36,538 Miles: 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger

The Dodge Dart is the small Mopar Muscle car that is easy to love, especially when in this condition. With little information other than it’s always been garage kept, and has low miles, this Dart is a sweet ride that is ready to roll. With 50 bids, this Dart has been bid up to $6,300. Check it out here on eBay out of Emerson, New Jersey.

Although there is no V8 under the hood the stone reliable 225 Slant 6 is a great option for its obvious reliability and fuel economy. Incredibly tidy, the engine compartment is nearly clean enough to eat off of.

The interior is equally as pleasing with no apparent flaws, and a very clean and crisp original appearance. I question the steering wheel wrap and potentially hidden cracks in the wheel, but otherwise I can find little to gripe over. The carpet appears to still be springy and dense like new. Newer rubber mats are in this Dodge to protect the carpet but little else stands out in this Mopar.

Exquisite and a joy to look at, it is unclear if this Dart is an amazing condition survivor or a low mileage restoration. Typically it seems many are proud to show off a restored car and talk about what was done to bring the car to its current condition. Oddly little info is given, so it is unclear if this is a survivor or not. I see no flaws on the exterior, and the paint is like glass. There looks to be a small wax smudge over the driver rear wheel arch, but that’s about the only thing that stands out on this Dart. With a fabulous appearance and low miles, do you think this Dart is a survivor or a restoration?

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  1. Fred W

    I like these, but it’s interesting that in the 90’s “the Dodge” was considered so mundane that the ’72 Duster version was chosen by a Hollywood set designer for “Al Bundy’s” car.

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  2. Ken Tilly

    In South Africa this was known as a Chtysler Valiant VIP but only sold with four doors.

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    • Dickie F

      And I used one with only 11k to tow our motorcycle trailer to the bike rallies around the country.
      It saved hours in the saddle and was better than sleeping in a one man tent.
      She was simply and reliable with that slant six and a auto box.

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  3. Tom Justice

    I did not know the swinger came with a slant six. Great engine but not a “swinger” for sure. This is a really nice car and holds a lot of appeal for a lot of people. Go to a good home.

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  4. ccrvtt

    I haven’t seen panel fit as nice as this in a long time. The hood and decklid trim lines up beautifully, better than some allegedly concours restorations. It’s an attractive if conservative design, nice color, immaculate interior (other than the lace-on steering wheel cover), and they could have at least washed that spare tire (!).

    Slant sixes are legendary for their longevity though a 340 would be a more appealing motor. Not sure if I care whether it’s a restoration or survivor. It’s just a really nice find.

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  5. wuzjeepnowsaab

    The Leaning Tower of Power. Why is it that the inline 6’s from all the manufacturers are beloved and known for their longevity but 8’s are usually clapped out at 110K

    Six in a row to make it go!

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    • Dick Johnson

      Well now…. the /-6 is so understressed it really can’t hurt itself. Just ask the cabbies who would advance the timing so far that all you heard was pinging at WOT. Ran ’em that way for years.

      Can’t hardly find an early (forged crank) /-6 around here due to the nostalgia coupes all running them on dirt.

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      • That AMC guy

        The Slant-Six was originally designed to be aluminum. So moving it to cast iron made for an exceptionally robust design.

        A friend had one just like this but with factory AC. I remember it being a nice car but there was more road feel in the radio volume control than the over-boosted power steering!

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    • Booya

      Those go-fast young un’s usually avoid anything with a six, leaving them to the real, actual little old ladies from Pasadena, or Leisure World. Low stress, long life.

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  6. mtshootist1

    My wife was given a Swinger in that same color by her dad, but it had the 318 in it. Had drum brakes on the front, which were a pain, and the front end was weak, I traded it off for a 72 240Z,

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  7. Frank Sumatra

    I had this exact car while attending college in California. Drove it cross-country from New York. IIRC it did not care for the damp Bay Area mornings but other then that, it was great low-cost transportation.

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  8. Shane Christensen

    I have the Plymouth Scamp variant also 1972. Also /6. Love the car. It’s mostly restored, and the motor purrs.

