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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Turbocharge Me, Please! My Obsession with Turbo Chryslers

Posted April 05, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

I got a midlife crisis “boost” when I bought a 1984 turbocharged Plymouth Colt. Super quick, it handled like a slot car yet achieved 35 mpg. Photos by the author except where noted.

[Editor’s Note: Jim Van Orden’s car-guy escapades aren’t limited to the hot rods and mid-century chromemobiles of his youth. This week, he tells us about the turbocharged Chrysler products that have come and gone throughout his life.]

I was 40, suffered from midlife crisis, and needed an ego boost. What hair I had was turning gray, my belly was expanding, and my daughters called me “Fun-Guy” (plural of “fungus”).

Too many years of driving anemic cars that lost stoplight duels and wallowed in curves had taken their toll. Then, one day, I saw a car ad that changed everything.

“Pavement scorching performance made affordable!” the headline screamed.

Could I believe the ad? Did Chrysler really offer a car that scooted to 50 in under six seconds, got 35 mpg, and cost less than $8,000?

And that is how one auto fan got into super fast Mopars.

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