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1961 Dodge Dart
1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer

1961 Dodge Dart

In its second year, Dart continued with the success of the 3 economy friendly series line-up  – the Phoenix, Pioneer and Seneca. The Seneca was the base level available for the 1961 Dart, the Pioneer was the intermediate and the Phoenix was the top trim level. Each offered Torsion-Aire Ride and Total Contact Brakes and unitized body and chassis construction. Offering solid chrome-steel torsion bars in front and unsymmetrical leaf springs in the rear to absorb shock.

In 1961, Dodge offers 3 different automatic transmissions, each specifically designed for a particular engine.  For instance, the D-500 Ram-Induction V8 came with a TorqueFlite Automatic as standard.  Also available were the 2-speed PowerFlite automatic and 3-speed TorqueFlite with torque converter; all operated by instrument panel push buttons.   The standard engine was the all new Economy Slant 6 engine and came with a standard 3-speed manual. 

1961 Dodge Dart Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price
Shipping Weight
Total Production
Seneca Series
413/513 L41 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,330/$2,449 3,335/3,515 lbs Note 1
411/511 L21 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,278/$2,397 3,290/3,470 lbs Note 1
456/556 L45 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,695/$2,815 3,740/3,920 lbs Note 1
Pioneer Series
423/523 M41 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,459/$2,478 3,335/3,510 lbs Note 2
421/521 M21 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,410/$2,530 3,290/3,460 lbs Note 2
422/522 M23 2 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $2,488/$2,607 3,335/3,500 lbs Note 2
466/566 M45A 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,787/$2,906 3,740/3,940 lbs Note 2
467/567 M45B 4 dr Station Wagon - 9P $2,892/$3,011 3,825/4,005 lbs Note 2
Phoenix Series
433/533 H41 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,595/$2,715 3,350/3,535 lbs Note 3
434/534 H43 4 dr Hardtop Sedan - 6P $2,677/$2,796 3,385/3,555 lbs Note 3
432/532 H23 2 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $2,618/$2,737 3,325/3,520 lbs Note 3
435/535 H27 2 dr Convertible - 6P $2,988 3,580 lbs Note 3

Note:

1. A total of 66,100 were Senecas. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
2. A total of 38,600 were Pioneers. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
3. A total of 37,300 were Phoenixs. Individaul breakdowns are not available.

Side Note:

In 1961, Dodge built 20,625 two-door sedans; 97,201 four-door sedans; 22,156 two-door hardtops; 9,665 four-door hardtops; 4,361 convertibles; 20,697 six-passenger station wagons; 7,005 nine-passenger station wagons. No individual breakdowns are available for body styles.

Chassis Specifications

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Track Rear Track Tires
Dart 118 in 209.4 in 78.7 in - - 7.00 x 14
Dart Station Wagon 122 in 214.8 in 78.7 in - - 8.00 x 14

 

1961 Dodge VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were stamped on a metal plate on the left front door body hinge post.
 
First Symbol - Model/Engine
4 = Dart - six cylinder 7 = Lancer - six cylinder
5 = Dodge - V8  
Second Symbol - Series
1 = Seneca/Lancer 170 6 = Pioneer station wagon
2 = Pioneer 7 = Polara station wagon
3 = Phoenix/Lancer 770 8 = Taxicab
4 = Polara 9 = Police Special
5 = Seneca/ Lancer 170 Station Wagon 0 = Fleet car
Third Symbol - Year
1 = 1961
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
2 = Dodge Main 6 = Newark, DE
3 = Detroit (Jefferson) 7 = St. Louis, MO
5 = Los Angeles, CA  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

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