<VV> Incorrect Badging Re: Beds and tailgates

frankcb at aol.com frankcb at aol.com
Fri Jan 16 22:26:20 EST 2015

    Reminds me of long ago when my wife Milly and I went looking for our first NEW car, a 1981 Plymouth or Dodge station wagon (as they were called in those far-gone days).  We took a test drive in one at the dealer.  My wife said that it was a Dodge Aries, but I said that it was a Plymouth Reliant.  For once, we were BOTH right!!!  One side had the Aries emblem and the other had the Reliant emblem, so we called it the "RelAries".  We finally did buy a Reliant station wagon that did say Reliant on all sides.
    Thanks for the memories.
Frank Burkhard
Boonton, NJ
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Sent: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 8:19 am
Subject: Re: <VV> Beds and tailgates

On 1/16/2015 1:26 AM, Sethracer--- via VirtualVairs wrote:
> The beds were made in the
> USA  and added after the trucks were imported. There were some strange
> tariffs, at  the time, which only applied to complete trucks. The companies
> could import  them without beds, at a low tariff, and "complete" them  here.
> Toyota and Datsun did the same thing.

That "strange tariff" is still in place.  It's commonly referred to as 
the "chicken tax" and it is why, all these years after the import 
pickups from Japan, today's Ford Transit Connect is imported with rear 
seats (making it a "car") and converted to the cargo configuration once 

Concerning incorrect badging, my aunt bought a new Dodge Omni -- or was 
it a Plymouth Horizon?  Couldn't be sure, since both badges were on the car.


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