1980–1983 Dodge Mirada CMX
In the 1970s the personal coupe was hot. These large two-door coupes were packed with comfort and a big V-8 under the hood, but because they were based on a full-size chassis, there was plenty of room to stretch out. And they were quick.
By the early 1980s, demand for big coupes was waning. But Dodge had one more up its sleeve—the Mirada. Although it was nominally the successor to the Charger, the Mirada shared nearly nothing with that legendary ride.
The Mirada was underpinned with the same chassis as the Diplomat sedan—the cars cops used at the time. But there wasn't much cop-spec goodness under the Mirada. The CMX top model promised performance, especially when you saw those larger 205/75R15 radial tires. But in reality the 360-cid V-8 under the CMX's long hood made just 185 hp. The Mirada died in 1983 as sales of all Chrysler vehicles were in freefall, making room for Lee Iacocca's more fuel-efficient and quicker turbocharged front-drive K-cars.