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Autotrader Find: 1983 Plymouth Scamp GT Restoration Project

Here’s an exceptionally rare car from the 1980s that you’ve probably forgotten about. It’s a 1983 Plymouth Scamp GT. The Scamp and its more popular twin, the Dodge Rampage, were front-wheel drive car-based compact pickups. Built on Chrysler’s L Platform that was developed in response to the fuel crisis of the 1970s, the Rampage and Scamp shared their underpinnings with the likes of the Dodge Omni, the Dodge Charger, the Plymouth Horizon and the Plymouth Turismo sold throughout the 1980s.

While the Rampage was offered from 1982 through 1984, the Scamp was sold for just the 1983 model year, and in extremely limited numbers, making it far rarer than the Rampage. In total, while a little over 37,000 Rampages moved off of dealer lots from 1982 to 1984, just over 3,500 Scamps were produced during the model’s lone year of production. Breaking things down further, just under 1,400 of them were built in this top-spec GT trim, making the one you see here a rare version of an especially rare vehicle.

Located in Hutchinson, Kansas, with an asking price of $3,500, this Plymouth Scamp GT comes with 138,736 miles on the odometer, a reasonable figure when you consider that this thing is now 37 years old. The listing states that, while the engine was rebuilt in the last 10,000 miles, the body and interior are in need of major repair. If you’ve got the itch to take on a quirky restoration project, tracking down parts shouldn’t be too difficult, given the sheer volume of parts the Scamp and Rampage share with the greater L Platform line of vehicles. Find a Plymouth Scamp for sale

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Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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