Classic Dodge Dart (or Plymouth Valiant) Makes Red Clouds

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Watch this classic Dodge Dart or perhaps a closely related Plymouth Valiant doing a righteous burnout with red smoke.

The modern Dodge Dart is dead and sadly, the front wheel drive compact sedan never really got off of the ground. The key complaint from the Mopar faithful was that the new Dart wasn’t a sporty muscle car like it was back in the day, with front wheel drive and a handful of 4-cylinder engines lacking the punch which traditionalists expected from the Dart nameplate.

Classic Dodge Dart looks like a Plymouth Valiant, does great burnouts

When most Mopar fans think of a Dodge Dart, they don’t think of a curvy front wheel drive, 4-cylinder sedan. They think of a small, boxy, 2-door car (even though there were plenty of classic Dart sedans) which looked a whole lot like the car in the video above – posted by YouTube user Rebecca Warner. We don’t have any details on this black Mopar muscle car in action and in fact, the back end looks like a 1965 Plymouth Valiant, not a Dart, but it could be a Dart with the Valiant rear end or it could be an incorrectly labeled Valiant.

What we do know is that this is a mid-1960s Mopar muscle car with the same architecture of the Dodge Dart from that era and had the modern Dart been more like this car – maybe it would have lasted more than a few years. Of course, that would have required a rear-drive platform and a monster V8, but still, it is a nice idea.

Jokes about the modern Dart aside, this classic Mopar does a great job at the Hot Hurley Nights burnout competition in Hurley, South Dakota and to add that extra pop – this V8-powered A-body has tires which smoke bright red. Massive clouds of white tire smoke draw a positive response from the crowd at a big burnout competition, but massive clouds of bright red smoke emphasize the smoke show and fire up the crowd even more.

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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