From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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Some of our favorite creations are the cars that the factory could have built but didnt. This 1968 Dodge Dart is such a machine, a street version of the Hemi drag cars Chrysler built to dominate the strip. With 472 cubic inches, B5 Blue paint, and a power-to-weight ratio of, say, a cruise missile, its one mans ultimate Mopar. Dodges flyweight Dart proved the old adage that taking weight out was just as effective as putting horsepower in. But what if you did both, then painted it Mopars favorite color, B5 Blue? Well, youd have this incredible Dart. Built from a rust-free V8 car, it was treated to the best of everything, professionally engineered, and fully sorted on the mean streets. The little Dart is one of Chryslers best styling efforts, clearly Mopar but not ashamed to be mid-sized. A few modifications get it closer to its race car roots, including fiberglass front fenders and rear fenders that were subtly re-sized to handle the giant meats underneath. The brilliant show-quality paint means that keeping it on the DL is going to be a challenge, and with that gaping garage door of a hood scoop, you need to be careful that the Hemi doesnt inhale any small birds. All the chrome was refinished to show standards, the stainless was polished, and theres just no such thing as a race car that ever looked this good. The interior is anything but race car basic, wearing fresh upholstery by Legendary, which includes a pair of simply gorgeous bucket seats. The Darts original dash was retained and all the gauges rebuilt, but theyre augmented with a high-mounted tach and oil pressure gauge that look suitably vintage, and theyre both a good idea with almost 700 horsepower on tap. There is no radio and Im disappointed that youd even ask, because the sound of the Hemi should be more than adequate. A Hurst 4-speed shifter with reverse lock-out has been mounted between the seats and works even better than the old pistol-grip setup you might have admired when this car was new. The back seat is gone and theres a cage that makes it moot anyway, but it has been beautifully upholstered back there suggesting that this was a very expensive build. Even the side windows are Lexan, just to keep it authentic. The trunk is correctly detailed with a reproduction and carries the battery, because theres just no room left under the hood. The reason for that is the 472 cubic inch crate Hemi thats rated at a mind-boggling 680 horsepower. With a Mopar Performance cross-ram intake, dual 850 Holleys, and a lot of chrome, its both scary fast and beautiful to look at. Inside theres an Eagle crank, Scat H-beam rods, Ross 10.75:1 pistons, and a Comp Cams solid lifter camshaft. The inner fenders and firewall have been smoothed and painted, and theres a correct Hemi K-member to hold it in place. And while theres no power steering or brakes, the car remains quite street-friendly. The transmission is an A833 18-spline 4-speed fed by a Centerforce clutch and spinning a Dana 60 with 4.10 gears on a limited slip. Front discs and rear drums make up the braking system, and the custom exhaust system is a work of art all by itself. The floors are finished as beautifully as the bodywork and the tub is reinforced with a set of weld-in subframe connectors. It even captures the vintage race vibe with Cragar mags and 6.70-15 skinnies up front and 10.5x29.5-15 slicks in back. With build documents and only test and tune miles, this is one brutal performance car that you can buy with confidence and enjoy with impunity. Call today!
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472 HEMI V8
4 Speed Manual
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