The quickest sedan of the early 1990s wasn’t a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW or an Audi. It wasn’t German at all. It also wasn’t British, Swedish or Japanese. In fact, it wasn’t even imported. It was a front-wheel-drive Dodge with a 4-cylinder engine. It was called the Spirit R/T, and there’s a pristine one currently for sale on Autotrader.
Offered by D&D Auto Sales in rural Onsted, Michigan, this particular Spirit R/T is a 1991 model that retains its original stock wheels with red accents, along with a well-kept interior and exterior and just 86,000 original miles. Asking price? $8,500. See the 1991 Dodge Spirit models for sale near you
So how exactly does a 25-year-old Dodge Spirit command an $8,500 asking price? Easy: Only approximately 1,400 Spirit R/T models were built over the sedan’s 2-year run, all with a 224-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 5-speed manual transmission and a 0-to-60 time of roughly 5.8 seconds — faster than the period’s BMW M5. And very few have survived, especially with under 100,000 miles and in relatively pristine condition. In fact, the Spirit R/T is so rare that there isn’t a single other example currently for sale on Autotrader.
Of course, the Spirit R/T could be easily dismissed as an anachronism, a time when Chrysler created a powerful car by throwing a big engine into a vehicle they already had and dressing it up a little with some wheels and a body kit. But true Mopar enthusiasts know that the Spirit R/T was one of the predecessors of the turbocharged-sedan era that came later in the form of the Subaru Impreza WRX, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Dodge’s own Neon SRT-4 — and for that reason, it may one day assert itself as a collector’s item. And if and when that happens, that $8,500 price tag might someday seem pretty reasonable. Find a 1991 Dodge Spirit for sale