1960 Dodge PD4 Phoenix
|Production||1960 to 1973|
|Assembly||Mile End, Australia
Tonsley Park, Australia
Port Melbourne, Australia
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan
|Engine||318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
|Wheelbase||(1968) 119.0 in (3023 mm) |
|Length||(1968) 213.1 in (5413 mm) |
|Width||(1968) 77.7 in (1974 mm) |
|Predecessor||Dodge Custom Royal|
|Successor||Chrysler by Chrysler|
The Phoenix was introduced in May 1960 as an Australian assembled version  of the American Dodge Dart, 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  and only with a 318 cubic inch V8 engine.
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, and for 1965 and beyond the Phoenix was based on the Canadian Plymouth Fury III. Like the 1965 Fury, the 1965 Phoenix featured vertically stacked headlamps. A four-door hardtop body style joined the sedan in 1967. The hardtop was fitted with a 383 cubic inch V8 engine  whilst the sedan continued with the smaller 318 cubic inch V8. The two body styles continued to be offered until the final Australian Phoenix was built in 1973.
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.
- Chrysler Australia sales brochure for 1968 Dodge Phoenix
- Latest Dodge is Assembled here, Australian Motor Manual, 1 July 1960, page 11
- The Phoenix Retrieved from allpar.com on 12 September 2008
- Glass’s Dealer Guide, Passenger Vehicle Values, South Australian and Northern Territory Edition, June 1973, page 42
- Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas in Motion, 2010, page 84
- Gavin Farmer, Great Ideas in Motion, 2010, page 87
- The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, pages 120-121