Auction Pick of the Week: 1973 Plymouth Scamp


In the waning years of the golden era of muscle cars, Chrysler Corporation was on a roll. Cars like Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and the Dodge Challenger R/T captivated gearheads then and now with their ground-pounding performance. However, due to their reputation, ‘Cudas and Challengers have long been priced out of reach for many enthusiasts.

But A-body cars, like the Dodge Dart and the Plymouth Scamp, are still an affordable way to get into classic Mopars. That’s why this 1973 Plymouth Scamp, offered with no reserve, is our auction pick of the week.

The Scamp name first showed up in 1971, when Chrysler Corp. decided Plymouth needed to spice up the image of the conservatively styled Valiant. The Dodge Dart Swinger two-door hardtop was a success, so why not make a Plymouth version? Never one to pass up an opportunity for badge engineering, Mopar used an amalgamation of Plymouth Valiant and Dart Swinger sheet metal to create the Scamp’s muscular styling. The Scamp, and other cars using the compact A-platform, utilized unibody architecture with a torsion bar suspension setup up front.

The Scamp was a modest performer in base trim. The standard engine was Mopar’s indestructible but uninspiring 198 cid slant-six, but owners could select the venerable 318 cid V-8 for a performance bump. Additional options like the heavy-duty suspension and locking rear differentials were available for those seeking more performance. While a four-speed manual was available, most Scamps, like our feature car, came with a three-speed automatic.

The current owner’s father purchased our feature car in 1972, and it has been lovingly owned by the same family ever since. If your favorite color is green, you’re in luck. This Scamp is finished in Forrest Green Metallic with a complementing green vinyl roof and interior. The car looks extremely clean and presents well. It was reportedly treated to a complete body-off restoration totaling in excess of $120,000 by Paul’s Rod and Restos in Long Island, New York.

This Scamp has been lightly restomodded to make it more drivable in modern traffic. Originally equipped with the slant-six, the car was upgraded to the 318 V-8 which exhales through dual exhausts. Other modifications include upgraded brakes (discs up front and larger drums out back), and Cragar Magnum wheels.

If you’re looking for an entry into the “Mopar or no car” club, but don’t have Hemi ‘Cuda money, get your bids in on this Scamp. The auction ends on Wednesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. ET.




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    “…body off restoration…” How is that possible with a unibody car? That phrase is too often used incorrectly. Too bad some people don’t know the difference between a rotisserie restoration and a “body off” renewal.

    Fair comment. Regardless, anyone who sunk $120k into this is going to end up very much underwater on the deal.

    Wow, after the money those folks spent on whatever restoration actually happened, this Mopar is probably going to be out of reach as well… I find it hard to believe that this particular car has had that much money spent on it, because it’s obviously not one of the more sought after mopars. So it’s obviously very special to the owners, and for that reason I can’t imagine them wanting to part with it. But what I’d love to see show up for sale is one of the 426 hemi Darts with the funky little wedge hood scoop. I’ll never forget seeing one in front of a local grocery store many years ago and thinking ‘ wow, someone put a homemade hood scoop on a Dart!’. Several years later I discovered that they actually produced a handful of these cars with the hemis and the cute little hood scoops. Talk about a sleeper! Some of you guys have a great working knowledge of production numbers, configurations, paint colors, etc, can any of you elaborate on the amount/years that these little hidden gems were produced? Or, per chance, anyone that has one that needs a new home?

    $120 k spent in wrong island… Yeah it’s possible, everything out here is too much I’m sure they ment $20,000 anyway

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