You are 100% correct Topside, it is THAT Darrell Davis! Ive gotten to know Darrell through email and Social Media over the past few years after owning a 1961 Polara D500 Ram Induction car that was talked about in Darrell's book on the 61 Dodge D500's. He had a post on Facebook a few weeks ago that he was going to be sending the Neon to auction shortly... that is what sparked this article!
The opening mentions the Duster (Sundance) as an alternative last Plymouth. That would not be possible as the Shadow/Sundance was replaced by the Neon twins.
Not quite, I was looking for a "final farewell worthy" of Plymouths of the past. No need to remake something from the past, and honestly the 5-speed Neon is close to the Sundance Duster...it just needed significantly more power than the base model, a spoiler, firmer suspension, etc. and it'd be something special.