1978 Dodge Omni Sedan

Summary

This little car was a reaction to the high gasoline prices brought on by the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the new fuel economy standards passed by Congress in 1975. It, and its twin the Plymouth Horizon, were the first American cars to adopt a front wheel drive, hatchback configuration that was common in Europe. Motor Trend magazine named them "Car of the Year."

This little car was a reaction to the high gasoline prices brought on by the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the new fuel economy standards passed by Congress in 1975. It, and its twin the Plymouth Horizon, were the first American cars to adopt a front wheel drive, hatchback configuration that was common in Europe. Motor Trend magazine named them "Car of the Year."

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1978

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

2011.329.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Vinyl
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Beige (Color)

Specifications

Make & Model: 1978 Dodge Omni sedan

Maker: Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan

Engine: inline-4, overhead valves, 105 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 53.5 inches

Wheelbase: 99 inches

Width: 66 inches

Overall length: 165 inches

Weight: 2145 pounds

Horsepower: 75 at 5600 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 28.6

Price: $3,976

Average 1978 wage: $13,263 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 3-1/2 months

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