Two Years Only: 1971 Dodge Dart Demon Sizzler

The Demon name appeared in the Dodge Dart range in the 1971 model year, but by the end of the 1972 year, the name had disappeared. Dodge made the decision to drop the name due to the fact that it was seen as politically insensitive, and the Dart Demon became known as the Dart Sport. This 1971 Dart Demon hasn’t disappeared, but it will require some work before it is ready to terrorize the tarmac again. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay. It is located in Roseville, Michigan, and is being sold with a clear title. At the time of writing, bidding has reached $1,125.

The body and frame of the Demon look pretty solid, with only a few minor spots in the body, while the quarter panels also look good. The floors have some minor rust that may be able to be patched, or the new owner may choose to completely replace the floor pans. The trunk floor is solid, and the frame looks really good. The body is missing a few items, including the grille. The owner believes that the paint is original, and says that he believes that the body would come up well if it was media blasted.

There’s not much to be said about the interior, because there are a lot of components missing, including the front seat, the carpet, and a fair old chunk of the dash. There is a rear seat that looks okay, but I don’t think that it is the original, as it is finished with the wrong material. In this shot, you can see some of the holes in the floor, and there are similar ones in the rear. These could be patched, but I think that new floors would be a good investment.

The car is a roller, as there is no engine or transmission. We can tell that the car was originally fitted with a TorqueFlite transmission, but we can’t be sure what engine was originally sitting there. One thing that we can be sure of is that it wasn’t the 340ci V8. The instrument panel for the 340-equipped cars was different from the rest of the Demon range and was the only one to feature a tachometer. As this one doesn’t have that instrument cluster, then it had to be either one of the two slant-six engines (198ci or 225ci) or the 318ci V8. The owner says that the car does roll and steer.

The Dodge Dart Demon Sizzler was introduced in 1971 and was only in production under that name for two years. 1971 was the more successful of those years, with Dodge selling nearly 80,000 cars. What is interesting is the fact that while there were more of the ’71 models built than the’72, it is the ’72 model that seems to come onto the market more often. This one is a fairly solid car, and replacing the floors will address most of the major issues. It’s unfortunate that the original engine and transmission are missing, but the new owner could choose to either install a date correct combination or update the drive-train to something more modern. Either way, this Demon seems to represent a solid project car, especially if the price stays low.

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Comments

  1. Keith

    Roller or not the bids will increase when the Mopar freaks start bidding. $$$

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      keep krying….maybe you can change them….

      Like 15
  2. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Don’t see a fender tag in the one picture but that’s a dang four speed hump in it…

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    • Srt8

      I saw the 4 speed hump along with a column shift and a single pedal so someone started the swap.

      Like 9
      • Tom Member

        Nice call. Ok, what is up with the odd and terrible door gaps on BOTH sides, between the fenders and the doors especially at the bottom?

        Sizzler is for what is going to happen to ALL of your cash on this one!
        Demon is what you will find MANY of
        Dodge and Dart are what I believe you should do to get AWAY from this deal !

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  3. Athiest Webby

    I still can’t believe that the ‘Demon’ name was so controversial. Even then.

    Like 6
  4. Pete in PA

    Might be a Sizzler, might not. The fender tag will tell all. I don’t see a Sizzler paint scheme on the hood but there’s not much paint left. Should have body colored racing mirrors both sides and I don’t see them. Should have a Tuff wheel but it’s not there. Rear seat has definitely been replaced and top/bottom are from different cars. A lot can happen in 47 years…
    Has a manual transmission hump but an auto trans brake pedal. VIN says 318 and a 318/manual trans car would have gotten the 8.75 rear at the factory. Would have been built early-to-mid-March of 71 so the Sizzler was in production by then. Hope the seller posts a fender tag pic!!!

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  5. Del

    Fender tag promised but no sign.

    I agree with previous comments.

    No Sizzler decal on hood. No Tuff steering wheel. No color match mirrors.

    I do not think that its a Sizzler.

    But it does have Hi Impact paint color, I think.

    Its save-able but its going to be expensive. And where are you going to get a Grille ? Don’t think its available in repro ?

    Like 4
    • Sam Gibson Member

      A grille may not have been made in reproduction, but Arizona junk yards still have some of these sitting around.

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    • Ken

      Grilles aren’t that hard to find. I bought one on eBay in good shape several years ago.

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  6. Ken

    The instrument cluster in the ’71 340 is known as the Rallye dash. You won’t find one in a ’72 Demon or Duster 340. Apparently they were discontinued. My first car was a ’71 Demon 340; I later had another ’71 with a 360 crate engine that was crazy-fast.

    I’d love to have another Demon, but this Sizzler ain’t it.

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  7. Louis Q Chen

    Our family had a ’71 Dodge Dart with a slant 6 auto trans., A/C, 2 dr. It was a very dependable car and was cheap and to me one of the few Chrysler products that was cheap and dependable. A high school friend’s Dad had the Demon and it was pretty decent as well.

  8. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    The dash looks like it was put in there……..grilles….somebody need a grille ?

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  9. moparman Member

    If you look at the ebay pictures, you can just barely make out the remains of the Sizzler decals on the hood/cowl.

    Like 2
  10. Del

    I think car has been parted. Steering wheel and column are white ?

    Decided its not worth what is being bid

    Like 1
  11. JoeNYWF64

    I wonder if Linda Blair was ever in one, driving, or on a date in the late 70’s, or ’80s. lol

  12. Tooyoung4heyday Member

    Demon meets Demon….. take a new Demon drivetrain and swap into this roller and hold on!

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