27k Original Miles: 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger

This 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger is an original survivor that stands as a testament to careful ownership. It is a car that is ready to be driven and enjoyed and is one that is guaranteed to attract plenty of admiring glances and positive comments wherever it goes. Located in Charles Town, West Virginia, it is listed for sale here on eBay. With bidding now at $10,150 and the reserve having been met, it appears that someone is set to become the proud owner of a pretty impressive car.

Looking over the Swinger finished in Dark Gold Poly, it really is pretty hard to fault the car’s presentation. This is doubly impressive when you consider that apart from a repaint of the passenger side door at some point, the rest of the paint is claimed to be original. It looks to be close to perfect, as does the original and matching Dark Gold vinyl top. The only rust in the vehicle is some surface corrosion in the spare tire well, but this appears to be very light and would be easy to address. The external chrome and trim appear to be faultless, as does all of the factory tinted glass. The only deviation from original is that all of the exterior and interior lights have been converted to LED operation. However, if the next owner is seeking complete originality, then converting them back would be a fairly easy task.

As with the exterior, it’s pretty hard to find fault with the interior of the Swinger. The upholstered surfaces all look nice, with no signs of rips or tears. The carpet is in good condition and is surprisingly free of marks for such a light color. The dash looks good, the optional wood-grain wheel with rim-blow is close to perfect, and the factory air conditioning is said to blow ice cold. Once again, there has been one change to the interior, which is a nod to the 21st century. The original factory radio has been replaced with a RetroSound AM/FM Bluetooth unit with speakers mounted in the rear parcel tray. The dash hasn’t been cut to fit this, so it could be converted back to original if required.

Providing the get-up-and-go for the Dodge in the venerable 225ci slant-six engine, which is backed by a 3-speed TorqueFlite transmission and a 2.76 rear end. The appearance of the engine and its surrounds is extremely tidy for a vehicle of this age. The owner says that the Dodge runs and drives beautifully, and he also claims that the car has covered a genuine 27,023 miles. He doesn’t indicate whether he holds any documentation to support this claim, but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he does.

This 1971 Dart Swinger is an extremely tidy car. For the person who is craving originality, this car does wear some modifications, but all of the changes could be reversed if required. However, it appears that these have been made to make the car a bit more pleasant to live with on a daily basis. It might not be a muscle car, but it is an attractive survivor, and for the person on the hunt for their first classic car, this would appear to be a great alternative.

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Comments

  1. Ramone Member

    Nice Dart. Great colours. Kind of pricey, but can be enjoyed right away. I’d lose the headlights, and that weird steering wheel. Not sure that’s original. No need to hot rod the thing.

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    • ken tilly

      Ramone. The steering wheel is optional. Hideous option in my opinion and would be the first thing to go if it were mine. Other than that, one of the very few post 70’s American cars that interest me.

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  2. Rosko

    Drool, Drool.

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  3. John Oliveri

    I smell a 340 coming

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    • ChryCo guy

      I sure hope NOT, a 23,000 original mile survivor needs to be left the way it is. There are plenty of other Darts laying around to put a 340 in.

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    • PatrickM

      …6 pack!!

  4. Skorzeny

    That’s right Mr Oliveri. With as much as I hate slant 6’s this would be a 340 with a manual trans in short order. Power brakes and 4 wheel disc too.

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  5. Binkley

    Cool car, stupid headlights

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    • PatrickM

      Can be replaced easily.

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  6. Richard K

    The car is mine. Mileage is actual. It is notated as actual on the car’s title. I was surprised to see it listed here with such a nice write up.

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  7. doug

    And then it would be just like every other worthless resto-mod. I hope the new owner has the sense to leave his hands off of it and enjoy it as is.

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  8. irocrobb

    I agree,leave the car alone. Plenty of junkers to resto mod and not many left in this condition. I like it.

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  9. Ben T. Spanner

    This is an example of buy the best available and enjoy. A $5000 example can’t be made this nice for an additional $5000. Convert the front brakes to disc, and its perfectly driveable in modern traffic.

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  10. Jay

    Amazing how these have a cult like following…..

    When they were 10 years old they were
    available all day for 1k dollars

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    • Miguel Member

      Jay, when they were 10 years old, you would have way overpaid at $1,000.

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      • don

        In 1979 I paid $1500 at a Plymouth dealership for my ’73 Duster 340 – Nobody wanted a gas hog at that time !

  11. Glenn Schwass Member

    That’s beautiful and should stay like it is. A buddy had the same thing but with the 198 and 3 on the tree. This interior is awesome and i love the steering wheel….

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  12. PatrickM

    i like this car. I would really like to own it. It is a very practical car and just what I am looking for. The slant six doesn’t bother me a bit. I just need a good car for around town. No need for a monster…even though they really get my attention (chuckle, chuckle). But, just as I was getting ahead financially, the bottom fell out,: motorcycle repair, truck repair, dentist….. all in one month… I’m broke. Well BF, you keep ’em comin and I’ll keep on lookin’.

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  13. karl

    Those rim blow steering wheels were a either love it or hate it kind of thing, but either way they never really worked that well .

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