Craigslist Find: 1962 Dodge Dart Deserves Driving

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Dodge Dart, a lot of things come to mind, but the 1962 model is not one of them. Thanks to this example here, though, maybe it will in the future. Here, then, for your consideration is a car that might make you rethink the Dart. Check it out.
The second-generation Dart is an interesting interpretation of early 60’s car styling: it sits low, with plenty of glass all around, but with complicated body lines and shapes that evoke the big cruisers of the previous decade, along with those stacked taillights. There was definitely a shift in consumer taste, and the Dart was right in the middle of it.
This one lead the charge for Chrysler with a “Poly” V8 of unknown displacement under the hood. Caveat emptor, though:
From the ad:

All glass is very nice,body is great,chrome is nice and all there,trunk is nice with original jack and still has card board in there,motor is #s matching and was running when parked 10 yes ago,all original and low 65xxx original miles,original keys,complete dash,has push button automatic, original hubcaps there,rolls and steers,interior all original in decent shape,these are rare and in great shape 1 owner car but no title if he finds it buyer will get it ,this cat is cheap so come get it it has amazing body lines cash only call

Yep, ran when parked. Judging by the tires, I’m curious as to how it was driven when it was parked. As the seller mentions, the interior is actually in decent shape for its age, but it will need a lot of work.
It’s kind of amazing that this car only exists because of some bad intel from someone eavesdropping on GM execs. To my mind, this is a full-size car, no matter how big the other guys were doing them. The snout on this second-generation Dart is almost as long as the rest of the car, and the interior is comfortably sized, to say the least.
But that’s just me. Is this a nice price at $1500, or is this RWP just too much work?
[Source: Springfield Craigslist]

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  1. mr smee Avatar
    mr smee

    These are just spectacularly ugly. Wasn’t there a rumour that Virgil Exner knew he was getting fired so drew up this crap to exact revenge?

    1. Alff Avatar

      This car is so artless one could believe that Exner thought his orders were to “dodge d’art”.

  2. Moparmann Avatar

    My goodness! This is the spitting image of my first car, a hand me down from my dad! The only differences I can see, are the front bumper guards, and mine was the 440 4 door hardtop! Incidentally, it is STILL w/ the family having gone from me to brother, to sister, to nephew..although it currently is not operational. (c: Just looked at the Craigslisting, apparently, the “440” emblem is missing from the right front fender, and this does appear to be the hardtop version. (c:

  3. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    I never have liked the Angry Warthog years.

  4. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Dreadful Dodge Dart Definitely Demands Driving in Demolition Derby.

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    If it is the original engine, the Poly in this car displaces 318 cubic inches.

  6. XRSevin Avatar

    I had a white-over-red two-door post version of one of these in the late ’80s. I got pulled over in Beverly Hills just for driving something that ugly through town.

  7. hubba Avatar

    This is a car with no redeeming value except as a parts car for a drag racing replica.

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