Chrysler Horizon

What we knew here in the UK as the Chrysler Horizon was also sold in America in various guises, including the Plymouth Horizon shown here.

The US-spec models were quite different from the European offering, despite being derived from the same basic design; and that included its engine, which in this instance was a 1.7-litre unit with TorqueFlite automatic transmission as an optional extra.

In this 1979 Plymouth brochure, the Horizon was hailed for being the “first American-built sub-compact” to come with front-wheel drive. This was a model designed for Americans who “demand an economical yet roomy car”, as well as “one that will perform”.

And as it was the smallest model in the Plymouth line-up of the time, the Horizon naturally offered good value for money: “It meets your needs while staying within your means”.