D is for dee little things that make a car awesome. The chrome, horizontal lines of the second-generation Dart wear like a pinstriped suit, compared to the 1967+ cut-off AC/DC shirt worn by a guy who steals your girlfriend’s corn dog at the state fair. This Dart has the benefit of the 273 V8, empowering you to confidently tell Mr. AC/DC Shirt where he can stick that corn dog. Find 1965 Dodge Dart convertible in Denver, CO for $12,000 via craigslist.
Convertible versions of the third-generation Dart avoid the ungainly angles of the 2-door hardtop’s C-pillar, which also create blind spots. The 273 V8, featured here with Edelbrock intake, Holley 4-barrel carbs, and 2.5″ exhaust, is the power plant of choice around here. High durability doesn’t compensate for the Slant-6’s non-crossflow heads and cast-iron manifolds.
A 904 three-speed automatic means you don’t get to change gears yourself. However, you don’t have to restore everything yourself either, which brings us to the point of owning a car: driving it. With this lightly resto-modded Dart, you could spend time driving instead of hunting down trim and buying an encyclopedia to research how to rebuild a ball and trunion U-joint.
Look at that glorious lump of Chrysler iron, good for a solid 250 horsepower. Vroom vroom, maroon.
PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.
This post is part of Daily Turismo’s 2nd Birthday Celebration — DT’s ABCs.