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Scamp Info...

Seeing the success Dodge was enjoying with the Dart Swinger, Plymouth decided in 1971 to release their own version of the 2-door hardtop and named it the Plymouth Scamp.  The Scamp was targeted at the conservative buyer who wanted the sporty look of the 2-door without getting into a larger car.  The Scamp was offered only as a 2-door hardtop and no convertible was offered at any point.  Scamp production ran from 1971 through 1976, being replaced by the Plymouth Volare'.

All Scamps are based on the "A-Body" classification of Chrysler vehicles.  During the Scamps short run, the A-Body also included the following cars:  Dodge Dart, Dodge Dart Swinger, Dodge Dart Sport, Dodge Demon, Plymouth Valiant and the Plymouth Duster.  These cars were based on a sub-frame design rather then a full ladder frame, one at the front of the car and one at the rear.  The floor pan and roof maintained the rigidity of this design.  When looking for some interior and exterior parts for your Scamp, you may find them on any of the cars listed above.

Drive trains:
Plymouth kept drive train options simple.  Engines included the trusty 198 or 225 in-line 6 cylinder (known as the "slant 6") and the 318 cubic inch V8.  Most Scamps were delivered with a 3-speed automatic transmission.  There are reports of Scamps with 340's and 4-speeds, so you never know what you'll run into.  Customers interested in additional horsepower would need to look toward the Duster 340 for enhanced performance.

Noted Changes:
For the most part, the Scamp remained the same from 1971 to 1976.  Different grills, interiors and rear end treatments were used, but the basis of the body did not change.  Here are some of the changes through the years:

1971:  First year for the Scamp.  To associate the new Scamp with the old and trusty Valiant, Plymouth placed a "Valiant" emblem above the "Scamp" sticker.  The original 1971 brochure shows a surreal looking hand-drawn version of the Scamp that lacks the "Scamp" sticker on the truck deck and fenders.  Plymouth model lineup drawings on the back show a drawing of a Dodge Dart.

1972:  Not much changed in 1972.  However the gas vent tube was relocated from the trunk to the engine compartment.  Also, the rear side markers changed to a more protruding design.

1973:  For 1973, the grill was changed to a more open design.  A new hood design was required to match up the the new grill.  Scamp stickers were replaced with metal Scamp emblems.  New front side markers appeared to match the rear design introduced in 1972.

1974:  The entire rear of the car was redesigned, taking the taillights out of the bumper and moving them above.  The electronic ignition also became available in 1974.  The Valiant Brought 2-door was introduced as a more luxurious version of the Scamp.

1975: New front grill design again.  Also, first year a cat. converter was required.

1976:  Last year of the old A-body design... Enter the Plymouth Volare, and the news just got worse from there.  Production count was down around 8500 units in 1976.  

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