|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
|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|
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.
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.
|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.|