For the Love of God, Someone Please Buy this Dart

1968 Dodge Dart for sale…because I’m sick of looking at it. No, it’s not the staid mid-60s lines mixed with “banana is my favorite color” paint. In fact, it’s quite handsome, in its own purposeful way. With a built 440c.i. running through a built 727 hooked up to a 4.30:1 rearend it’s very purposeful. The real problem with this Dart is it just keeps coming up in my saved eBay searches. You see, this particular Dart has been for sale for at least five months. I know this because I just looked up a chat with Jeff from February 9th in which I suggest his muscle car impaired friend buy it. More info for the jumpers.
1968 Dodge Dart for saleOk, I lied. There’s really not much more to this car than the paint, and driveline. Per the seller:

  • 440 cubic inch 10:1 compression pump gas friendly engine
  • New bottom end by Ricks Machine Shop #2 in Lakeside
  • Newly rebuilt 727 Torqueflite transmission by Walt Bilt Transmissions in Oceanside
  • Hurst Pro-Matic 2 shifter
  • New Driveshaft by Driveline Vista
  • New 4.30 8 ¾ inch Sure-Grip Rear End
  • New Holley 9381 830 CFM Race Carburetor (no choke)
  • Edelbrock TM7 Intake Manifold
  • Custom Headers
  • Huge P275/60R15 rear BFG Radial T/A Tires
  • Extra rear set of massive P295/65R15 BFG g-Force T/A Drag Radials
  • 2 Lightweight Bucket Seats up front
  • Rear Seat removed and area carpeted
  • Roll Bar
  • Very nice interior
This is a “no excuses” car, docile enough for everyday driving but always ready to put a big hurt on any street poser or rice rocket!
1968 Dodge Dart for sale1968 Dodge Dart for sale
So yeah, a very fast, very yellow Dart for $10k, or best offer. Ten seems a bit steep, with seven to eight being more appropriate, but its perpetual re-listing suggests the seller’s thinking more like $9997.
Check it out on eBay motors with three days left on the auction. Not that we won’t see it again. Also, be sure to check out the seller’s massive collection of vintage magazines. You could read all about Car and Driver’s take on the 1982 Porsche 944!

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Oh, boo – all this trouble to make a neat SuperDart and it has an automatic…

    1. dculberson Avatar

      I share the love of manuals, but a muscle car really isn't let down too badly with an automatic. This is a straight line car, and automatics are not all that bad in a straight line.
      I would rock it. Not for $10k, but there is a price that would make this thing show up in my driveway. I'm not sure what that price is, but my lizard brain does. $5k and I would be knocking on the guy's door. Obviously that's too low for reality, though.
      Edit: I looked at the auction, and the exhaust ends in front of the rear axle. WHY do people do this? I had a '68 Country Sedan that came with an exhaust like that, and I always reeked of old car after driving it. No 60's car is going to have an airtight underbody; exhaust is GOING to get into the cabin. At least use some turn-outs to dump it in front of the rear tires. Cough cough.

      1. Mr_Biggles Avatar

        Why indeed. I've never understood the attraction of dumping it back near the axle. I don't wish to show my lack of edumacation, but is there some performance benefit to it that I don't see? Pre-heat the dif, maybe?
        Reek of old car is one thing, asphyxiation on your way through the drive-thru is quite another.

        1. engineerd Avatar

          I think the only performance benefit is in slightly reduced backpressure since you eliminate some bends around the rear axle. That and it's cheaper/easier to just end it before the axle.

    2. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

      Automatics shift faster, smoother (for traction), and more consistently then any manual driver could dream of. It's drag racing, it only needs to shift up as fast as possible.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        People say that about the paddle shifters on imports – faster shifts, better times. But I would buy this Dart for street fun, not the track. Give me a stick.

    3. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      The 4.30 rear end pretty much identifies it as a straight-line-¼-mile-at-a-time kind of ride. As everybody else has mentioned, automatics are much more suited to the task than a stick. If I was going to have such a beast and drive it on the street though, I think I'd install an overdrive and/or raise the ratio to at least 4.11 or even 3.93 or so just to keep the revs manageable at highway speeds.

  2. Seth L Avatar
    Seth L

    It's a sign, you need to buy it.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Nice, but 10k is too steep. Maybe in 5 more months, it will be about right for this Goldilocks.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    According to the engineerd Fair Market Value™ TRS-80 (I updated!), $10,000 is a bit rich for this car. The average price on eBay Motors for Dodge Darts of that vintage with few mods, but in good shape, was $5630. I added bonus points for General Awesomeness (no nonsense cars like this are awesome) and tossed in some cash for the mods. This brought the eFMV™ price to $8600.
    Wait, Mr. Science said $7000 to $8000 and he doesn't have a TRS-80 running the proprietary eFMV™ pricing algorithm…or does he?

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      My algorithms are so sophisticated, they take a 486DX2 to run. 80MHz, at least.

  5. Balestra Avatar

    Sweet setup, but I´m a bit tired of Darts…

    1. Alff Avatar

      Jalopnik Brasil? I didn't know there was such a thing.

  6. Hopman Avatar

    For $500, I'll buy it & run it a LeMons. It's already a LEMON color!

  7. TahoeDart Avatar

    I am the one who ended up buying this car. It has been a blast, swapped out the entire rear end for a fabricated Moser rear end with new axles, put in 3.23 gears, new carb, new distributor, coil, and ignition box (was running on points), new tires, wheels, front disk brakes, new master cylinder and prop valve, Mopar Performance valve covers, and the list goes on.

  8. Tommy Avatar

    I ended up being the buyer on this car. We converted it over to more of a daily driver/auto cross/pro touring car and it is spending the winter in Yuma with my good friend Dan in his shop DTM Racing. We just rebuilt from the block up a 5.2 Magnum basically the only thing left from above is the body.