81k Original Miles: 1978 Chrysler Cordoba

One of the foods that is hardest to eat, and hardest to digest, is humble pie. While the Cordoba was a luxurious car, it marked a radical departure in philosophy for Chrysler, as they had publicly declared on a number of occasions that there would never be a smaller Chrysler and that all of their models would be full-sized. If you would like to own a Chrysler game-changer, this Cordoba is located in Staten Island, New York, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

The owner describes the body as being laser straight, which is a pretty bold claim to make on an original car that is 41-years-old. However, the owner may not be far off the mark, as there are certainly no real problems visible. The Cordoba seem to have even avoided those dreaded little dings that are so prevalent in parking lots, and the owner also says that there is no Bondo in the car. The Starfire Blue Sunfire Metallic paint is said to be original, and while it is showing some pretty obvious signs of fading, it is intact, and there are no signs of major corrosion peaking through. The pale blue vinyl top looks like it is in good condition, and it really looks like a simple repaint would have the car looking great again. A couple of nice touches are the original wire wheel covers and the twin chrome sports mirrors.

Just to demonstrate the luxury aspirations of the Cordoba, the seats wear Corinthian Leather upholstery. The leather is intact and in good condition, except for some obvious wear and discoloring on the driver’s seat. However, I think that a competent upholsterer may be able to fix this so that the seats match once again. The carpet looks good, and the only other real defect is a single crack in the dash pad. It does look like the car has been fitted with an aftermarket radio/cassette player, and there is also something attached to the bottom of the dash in the center, and I can’t quite work out what it is. Further luxury is brought to the Cordoba by the inclusion of a power driver’s seat, a tilt wheel, cruise control, and air conditioning.

There are no photos of the engine, but we know that it is a 400ci V8 and that it is hooked to a TorqueFlite transmission. The owner states that the car runs and drives well and that it has a genuine and documented 81,000 miles on the clock.

At the time of writing, bidding on this Cordoba has reached $1,358, but the reserve hasn’t been met. The owner also offers a BIN price of $4,750. I recently looked at a similarly equipped ’78 model where the condition was nowhere near as good as this one, and the owner was asking $4,000. Good ones will sell for upwards of $8,000, so if this car needs a simple repaint and some work on the driver’s seat leather, it looks like a pretty reasonable buy.

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  1. TimS Member

    One of approximately one hundred Chrysler automobiles made without a red interior between 1973 and 1981.

  2. Vance

    Liked the round headlight Doba’s a lot more, the stacked headlights look wrong to me. Had a 1977 yellow one with baby poo brown landau roof. Only yellow car I ever owned, it was an ok car for a high school kid. Put a set of RWL Tiger Paws on her a a decent paint job and poof, it was a decent cruiser. Get this one for the right price, and you have a nice cruiser that won’t break the bank.

  3. hatofpork

    Some day when I win the lottery I hope to journey to Greece, that I might visit the Leather Trees of Corinth….

    • grant

      No no, it is the hide of the noble and magnificent Corinth, found only on the island of misfit toys. They breed once a decade, during times of lunar eclipse. At least, that’s what my dad said.

  4. Husky
  5. Jack Quantrill

    Many Corinthians gave up their lives for this “lather”!

  6. Jon

    I remember Ricardo Montalban hawking this car with the Spanish trill quoting “fine Corinthian leather” in the commercials.

  7. Maverick

    Gas hogs under power p.o.s good derby car .

  8. Bing

    I bought one of these, back in the day. Fairly nice ride, but plagued with issues. Sold it after 18 months. When new, this car turned heads, but it didn’t last.

  9. Roseland Pete

    This is what you get when you cross a mid 70’s Monte Carlo with a Gran Prix.

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