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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

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