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More Corinthian Leather: 1977 Chrysler Cordoba


You readers liked the 1977 Chrysler Cordoba we recently featured, so when another inexpensive one came up in survivor-type condition I thought you might want to check it out too! This one doesn’t appear quite as nice, but it’s still pretty good and very original. It’s for sale here on eBay and is located in Portland, Oregon. Bidding is currently under $1,000 but there is a reserve. Considering the other one sold for $6,700, I think there’s some room to work with here.


Check out the panel fit of that trunk. Unfortunately, that may well be the way it left the factory; Chrysler quality control at this point in time wasn’t the best. The seller tells us that they are the second owner and purchased the car in 1978 with only 4,500 miles. They have all the records since then, so I’m pretty sure the claimed 76,000 miles is true. The seller also tells us it’s always been garaged, so I’m sure that helps to account for the good cosmetic condition.


I’d want to find an original wheel cover for that left rear; the Chevy one that’s on there now just doesn’t get it. That being said, I can tell you from experience those factory wire covers are some of the heaviest ever made; when I managed a hubcap store in the mid 1980’s we sold a bunch of replacements for them as they didn’t stay on very well. You can see a few dents in the rear fender and at least one in the front; the seller includes some close up pictures in the auction listing; I’m thinking a good paintless dent removal place could get them out.


The interior is the original “Corinthian” leather (merely a made-up marketing term) and there are places where it could stand some re-stitching. Kudos to the seller for showing those places in close up shots. The dash looks nice and the seller tells us that even the clock works!


The under hood appearance doesn’t look as nice as the outside, but it certainly doesn’t look bad either. I’d want to know if the air conditioning is functional or not as an old system like this can be expensive to fix. So tell me, does this largely original Cordoba work for you?


  1. Greg

    There’s a lot of Corinthian Leather jokes,but they actually were a nice riding car.

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  2. Ben

    Here is another for sale in Northern NY at a dealer. http://www.evergreenautocenter.net/inventory.php?id=7936783

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  3. MeepMeep

    The 70’s Cordoba’s were nice riding and good handling cars but the early 80’s offerings were pure junk. The 76 I had was a classy, tight car but the 80 was a rattle box with thin tin and a cheap interior.
    Just keep an extra porcelain ballast or two handy in the glove compartment as they liked to eat them from time to time.

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    • Sam

      I’d completely forgotten about those ballast resistors.thanks for bringing back that memory.

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  4. Rick

    Am I the only one that’s not excited about this car at all?

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  5. geezerglide85

    These were really neat cars in their day. My parents had one, bought band new and I bought an almost identical car 4 years later for 1700 dollars. Both with the 360 and torqu-flite. Both were good cars, mine ran like a dream, got about 16mpg. Theirs was a slug and never got much better than 12mpg, never could figure out why. They both used lose hubcaps every time you hit bump.

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  6. Roselandpete

    Not my favorite color but I love the Camaro RS fronts on these cars.

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  7. angliagt

    Back in ’77,I was given one of these as a loaner in Medford,Oregon,
    when I took my new Toyota SR5 Longbed in for warranty work.It was White as
    well.I loved putting the gas pedal to the floor,just to hear that V8 noise.I felt like
    a hit man driving it around.

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