Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The Big Three all rolled out compacts in the early '60s, and Dodge's Dart GT was the standard bearer for the Mopar crowd. With a numbers-matching 273 cubic inch V8 that loves to rev, lightweight bodywork, and a capable suspension, this 43,342 actual mile 1967 Dodge Dart GT survivor offers incredible preservation with original paint and interior. Take a closer look, they don't get more original than this.
The neat little Dart got all the same cool styling tricks that its big brothers received and looks like nothing else on the road, then or now. Obviously inspired by the jet age, the look is instantly identifiable as Mopar and it's obvious that they didn't skimp on design even though the Dart was built to be affordable. Code T Medium Copper is this car's original color, and we know that because amazingly this 54-year-old Boomer is still wearing the same clothes it was given at the factory. That's right, every square-inch of this Dart is coated in original paint, and if you're skeptical, take a look at the verified low-mileage. As you might expect, this Dart has picked up a few 'character' traits along the way, and we'd characterize the appearance squarely in the 'driver' quality portion of the spectrum. But we wouldn't go so far using the word 'patina', because it still retains a very good shine and uniformity throughout. Sure, you'll run out of fingers and toes when counting all the minor bumps-and-bruises, but the curb appeal is still very striking and there's nothing quite like survivor-grade paint. The extremely solid bodywork shows very well underneath the light color, and the many interesting features that highlight the Dart are highlighted in crisp detail. Panel fitment is exactly as it was when this Dart left the factory, with even gaps, flush panel alignment (well, as flush as Mopar could get it in 1967), and laser-straight lines and original panels. There's also plenty of beautiful original chrome and brightwork that helps hide its economy car origins, including the trim that's atop the body crease and runs end-to-end, the ornate vertical grill up front, and the incredibly bright bumpers fore and aft that are the perfect endcaps. All the glass is likely original to the car as well, and quite frankly there's nothing better than the largely unobstructed view inside a pillarless, hardtop coupe like this.
As a real-deal GT, bucket seats are welcome upgrades in an otherwise utilitarian interior a staple of the Mopar brand. That all-original Copper vinyl upholstery is incredibly cool and highlights a functional and attractive interior, and because of the low mileage it's still in impressive shape. Sure, there are some comfort marks, mostly centralized around the driver's seat bolsters where you'd expect, but it's immediately obvious that whoever entered this car was first told to wipe their feet, tuck in their shirt, and comb their hair. Bright trim on the seats and original door panels kicks things up a notch, and matches the highly detailed instrument panel which has the look of a high-end vintage wristwatch from the '60s. A wide horizontal speedometer anchors the dashboard, with squared-off auxiliary gauges at the flanks, and the dual-ring steering wheel continues the copper-and-chrome theme. There's an original Music Master AM radio in the center of the dash, and just above it are the controls for the factory A/C system that pumps cold air through original vents below the dash. The original headliner above is taut and in great shape, while the carpets below have been protected with clear plastic coverings that rivals your Great-Grandma's most meticulous living room couch. Despite the "compact" categorization, the back seat has plenty of room for two and there's a big trunk out back which is ideal for cruises and long-distance trips and includes an original fitted mat.
The 273 cubic inch V8 is the car's original, numbers matching powerplant and makes all the right sounds when you turn the key. Don't let its size fool you, because taking weight out is the same as putting horsepower in, so this Dart is entertaining on the street. It's detailed with bright red engine enamel, a set of matching red valve covers, and the original, snorkeled black air cleaner up top. The engine's been lightly warmed over a bit but still only has 43K miles on the clock, and if you're familiar with Mopar small blocks you know it's got a long way to go before it needs any serious work. The 2-bbl carburetor on top sips gas about as conservatively as you'll ever find on a vintage V8, although the motor still has plenty of pop and spins a smooth-shifting Torqueflight 3-speed automatic transmission below. There are signs of meticulous maintenance throughout and the engine bay is clean enough to show-off with great pride at the next cruise-in. The story is the same underneath where the chassis is clean and incredibly solid, while the long
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