Pick of the Day: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

The Dodge Dart GTS is equipped with the performance package
The Dodge Dart GTS is said to be a low-mileage original  survivor

Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here’s one that most certainly is. That’s because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale.

The Pick of the Day, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler’s AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number, according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Dodge Viper

The 1993 Dodge Viper is in great condition with fewer than 10,000 miles on its odometer
The 1993 Dodge Viper is in great condition with fewer than 10,000 miles on its odometer

The early 1990s saw the beginning of the true modern era for sports cars. It also was when performance cars started being loaded up with such features as all-wheel drive, traction control, stability control and other electronic nannies that made them easier to drive them faster but not necessarily more fun to drive.

Dodge, thanks to such visionary people as Bob Lutz, had a different idea. Why not create a superfast throwback sports car in the same vein as the original Shelby Cobra? So they started up a secret plan to create just that car, and they even went to the man himself, Carroll Shelby, for guidance. What emerged in 1991 was the Dodge Viper. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe

1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff's car
1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff’s car

The advertisement for this car on ClassicCars.com didn’t share as much information about the 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe as we’d like to see — one, brief, four-sentence paragraph and only nine photos. Nonetheless, what the ad does include certainly caught my eye, and my tendency toward nostalgia. Continue reading

Driven: Vipers and Hellcats run wild at Bondurant driving school

A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school's purpose-built track | Bondurant School of High Performance driving
A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school’s purpose-built track | Bondurant

So there I was, piloting a 645-horsepower Dodge Viper around the tight turns of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. And seated next to me was the man himself, Bob Bondurant, instructing me on how to get the car around the track in the shortest time possible. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi re-creation

The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper
The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper

Ordinarily, I might pass up this cool-looking Hemi Challenger because it’s not a true factory R/T muscle car but a re-creation. This one, though, has great celebrity provenance as the personal car of shock rock’s greatest anti-hero, Alice Cooper.

Suitably painted Sublime Green, the Pick of the Day has been restored as a 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi R/T S/E coupe, powered by what the Scottsdale, Arizona, dealer describes as a “real date-coded, vintage, dual-quad street 426 Hemi.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster

The 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster looks to be an original custom sports car built in period
The 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster looks to be an original custom sports car built in period

Cool sports cars, rakishly styled to emulate the race cars of the day, go back almost to the beginning of the automobile. By the 1920s, two-seat roadsters built on the chassis of regular sedans were all the rage, from the high and mighty coachbuilt luxury motorcars to those with more common origins.

The Pick of the Day is a sharp-looking example of the latter variety, a 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster that apparently was customized in period as a cut-down racer with lowered seats and a tail section that tapered downward, and with an adventurous-looking pair of spare tires mounted on the rear deck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Dodge Dart Demon

1972 Dodge Dart Demon
1972 Dodge Dart Demon

For the 1971 model year, Dodge got its hands on the two-door hardtop bodywork of the Duster model that Plymouth had introduced the previous year. The Dodge version, called the Demon, became part of the brand’s compact Dart range even though it rode on a shorter (by three inches) wheelbase and was some four inches shorter overall than the other Dart models.

But what the Demon lacked in size, it more than made up for in performance options. While the famed slant-6 engine was standard, a Demon could be equipped with Chrysler’s 340cid V8, floor-mounted three-speed manual gearbox and Rallye Suspension. A “Sizzler” package added graphics, special wheels — including the steering wheel — racing mirrors and more. Also optional was a hood with dual air scoops. Continue reading

‘Cuda, Challenger ‘pilot cars’ readied for Mecum Florida auction

The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is one of the first Challengers ever built | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is one of the first Challengers ever built | Mecum Auctions

A pair of exceptional Mopar pre-production “pilot cars” from the new-model changeover year of 1970 – Plymouth ‘Cuda and Dodge Challenger R/T convertibles, each of them the first of their kind equipped with the 440 Six Pack engine option – will be auctioned by Mecum at the January sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Dodge Demon

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1972 Dodge Demon listed on ClassicCars.com

If a jack-o-lantern swallowed a race car, the byproduct would be this 1972 Dodge Demon. Essentially a standard Dart sedan with a sporty two-door resemblance to the Plymouth Duster, the Dodge Demon had some bite to it. Back in the day, these cars weren’t necessarily fast muscle machines, or on the same playing field as Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers, but they were regarded as economy performance cars.

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