You could be forgiven for doing a quick double take - and this immaculate original 1967 US GT Dodge Dart is now for sale. The Godfather of the Australian VF/VG Valiant Coupes, including the mighty Pacer which was based on this US model.
The Dart and its sister model—the Plymouth Valiant—were substantially redesigned in the USA for the 1967 model year. In addition to new styling, the cars received revised steering systems, wider front track and frame rail spacing, and redesigned K-members capable of accepting larger engines. The Dart would keep this basic form, with facelifts consisting of revised front and rear end styling and interior trim, until the end of A-body production in 1976 for North America and 1981 for South America.
The restyled Dart for 1967 featured a rear window with compound inverse curves. This created a unique appearance at the rear of the greenhouse, but tended to collect snow and created thick C-pillars that looked formal but created blindspots for drivers. Curved side glass was used for the first time on a Chrysler compact. Up front, there was a new dual-plane front end contour: the center section of the grille, bumper and leading edge of the hood were recessed from the front plane of the car. The single headlamps were placed forward of the recessed center section, defining the front plane. Park/turn lamps were set into the grille, in the corners formed by the transition area between the recessed and forward sections. This same front end treatment, with minor cosmetic changes to the grille and the park/turn lamps relocated to the front bumper, was also used by Chrysler Australia for their 1967 VE-model Valiant.
The 1967 redesign removed all traces of the older Virgil Exner styling that proved less popular by the early 1960s. The newer body was trimmer and proved extremely popular, causing sales of the Dart to surpass the compact models from Ford and GM.
This lovely LHD example is running its original rebuilt 273 small block V8 motor, with rebuilt 727 TorqueFlite 3 speed auto box, with floor shifter and console. A genuine factory power steering and air conditioning car (air not installed). All mechanicals are in excellent service order. Immaculate paint and interior as can be seen in the photos.
Has factory build sheet , import papers and various sales brochures. A great turn-key classic cruising coupe. Located for inspection in ACT. ACT Rego included if required. (Ref. 5552)
727 TorqueFlite 3 Speed Auto