By Patrick Rall
The Dodge Dart is known by most American consumers as a super efficient yet adequately sporty compact sedan but before the Dart was the Fiat-inspired compact that we know today – it was one of the original low-cost muscle cars. Those who couldn’t foot the bill for the likes of the Charger or Challenger back in the 1960s and 1970s could buy a Dart and enjoy many of the same performance features and of the vintage Dart lineup – the 1971 and 1972 Dodge Demon 340 has become the most recognized form of the old school Darts.
The gallery below shows a small spread of vintage Dodge Dart coupes ranging from the late 60s to the early 70s with an obviously biased emphasis on the Demon. While the Dart doesn’t have the following or the popularity of the Charger or Challenger, these vintage “compact” Mopars are among the most popular of the classic Mopar muscle cars. You wont find my Demon among this group but there is a nice selection of Demons and Darts from the glory days of the American horsepower war – and a group shot of some new Dodge Dart sedans.