Really enjoyed reading this post and your comments since you all raise excellent points. As I reflect I remember a time in 1985 when I bought a 1972 Satellite Sebring Plus with no engine and a 4-speed for $1,000! I rebuilt the car with a 440 and it was ready to drive by 1987. I worked 3-11pm every night after school and saved for every part I needed. During that time I also found a 1986 Plymouth Laser XE with a digital dash, 5-speed, and a turbo 1 motor out in a farmers field. I found the owner and bought the car for $500... the timing belt was shredded and some of the back interior was missing (something to do with the car being involved in drug running...) but I fixed up that car and between myself, my Dad, and even my sister we logged over 300,000 miles on that car.
That Satellite and Laser were the beginnings of a passion and hobby that has led to me owning 100s of Mopars to include a 426 stroker 6-speed convertible 2010 SRT Challenger, 2-3x 2007 SRT8 Jeeps, 2-3x 2011-19 SRT Jeeps to include a Trackhawk, 2-3 SRT10s, 2x 6-speed Challenger Hellcats, 8-10x Daytonas, and even a very rare 69 RT/SE track pac 440 4-speed Charger!!
I say all this to say... in 1985 no one gave a hoot about 1972 Satellites or even 1969 Chargers, but now these are revered and big dollar cars. We have passed through a long dark period with these turbo Dodges and yes they may lack some of the lure to the die hard V8 RWD muscle car fans, but... one I'm working hard to make that an option (see RWD conversion posts), two the support and following I've witnessed over these cars for the last 30 years is impressive so don't quit when the finish line is ahead, three everything goes in cycles; some generations may not be into cars, but the following generations are, just log into YouTube and start searching car topics... video is the new forum, and lastly we can't pack up our toys and go home because we are now the ones who'll introduce or in some cases reintroduce these great cars to past and future wrench turners!
Memories, memories are what make these cars and this hobby great. Keep the faith since you're the torch bearers... remember every conversation has a sender and a receiver, to keep these cars relevant we need to get these cars and conversations into places they can be seen and heard.
Appreciate you all, best wishes and happy new year
What makes you think that in 1985 nobody "gave a hoot" about satellites or Chargers? Do you think it has to do with the fact that Japanese ecoboxes were more popular? I do agree that the 80s weren't the best time for TD cars but don't forget that the GLH Omni was a success. I love Mopar muscle but I'm crazy over GLH Omnis.