Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sensible Shoes: 1964 Dodge Dart GT

by The Professor-- Today’s cherry pick comes from the lush green hills of Bristol TN, or it could be Bristol VA., depending on which side of State Street this thing is parked on. No matter, if you are looking for an example of basic 60’s American automotive conservatism, this one would be hard to ignore. This very presentable, drivers quality 1964 Dodge Dart GT offered for $7,500 via craigslist still wears the same fabrics and color that it left the factory with. Sensible shoes indeed.

Dodge milked the Dart name plate ran from 1960 to 1976, with this clean example representing the third generation of the design. The single headlamp setup presents a clean and uncluttered, if owl eyed look. Kind of like Grand Pa’s eyes peering out from under those thick glasses as he heads down to the Elks Lodge for a quick snort.

Check out that totally uncluttered, near pristine engine bay, where the legendary 225 slant six resides. That looks to be the original radiator, lending credence to the 95k actual mileage claim. I’d be tempted to serve breakfast on that inner fender well, except that I’d be afraid to get it dirty.

 This brings us to the interior, complete with bucket seats, presumably part of the GT option package.  The dash is another exercise in design simplicity, with speedometer and full complement of gages. Notice the lack of transmission selector behind the non-original steering wheel? In an attempt to be different, gear selection was provided via a series of vertical buttons on the left side of the dash. Throw in the factory am radio, what else did you need in 1964? A quick internet search should render up an original steering wheel, it looks like that’s about all this car needs to put it back in proper order.

Pull onto the lawn in the drivers class area at the local AACA chapter car show and you’ll get knowing head nods of approval. Set your lawn chair out by the front bumper and get ready for the comments of older guys as they walk past. “Hey, my Grand Pa had one of those.” See a cleaner, non-tattered drivers class bargain that gets you into local car shows with genuine old school cred for under 8 Grand?  tips@dailyturismo.com

The Professor is an old car and motorcycle loose nut who is currently working on the largest international science project in the world, a full scale fusion energy reactor being built in the South of France.


  1. A cousin to Tommy's "Sleek Black Beauty." Tom Magliozzi, half of Click & Clack The Tappet Brothers, a Saturday morning tradition on NPR, was also a professor (at MIT).

  2. Some inspiration for getting my '66 Dart back on the road.

    That one is in much nicer shape than what I started with, which is especially important with early Darts as a lot of small trim pieces were one year only items.

  3. I count 5 wheels that need replacement, the shoes are sensible but just not right. Didn't these come with ridiculous 13 inch wheels? I remember having one of these and trying to buy tires for it until I discovered that it had no brakes because the firewall was so rusted that the master cylinder had broken loose.

  4. I hear you, Hugh. The seller did point out that the wheels were not original, but they are brand correct, and undoubtedly look a sight better than the dish hub caps it must have come with. Also, I don't think they could be 13" wheels, that would just be sooo wrong.

  5. No, they came with 13 inch wheels on the 9 inch brakes and 14 inch wheels were optional with the 10 inch brakes. Put the 14s on the nine inch drums and the car doesn't stop so well.

    Those 13 inchers were so awful. How they could put that amazing engine in such a pile of near adequacy.

  6. A manifold and 4 barrel carb are still available for the 225. Add a ,ild cam and custom exhaust and viola!

  7. Seems like a sweet deal. I like the idea of hopping up the slant 6. Leave the automatic and the wheels.

  8. My Moms 69 Dart had 13 inch tires i sold her some tires off my V-8 Vega that also 13 inch rubber.
    The later 340 Darts cars are all 14 inch. The above Factory wheels are from 1970 was the first year.

  9. Well then there is the new Fiat Dodge Dart so the beat goes on....!

  10. Yeah, I realized I hadn't included the new Dart, kind of like that Mitsubishi/Dodge Challenger. Probably best forgotten.

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