Dodge Dart: Why You Should Have This Car

Evolution of Dodge Dart from a small to a complete compact car

The Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation built the Dodge Dart from 1950 to 1976. It was initially built in North America. Later the production was extended to other markets as well. In 2013 the Dodge was re-launched as a nameplate.

The name ‘Dart’ came from a design by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia in a show car in 1957. The full sized Dodge was introduced to the public as a low priced car with short wheelbase in 1960 and 1961. In 1962 it became a mid-sized car. Finally during 1963-1976 it became a compact car.

Initially the Dodge was introduced as a replacement to the 1976 model year. It was later discontinued in the U.S. and Canadian market. In the words of McLaughlin, vice president of Chrysler Automotive Sales Division- "The Dart was one of the most successful compact cars ever introduced in the American automobile marketplace," "It enjoys a strong owner loyalty and is a car that has established a reputation for reliability and value...these are reasons why we will continue to market the Dart while introducing the new compact Aspen."

The Dart replaced with Aspen

The latter part of 1976 saw the A-body Dart being replaced by the F-body Dodge Aspen. To adjust to the changing automobile market the compact car segment was expanded with the introduction of the Omni for Dodge. These again got replaced by the front wheel drive Aries and other import models. The Dodge economy car segment got replaced with the Shadow and Spirit. These were again replaced with the Neon. Finally in 2013, after 13 long years the Dodge Dart was reintroduced as a nameplate to replace the Caliber as a compact passenger car.

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Technical Characteristics of Dodge Dart

Technical Characteristics of 1968 Dodge Dart GT Convertible produced by Dodge (US).

Body Type Drop-head coupe (cabriolet; convertible) 2 doors / 4 seats
Weight 1374 Kg
Length 4963 mm
Height 1356 mm
Wheelbase 2819 mm
Front Track 1458 mm
Rear Track 1412 mm
Ground Clearance n/a
Fuel Capacity 68 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels Rear wheel drive
Steering recirculating ball
Fuel Supply System n/a
Max Power 192HP (141 kW) @ 4400 rpm
Max Torque 353Nm @ 2000 rpm
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 4492 cc
Bore 92 mm
Stroke 84 mm
Cam Design OHV - Overhead Valves
Cylinders 8 IN V
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 16
Compression Ratio 8.8:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes Dr
Rear Brakes Dr
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres n/a
Suspension Front I.TB.
Suspension Rear LA.SE.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 3
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 10.1 l/100km
Road 6.9 l/100km
Mixt 8.1 l/100km