Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tan Classic: 1974 Plymouth Duster

Compare this car to the previous pile of Dodge parts that we featured -- that was a late 70s Diplomat with big bumpers, unfun smog equipment, and the fetid stink of the malaise era -- but THIS is a sweet early 70s classic with legit street cred.  Find this 1974 Plymouth Duster offered for $12,000 in Reno, NV via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

The Duster was the fastback version of the Plymouth Valiant, which was just a Plymouth branded version of the Dodge Dart.  It is the uncle to the Dodge Diplomat, but so much cooler in every possible aspect of being a car.

Yes, this uses a similar 318 cubic inch V8 to the Diplomat, but it is rated at 150 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs of torque.  Big brother had already started clamping down on the fun average folks were having with cars, but the big change from 1971 to 1972 was actually based on the change from SAE gross to SAE net measurement systems, and practically zero difference in vehicle performance (under the old rating system this car would have put out 230 hp).

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  1. Very clean, but I have a problem seeing $12K of value in a pretty basic Duster, and a '74 at that. Of course they say there is a bum for every seat...

  2. My friends mom had one of these with a four speed. It was fairly "sporty" for the era. The torsion bar suspensions on these cars gave a good ride and very little body lean in the corners.

  3. Most came with the 225 slant 6. This would maje a great car for a very mild custom car. 4 barrel, headers, dual exhaust and some nice wheels. Vroom!

  4. I cant believe that a basic thousand buck stripper driver with a slushbox has a 12 grand ask. But then stranger things have happened in out Bizarro world...see the White House.


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