Plymouth Cricket : 1971

Filed under:  Classic
Comment(s): 14
MSRP Engine HP Manufactured
n/a n/a n/a 1971 - 1973
View all cars for:  Plymouth

Search for Plymouth Cricket : 1971 on: eBay

The Plymouth Cricket was a subcompact automobile sold by the Plymouth division of Chrysler Corporation in the American market from 1971 to 1973. The car was a captive import, a rebadged version of the British Hillman Avenger, built by Chrysler's UK subsidiary (formerly the Rootes Group). Curiously, only a four-door sedan and station wagon were available, at a time when two-door subcompacts were much more popular, and a two-door body was sold in the Avenger range.

cricket logo

Plymouth Cricket logo.

The car was not successful in the US, primarily because of complaints of poor quality, an issue plaguing the British industry at the time. It was discontinued midway through the 1973 model year, paradoxically, just as the gas crisis of 1973 began to increase demand for small cars sharply, and Dodge began to see real success with its similarly-sized Dodge Colt, built by Mitsubishi Motors.

The Cricket name lived on in Canada though, as Chrysler Canada replaced the British-built Cricket with a rebadged Dodge Colt in mid 1973 model year. The Cricket's version of the Colt GT was called the Cricket Formula S. For the 1975 model year, the Plymouth Cricket was rebadged as the Plymouth Colt. Thus began Chrysler Canada's dual marketing system, selling the Colt as both a Dodge and a Plymouth. The later Plymouth Arrow was similarly sold as a Dodge Arrow.

The last British built Cricket's were actually imported into the USA in the later part of 1972 but were sold until mid-1973 as "1973" models. This was because US safety and emission laws became effective based on the calendar year the car was manufactured in or imported in, NOT the model year. Chrysler used this loop hole to continue selling what were essentially 1972 cars through 1973 as 1973 models.

plymouth cricket 71

1971 Plymouth Cricket.

plymouth cricket emblem

Plymouth Cricket emblem, located on right side of trunk lid.

plymouth cricket ad 72

1972 Plymouth Cricket ad.

plymouth cricket service manual 71

1971 Plymouth Cricket Factory Service Manual. This is the Factory Service Manual the Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth-Eagle Dealership Technicians used. Sections Include: Lubrication & Maintenance, Suspension, Differential & Driveline, Brakes, Clutch, Cooling System, Electrical, Engine, Exhaust System & Intake Manifold, Frame & Bumpers, Fuel System, Steering, Transmission, Tires & Wheels, Body, Heating & Air Conditioning, and many more.

plymouth cricket catalog 71

1971 Plymouth Cricket catalog.

plymouth 2

Plymouth logo.

Plymouth related emblems   
Plymouth brochures   
Plymouth AAR 'Cuda : 1970   Only produced in 1970.
Chrysler Plymouth   
Plymouth Superbird : 1970   Only 1,920 produced.
Plymouth related hood ornaments   
Advertise on Cartype
Instagram Vimeo Youtube Twitter Facebook
THE "1900's" BOOK.
Each decade seems to have its own stylistic language, and this issue showcases logos, ads, cars, companies and products (and their typographical sensibilities) from the early 1900s.

Jrop Roadside
Car Shipping Companies
Auto Transport Quotes
Vehicle Transportation


Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.