8 of 12
BACKNEXT
1982 Dodge Aries
The K-cars, the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant, were, quite literally, the cars that saved Chrysler.

In 1979, as Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca was asking Congress for loan guarantees that would save his company its first brush with bankruptcy, early test versions of these cars were provided as proof that the carmaker could compete, if given the chance.

The sales pitch worked, and so did the K-cars. Chrysler paid off its $1.5 billion in loans ahead of schedule.

Source: Chrysler LLC

NEXT: 1984 Plymouth Voyager/Dodge Caravan

Last updated August 03 2009: 2:05 PM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
7 quirky luxury products for the super rich Take a look at some of the most unusual luxury products being marketed to the top 1% in Monaco, including a rotating sunbed, hand-made wooden skis and fur coats for dogs. More
Five things to know about Putin's Russia An economic crisis, Western sanctions and a comeback currency: What's going on in Russia? More
9 up-and-coming collectible cars They're relatively cheap now but these models have already caught collectors' eyes and are expected to increase in value in years to come More

Special Offer