Classic Car Overview
This 1975 Dodge Dart Swinger was Chryslers way of building a budget performance car without raising any eyebrows: a lively Slant 6, lightweight package, and some choice options. Today, these cars might be considered ideal sleepers, as their unassuming looks and reputation as Grandmas grocery getters allow people to forget that they use their ideal power-to-weight ratio quite effectively, making them very fun drivers. With 53,837 believed actual miles, this well-preserved survivor is ready to burst out of its time-capsule and back onto the streets. OK so its not a Hemi-powered Road Runner, but it would be a mistake to underestimate this cool little Dart hardtop. Nicely preserved with good, straight original bodywork and survivor-grade code Y-4 Golden Fawn finish, this is definitely a car thats spent its entire life sleeping in a warm garage. Sure, it has plenty of character marks and light patina, and even a spot of surface rust can be sniffed out here and there, but its only original once and the look can never be replicated. The combination of the off-yellow paint and tan vinyl top practically defines the decade, but the brightwork down the length of the body and along the rockers breaks it up just enough to add a little excitement. Fit and finish are pretty impressive for such an affordable car, and its nice to see that they didnt feel the need to spruce it up with fake hood scoops and extraneous stripes. The front grille is rather ornate and imposing, like so many of them were from this era, and it too is in great shape at the head of the car, offset by the more mellow tail panel. Chrome bumpers look heavy-duty enough to fit on the front of a locomotive and they shine up quite nicely, and even though Jimmy Carter and the Feds did all they could to ruin the look of them with all the new safety measures, Mopar always managed to style them just right at the bookends of their cars. The bench seat interior was standard Dart fare, but this one is almost entirely original and it has a really cool utilitarian Mopar look. A thick-rimmed, woodgrain Grant GT is the most obvious modification at the head of the cockpit, bringing a futuristic feel to the economy-minded Dart interior, and with a full set of original gauges, nice tan carpets, and an undamaged dash adorned with woodgrain and a crack-free pad, it all fits together quite nicely. Theres a heater that still works, and other than the swapped-in Sony AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit in the center of the dash, everything else is stock spec. Were pretty sure that the 53,837 miles showing on the odometer are authentic (although this is always difficult to prove with 100% certainty on a classic car), and the condition of the interior certainly bears this out. Theres a good-sized back seat and the trunk offers plenty of space as well as a correct mat that fits right. You can almost dismiss the 225 cubic inch slant six as an economy car engine, but in the lightweight Dart, it delivers lively performance. Legendary durability means that you can have fun without worries and parts are still easy to find so service is never a worry. It still wears a semblance of its original and correct coat of corporate turquoise engine enamel, plus the original snorkeled air cleaner on top of it, so everything looks quite authentic and right where it should be. There are signs of maintenance throughout, including a newer alternator and battery, but you also have original components still working great like the black radiator, original valve cover, and stock exhaust manifolds that all offer additional evidence that this is a clean, low-mileage, and highly original car. A 3-speed automatic transmission links to the original rear end, which has highway-friendly gears inside so this is a relaxed cruiser. The floors are ultra-solid, theres a newer single exhaust system with a chambered muffler, and air shocks hang out back. Factory steel wheels adorned with correct Dodge hubcaps look great and wear 195/75/14 thin whitewall radials that finish off the look perfectly. If you like original cars and lots of fun per dollar, this Dart Swinger delivers. Call today!