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November 27, 2009

The Dodge Diplomat Was A VERY Cool Car

Filed under: Cars & Transportation,Retro Gadgets — Laura Moncur @ 10:26 am

click to see full sizeI’m trying not to be offended because Go Retro has named the Dodge Diplomat number four on its list of bad car names.

  • Go Retro!: Bad Car Names

4. Dodge Diplomat: Despite a long production run (from 1977 to 1989) I’ve never heard of anyone who owned a Diplomat, and I’m not sure that those who did really did feel all that more important. Check out the vintage ad I’ve posted above – shuttle diplomacy? A misguided advertising attempt to make a soccer mom feel like she’s royalty or something.

When my dad moved out, my mom’s friend from work, Carol, moved in. She drove a Dodge Diplomat. It didn’t look like the one in this advertisement. It looked like this, except it was white (not silver) and the cloth top was a dark blue, not brown.

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It breaks my heart that we don’t have a photo of that car, because we had so many good times in it. Carol and Mom took Stacey and me to Wisconsin in that car, driving across I-80 through the desolation that is Wyoming and the boredom that is Nebraska. We had a lot of good times in that car.

I never realized how cool it was until I was fourteen years old. By that time, Carol had been living with us for five years and the car was just the Diplomat. It was the family car and we took its luxuries for granted every day. That day, in ninth grade, Mom picked up a bunch of us from a school function. Crammed in the front seat, were the two cutest guys in the Quest program. While I was stuffed into the back seat with four girls, they fiddled with the radio up front. They were so impressed with the digital tuner on the radio (this was 1984, so digital tuners were VERY rare back then). After the ride, they told me how cool my mom’s car was and I beamed with pride.

Did riding in the Dodge Diplomat make me feel like royalty? That day, it sure did. Not to mention the fact that the car could hold six stranded teenagers. Sorry, Go Retro, you’re wrong. The Dodge Diplomat was a VERY cool car.


  1. It’s not the car itself that I had an issue with, it’s the name. The sedan looks an awful lot like the silver 80s Chrysler LeBaron that my father owned; however, the station wagon with the fake wooden paneling just doesn’t seem that “diplomatic” to me (which I’m aware was not the model your mom owned.) Anyways, sorry if I offended…

    Comment by Pam — December 8, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  2. Pam,

    I didn’t realize how much I loved that old car until I saw its name on the list. Isn’t strange how attached we become to our cars? We practically lived in that car when we were traveling, so I have so many good memories. I can’t believe I can’t find one photo of that car in all of our pictures.

    Thanks for bringing back all those memories,

    Comment by Laura Moncur — December 9, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  3. trying to find out how to set time on my 1984 dodge diplomat radio.

    Comment by frederick smith — June 10, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

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