I may be in the minority, but I’ve always liked the look of this generation of Darts. Even though these were sold in the Mopar lineup as basic transportation, the squared-off styling (with a few rocket-age flourishes like the sharply angled c-pillar) goes from staid to striking with the addition of fat rear tires, mag wheels, and era-appropriate olive green paint. The 340 and 4-speed powertrain is perfect for a street thumper, and the grandma-spec horizontal speedometer and vinyl bench seat complete the look – and I LOVE the pistol-grip shifter sticking up from the floor like a king’s scepter. The column-mounted mammoth tachometer with the retina-searing shift light isn’t my style, but fits with the street-racer theme going on here. Since these were cheap cars in their day, clean survivors are more difficult to find, and this one looks worth every bit of the asking price.
November 7, 2011
As Seen on Craigslist – 1969 Dodge Dart