Chrysler bought hundreds of thousands of A-Physique Dodge Darts, Plymouth Valiants, and variations thereof world wide for greater than 20 years (for those who embody Australia and South America), and the sturdy 1963-1966 Darts (first era of the A-Physique model) as soon as swarmed each street within the land. Most of those automobiles had been smart commuters, however your Dodge dealer would promote you a Dart coupe with hardtop roof and snazzified inside for many who needed to be smart and a bit devilish. This is a kind of automobiles, a ’64 Dart GT with loads of extras, present in a Colorado junkyard near Pikes Peak.

The GT package on the 1964 Dart did not get you any go-fast {hardware}, but it surely did add bucket seats, a padded sprint, and even armrests.

These bucket seats would look acquainted to a Dodge A100 van proprietor, however the Dart GT variations had been nicer-looking.

The seats bought roasted fairly totally by the cruel Excessive Plains solar, however the cool-looking Dodge logos stay intact.

The supplier badge says this automotive began life in Omaha, Nebraska, an adjoining state to Colorado however nonetheless a 600-mile drive to this boneyard in Colorado Springs.

1964 was the primary 12 months for a factory-installed V8 engine within the A-Physique Dart, however this automotive has the bulletproof Slant-6 engine. If it is unique, then it is both the 170-cubic-inch (2.8-liter) model rated at 101 horsepower or the 225-cubic-inch (3.7-liter) model with 145 horses. Remember the fact that these are optimistic gross horsepower values, not the extra sensible web horsepower numbers we have seen because the early 1970s.

Three transmissions could possibly be had within the ’64 Dart: the bottom three-on-the-tree column-shift manual, the super-sporty four-on-the-floor manual, or the House Age pushbutton-actuated three-speed computerized. The four-speed was the selection for speed-crazed hot-rodders, however the pushbutton computerized was critically cool and that is what this automotive has.

Additionally very cool is the hardtop roof, with no ugly pillars between the door glass edges. Certain, this setup all the time made numerous wind noise and often leaked like loopy within the rain, however so what?

No fool lights right here! All the facility used by the car’s electrical system (apart from the starter motor) went by that ammeter on the proper, and so a failure of this gauge would strand you or possibly set the automotive on hearth. Fortunately, Darts seldom broke down.

As all the time occurs with automobiles left exterior for lengthy durations in Excessive Plains Colorado, rodents made their nests inside. Hantavirus awaits the careless elements shopper.

I am a little bit stunned that this automotive did not get grabbed and glued up previous to coming right here, as a result of it is a non-rusty coupe with numerous fascinating choices. I discover loads of 1960s Darts and Valiants in junkyards, however practically all of them are sedans or wagons. Colorado is one thing of an island, exhausting to get to from the main inhabitants facilities on the coasts, and so maybe everybody right here who desires an early A-Physique already has a half-dozen initiatives underway.

It will likely be crushed in just a few months, however earlier than then it ought to donate a few of its elements to native homeowners of Darts, Valiants, and Barracudas.

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