Dodge Dart
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Dodge
Model: Dart
Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart was an automobile built by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1960 until 1976. It was released as a lower-priced, shorter wheelbase, full-size Dodge in 1960 and 1961, and later became a mid-size car in 1962. By 1963 it was a compact car, which it continued to be so until 1976. Some may remember the 'Dart' name from somewhere else and that is because Dodge also used 'Dart' on a Ghia-built show car in the 1950s. The first Dodge Darts to hit the market were full-size cars that were developed to replace the Plymouth as the low-priced car for the Dodge dealerships. The history behind this is that the Dodge dealers had been selling Plymouths since 1930, but divisional restructuring in 1960 took Plymouth away from the Dodge dealer network. Thus the need for something new. The Dart was a shorter wheelbase full-size car as opposed to the standard-size Dodge line, and it was based on the Plymouth platform. The Dart could be had in three trim levels: the entry-level Seneca, the mid-range Pioneer, and the better equipped Phoenix. The Dart and its sister model, the Plymouth Valiant, were significantly remade for the 1967 model year. In addition to new styling, the cars steering systems were upgraded, including wider front track and redesigned K-members capable of accepting physically larger engines. The Dart remained on this basic form, be it with a few facelifts such as a revised front and rear end and interior trim, until the end of A-body production in 1976. The Dodge Dart did remain in production until a little later for the South American markets, specifically until 1983. The Dart was definitely better received in the Southern American markets than in the Northern American markets and the reason for this is not particularly stated.

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