Mopar: A Brief History

The term Mopar is synonymous with muscle and power. Car enthusiasts have adopted the word Mopar to describe their Chrysler built vehicles and related products.

Mopar or No Car

If you are a lucky owner of a Chrysler or Chrysler subsidiary built muscle car, you are likely familiar with this phrase. Maybe you don’t own a Mopar, but you can’t get enough of them! Either way, you know that there’s no substitute for style, speed and power and you know that Mopar is the only option. This phrase predominantly refers to Chrysler cars introduced in the 1950’s and on, as cars beforehand were no doubt well-built, but certainly not stylish. Today’s Mopar is the perfect combination of style and performance.

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History of Mopar

The name Mopar was introduced by Chrysler in the 1920’s, and used as an official Chrysler brand name of antifreeze in 1937. 

Since it’s conception, the term Mopar has been adopted by car enthusiasts to describe  vehicles and parts produced by the former Chrysler Corporation, now FCA US LLC. A larger group of vehicle brands commonly referred to as Mopars are Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Imperial, DeSoto, Ram Trucks as well as Jeep and AMC vehicles built after Chrysler’s 1987 buyout.

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Mopar Meaning

What is Mopar? Perhaps you have asked yourself, “Is it MOPAR or Mopar?”, or “Is Mopar an acronym?”. Well, interestingly enough, it is not an acronym. Technically, Mopar is something called a portmanteau (a word that combines the sounds and meanings of two others). It is derived from the words “Motor” and “Parts”. However, sometimes, Mopar is displayed in all capital letters, but not to describe an acronym. Instead, it represents the MOPAR® official brand of parts manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Vehicles US LLC.

Official Mopar Vehicles

There are no dedicated vehicle assembly lines held by MOPAR®, but there are 13 Mopar Customs Shops that are licensed to install parts and accessories on customer vehicles before delivery. 

There are, however, limited-edition versions of vehicles produced by FCA. One example of these limited-edition vehicles produced is the 2013 Dodge Dart in black with a Mopar Blue racing stripe that featured sport-tuned steering, premium breaks, lowered sport suspension, and gloss black 18-inch aluminum wheels with 225/40R18 performance tires.

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