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1962 Dodge Dart
1962 Dodge Dart 440

1962 Dodge Dart

In its 3rd year, the Dart was completely restyled.  The Seneca, Pioneer and Phoenix series’ were dropped and the Dart 330 and 440 series were added.  The Dart series was the base trim level and the Dart 330 the intermediary.  The new Dart 440, the top trim line, with its standard 318 V8 engine claimed to accelerate 9% better than last year’s comparable model from 0 to 60 and averaged between 17 and 19 mpg.  Dodge reduced dead weight by taking 60 lbs from the automatic transmission, 5 lbs from the starter, eliminating excess chrome and overhang creating a new power-to-weight ratio (as much as 1 horse for every 11 lbs). 

Continuing on from previous years is the Torsion-Aire Suspension with torsion bars up front and asymmetrical leaf springs in back offer less lean and sway than with coil springs.   A welded unitized body provided maximum strength and rigidity helping to eliminate squeaks, creaks and rattles. Wrapping up the exterior was a seven stage rustproofing process of dips and sprays after which two coats of epoxy primer and two baked-on coats of Lustre-Bond Hi Baked Enamel sealed the outside to offer better protection.

Options included a Push Button Transmission, Push Button Radios, Dart Forced Air Ventilation, Variable Speed windshield wipers, Padded Dash, Glare-proof Rear View Mirror, Wheel Covers, White Wall Tires, Back-up Lights, Power Steering, Power Brakes.

1962 Dodge Dart Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price
Shipping Weight
Total Production
Dart Series
SD1/2 413/513 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,297/$2,404 3,000/3,170 lbs Note 1
SD1/2 411/511 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,241/$2,348 2,970/3,435 lbs Note 1
SD1/2 456/556 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,644/$2,751 3,270/3,435 lbs Note 1
Dart 330 Series
SD1/2M 423/523 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,432/$2,478 3,000/3,170 lbs Note 2
SD1/2M 421/521 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,375/$2,530 2,965/3,135 lbs Note 2
SD1/2M 422/522 2 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $2,463/$2,607 2,985/3,155 lbs Note 2
SD1/2M 466/566 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,739/$2,906 3,275/3,435 lbs Note 2
SD1/2M 567 4 dr Station Wagon - 9P $2,949 3,500 lbs Note 2
Dart 440 Series
SD1H/2H 433/533 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,584/$2,691 3,045/3,205 lbs Note 3
SD1H/2H 432/532 2 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P $2,606/$2,731 3,025/3,185 lbs Note 3
SD2H 534 4 dr Hardtop Sedan - 6P $2,763 3,260 lbs Note 3
SD2H 535 2 dr Convertible - 6P $2,945 3,285 lbs Note 3
SD2H 576 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,989 3,460 lbs Note 3
SD2H 577 4 dr Station Wagon - 9P $3,092 3,530 lbs Note 3

Note:

1. Model year production for full-sized Dodge was 165,861. A total of 48,100 were Darts. Total station wagon production totaled 24,400. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
2. A total of 25,500 were Dart 330s. Total station wagon production totaled 24,400. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
3. A total of 37,800 were Dart 440s. Total station wagon production totaled 24,400. Individaul breakdowns are not available.

Side Note:

In 1962, Dodge built 13,500 two-door sedans; 85,163 four-door sedans; 21,499 two-door hardtops; 13,130 four-door hardtops; 6,024 convertibles; 19,124 two-seat station wagons; 7,421 three-seat station wagons. No individual breakdowns are available for body styles.

Chassis Specifications

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Dart 116 in 202 in 76.5 in 59.4 in 57.5 in 6.50 x 14
Dart Station Wagon 116 in 210 in 76.5 in 59.4 in 57.5 in 7.00 x 14

 

1962 Dodge VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were stamped on a metal plate on the left front door pillar.
 
First Symbol - Model/Engine
4 = Dart - six cylinder 6 = Dodge Custom 880 V8
5 = Dart V8 / Polara 7 = Lancer 170 / 770 / GT
Second Symbol - Series
1 = Lancer 170 / Dart / 880 7 = Lancer 770 / Dart 440 station wagon
2 = Dart 330 8 = Taxicab
3 = Lancer 770 / Dart 440 9 = Police Special
5 = Lancer 170 / Dart Custom station wagon 10 = Fleet car
6 = Dart 330 station wagon  
Third Symbol - Year
2 = 1962
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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