Remarkably original in Plum Crazy Purple, this Dart Sport 340 is an appealing later model muscle car. Having spent its time in California, this Dart still needs some final touches to be a great looking Dart. Featuring a rebuilt engine and transmission, this Dart could be your driving project for $7,800. Find it here on Hemmings, out of Weare, New Hampshire. Thanks Pat L for the Plum Crazy submission!
The freshly rebuilt drivetrain is not stated as being the original, so we would certainly ask if pursuing this Dart. Even though recently rebuilt, the engine already looks to need a re-spray from looking at the water pump housing. Also the 340 has been updated with several performance modifications. The biggest items being aluminum heads and headers. There is no evidence of rust in the engine bay as it is evenly coated with black semi-gloss paint.
Looking inside of this Dart reveals a rough, but original, interior. The dash is dried and heavily cracked needing to be replaced. The door panels have split, and some of the material is rolling back. From what can be seen, the carpet, and the seats aren’t too shabby. I am also not a fan of the aftermarket tachometer, the shifter, or the loose wiring dangling from the dash. Although all of these items could be easily remedied.
Getting past the faded and dry Plum Crazy Purple reveals a straight bodied Dart. At a quick glance, this Dodge looks like a winner, only needing a little buffing to really make its originality shine. Unfortunately there are a few very well hidden rust spots that need attention. There is rot that has developed around the rear window, running into the rear quarter sections. There is also some rot around the tail light sections, and there is some bubbling developing in the lower portion of the quarters. Overall the body looks solid and reasonable, despite these pesky rust areas. The grill has a very well disguised broken section, but the original fiberglass hood is in great shape. Right on the edge of needing a full restoration, I could see this Dart being enjoyed as is for a while as a fair weather cruiser, until being restored. Would you pick up this Dart for the $7,800 asking price?