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  9. Joe Haska

    It looks nice enough to be restored, I wouldn’t care either way. I had a 1969 plain Jane,2-door, slant 6, 3 speed, I drove it and then passed it on to my son, it was a great car. Why is it this one has to be on the opposite coast. If it were closer ,I don’t think I could stop myself from buying it!

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  10. P.Melvin

    I’d like to have this, if nothing else to teach the young’uns the “bench seat bop”.

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    • Ike Onick

      Lock your doors. The police are on their way over.

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  11. Neal

    Drool

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  12. DanChester

    I like this car but what concerns me is what appears to be a problem in the right side C-pillar area under the vinyl top. Either corrosion or evidence of a replaced quarter panel with a bad well at the roof joint. Or both. Might not be a deal breaker, but something to consider.

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    • Steve R

      It also looks like there is blue overspray on the tops of the intake and exhaust manifolds. It seems to have been preptfor resale, which only means a potential buyer should be extra vigilant.

      Steve R

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  13. Todd

    What color was this called?
    Thanks!

    • Ike Onick

      Brown.

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      • Todd

        Lol

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  14. Ross W. Lovell

    Greetings All,

    While it wasn’t made in this era Dart, the early 60’s had an aluminum block version. Two year production run.

    Used one for a 300SL replica.

    Sweet engine either way, and there are performance parts available.

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  15. Kenneth Carney

    Nice car for my neice. Been looking for something safe to put her into
    and this could be it. Know all about the slanty, and just how reliable
    they are. And since she likes doing her own maintainance, I can’t
    think of a better engine for her to start with. Very nice car! Will have
    to show it to her and see if she likes it.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Nice car, yes, but I’m not so sure about the safe part. Yes, more sheetmetal than the newer cars, but with the huge amount of distracted drivers and SUVs out there, I’d want to make sure that my kid is surrounded in airbags.

      I had the same thought while looking around for something for my 16 year old. I wanted her in something older, she wanted a Nissan Cube. The Cube won, despite my emotional choice. I do feel much better about it now, plus the car drives nice and is easy for her to maneuver.

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  16. Mountainwoodie

    I must be getting old because I think this car has nice lines. Perfect for a niece! I have to have 3 pedals but nonetheless a really nice looking design. Sano. Beats a 12 K econobox by a mile!

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  17. chrlsful

    was there any other color? oh yeah, municipal white lol.

    I had the 170 in several waggys (don’t remember what wuz in the Aspens & Volares as they were the bosses). One of my Dart wags got 300K mi (toured the perimeter states of the country all loaded down w/my cast iron pots’n pans, skis, etc). Like the ford 300 can’t kill it. Rust got this model early purdy good, tho.

    Thnx for the memories.

    Thanks for the links too. As I went dwn the numerious pic I said “Now Y duz dis guy have these muscle cars….Wha? holy 54!+, lookit dat! a slanty in there?.

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  18. Neal

    Is that the same metallic brown that my grandparents had on their 73 or 74 four door? Theirs had the 318 and AC.
    Ours was a 73 with the slant six. Bright red with white vinyl top and interior. Mom scrubbed that white roof with Comet cleanser to keep it bright white until it disintegrated to tatters. Rust wasn’t too bad on it, actually. Did some maintenance and basic work on it with my dad. Kept it about a decade or so until it was traded for a two door hatchback Sentra with a five speed.
    I would love to have one of these, preferably with a floor mount manual. Did they do a manual with the six, or just the 340’s?

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  19. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $8100.
    Nice car, with so many possibilities. Keep it like it is and have something that you can take to shows, or throw a 340 in her and easily make a go-fast car.

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  20. Woody

    Thanks but I think this car is a great example of a classic Dodge! It needs to be stored away with the other toys in the corner of my garage,low mileage,yeah.!

  21. Rob Pasquinucci

    When I think of how many Dart Swingers were parked in driveways in my neighborhood as a kid, they really were the Accord/Camry of the mid-70s.

    • JoeNYWF64

      So where ARE those Mopars today? Were 1st gen camaros built any better? I doubt it – body wise! Yet u always see several old camaros at any general car show. But, few if any darts/valiants. Odd. Come to think of it, how many older, say 1991 camrys do you see on the road, let alone one of the later 2 door versions?

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