A/C & A V8! 1966 Dodge Dart 270

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Let’s see — two doors, a V8, air conditioning and a $3,500 buy it now? This 1966 Dodge Dart 270 seems to check a lot of the boxes Barn Finds readers are interested in. Throw in claimed low mileage and very little body damage and I figure I have your attention! It’s in San Bernadino, California and is listed here on eBay with a buy it now of only $3,500 and lower offers being solicited.

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You can see the two major issues easily in this view; there’s some body filler in a repair right behind the driver’s door and some creases on the driver’s door That’s about it! The story goes that the original owner passed it down to someone in the family, who didn’t drive the car and stored it. The current owner (who, by the way, correctly lists themselves as the third owner) purchased the car at a storage auction. The car has effectively been off the road from 1986 until the work the current owner has completed. The car currently shows 54,520 miles.

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The 1966 Dart was the last year for this particular series, with the front clip being a one-year only attempt to make the model look similar to the Charger. The 1966 model also has more mechanical parts in common with other Mopars, which makes it easier to restore. Personally, I really like the front redesign, although it looks somewhat “Fordish.” That may be why I like it (before someone accuses me of bias, I currently own one Ford and two Dodges and am happy with all three).

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The underside of the car looks pretty solid as well. The seller thinks the transmission may have been rebuilt and mentions that the bracket that holds it in place is both homemade and cracked. You can see it closer in this shot. However, I don’t see any appreciable rust.

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Obviously, the seat has some issues, but you can find upholstery kits here for under $400. And there’s the all important (for us southerners) air conditioning set up under the dash. The dash is said to have some cracks, however, it appears relatively straight in this picture.

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Finally, we come to the 273 V8. As the Dart 270 is the mid-range model between the 170 and the GT, it could have a performance version of the 273 but we don’t know for sure. I would think even the pedestrian version of the 273 would be just fine anyway. The seller tells us that when they purchased the car, it was missing some ignition components and the gas tank was in the back seat. The seller tells us that it’s either brand new or had been just refurbished. Once the tank was installed with a new sending unit and filter, as well as the replacement ignition components and fresh fluids, the car fired right up. If you think that this could be the car for you, bid now and bid often, or just end it now!

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Comments

  1. Mike

    Why do all of my Bucket list cars have to be in California?

  2. Terry J

    Yup, a good deal. If it was a solid 2 door hardtop V8 Nova it would be twice that, nor would $3500 probably buy a similar Falcon. That 273 is a bulletproof engine, but if you just HAD TO a 360 would fit right in. Happen to have a H.P. 340 in your garage? Hmmm…. :-) Terry J

  3. Mitch

    My ’70 Dodge Coronet had several minor cracks in the dashpad,but they never bothered me. I just slathered it with STP Son of a Gun (I was told it had more penetrating power than Armor All) Either way that dash looked the same from the time I bought it in 1986 until I sold it in 2009.

  4. JoeT

    IIRC the 273 Hi-Po version would have originally had wrinkle finish valve covers with chrome ribs. Of course, someone could have changed the valve covers at some point. However, from the look of the engine and the spare 2bbl carb in the trunk, I would suspect it is the standard 273 which is still a very good engine.

  5. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Joe T – correct…..what makes me hard is that big 8 3/4 rear end….must have been changed out….4 speed cars got them but not the auto’s……

  6. Rotag999

    Hi Po also came with 4 barrel dual point dist and chrome air cleaner.

  7. Roselandpete

    The front makes me think of the Falcon.

  8. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    39 people watching but no one’s pulled the trigger!

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