.

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  7. Don Eladio

    This car looks like a pig in a poke…Florida salt-water condensation has taken it’s toll and much nicer examples, with big-block 400’s, can be found for much less money. A lot of these cars survived because most of the buyers were older and they drove them little and kept them in a garage. The good news is, they are B-bodies and anything that you can do to a ’71-’74 Road Runner or Charger, you can do to these. Virtually all of the underpinnings and drivetrain options will interchange. these cars can be built nicely for very little coin.

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  8. Bob

    In 1978 my father bought a red Cordoba with red cloth inside after 10 years and 90000 klics he gave it to me. That car looked so awesome and when the lean burn wasn’t acting up it was a nice ride Always regret letting that one go.

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