Dodge Phoenix

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Not to be confused with Pontiac Phoenix.
Dodge Phoenix
Dodge Phoenix 1960.JPG
1960 Dodge PD4 Phoenix
Manufacturer Chrysler Australia
Production 1960 to 1973
Assembly Mile End, Australia
Tonsley Park, Australia
Port Melbourne, Australia
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door sedan
4-door hardtop
Layout FR layout
Related Dodge Dart
Dodge 440
Plymouth Fury
Engine 318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
Transmission 3spd automatic
Wheelbase (1968) 119.0 in (3023 mm) [1]
Length (1968) 213.1 in (5413 mm) [1]
Width (1968) 77.7 in (1974 mm) [1]
Predecessor Dodge Custom Royal
Successor Chrysler by Chrysler

The Dodge Phoenix is an automobile which was produced by Chrysler Australia from 1960 to 1973.

The Phoenix was introduced in May 1960 as an Australian assembled version [2] of the American Dodge Dart,[3] positioned above the locally developed Chrysler Royal as Chrysler Australia’s luxury model. It borrowed its name from the top Dart, the Dodge Dart Phoenix, but unlike its American namesake it was offered only as a four-door sedan [4] and only with a 318 cubic inch V8 engine.[4]

The Phoenix was subsequently restyled in line with the 1961 and 1962 Dodge Dart. For 1963 the new TD2 series Phoenix was derived from the US Dodge 440,[5] and for 1965 and beyond the Phoenix was based on the Canadian Plymouth Fury III.[6] Like the 1965 Fury, the 1965 Phoenix featured vertically stacked headlamps.[3] A four-door hardtop body style joined the sedan in 1967.[4] The hardtop was fitted with a 383 cubic inch V8 engine [4] whilst the sedan continued with the smaller 318 cubic inch V8.[4] The two body styles continued to be offered until the final Australian Phoenix was built in 1973.[7]

Although the 1965 and later Phoenixes were basically Furys, they did feature the North American style full size Dodge Polara instrument panel (adapted for right hand drive). They also continued to use the old-fashioned "clapper" windshield wipers (while North American models used modern parallel-action wipers).

The Australian developed Chrysler by Chrysler then inherited the role of the top level luxury model in Chrysler’s Australian range.

1960-61 Dodge PD4 Phoenix
1961-62 Dodge RD4 Phoenix
1962-63 Dodge SD2 Phoenix
1963-64 Dodge TD2 Phoenix
1964-65 Dodge VD2 Phoenix
1965-66 Dodge AP2D Phoenix
1966-67 Dodge DP6 Phoenix
1968-69 Dodge DD Phoenix 4-Door Hard Top
1971 Dodge DG Phoenix Hardtop


  1. ^ a b c Chrysler Australia sales brochure for 1968 Dodge Phoenix
  2. ^ Latest Dodge is Assembled here, Australian Motor Manual, 1 July 1960, page 11
  3. ^ a b The Phoenix Retrieved from on 12 September 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e Glass’s Dealer Guide, Passenger Vehicle Values, South Australian and Northern Territory Edition, June 1973, page 42
  5. ^ Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas in Motion, 2010, page 84
  6. ^ Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas in Motion, 2010, page 87
  7. ^ The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, pages 120-121

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