Credit Card Classic: 1964 Dodge Dart GT

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It’s fun to dream about Cobras, Superbirds, and Aston Martins, but when it comes time to actually buy a classic, most of us have to settle for something a little less extravagant. That’s where cars like this 1964 Dodge Dart GT come into play. It’s not rare or exotic, but could still make a fun project for any of us. Find it here on eBay in Dayton, Ohio where bidding starts at $500 with the option to buy it now at $3,200. Thanks goes to Jim S for tip!

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Nothing fancy under the hood here. Dodge’s 225 slant-six wasn’t all that powerful, but it was relatively fuel-efficient and tough. These engines are easy to work on so this car could make a great first classic for even the most novice of us. Luckily the seller has already done some of the hard work for you. A rebuilt carburetor, a tune-up, and a new fuel tank got it going again. They even replaced all the brake drums and cylinders so you can stop too.

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Remember the Dart was meant to be a compact economy car so our expectations can’t be too high. I am happy to see that 4-speed shifter sticking up out of the transmission tunnel though. The added challenge of rowing through the gears can make even the most mundane car entertaining. The seats are cracked and the seller mentions some rust in the floor, but what fun would a classic be without a few issues to address?

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Dodge had been in business for 50 years in 1964, so they celebrated by sticking a special horn button on the steering wheel. It designated the car as a Golden Anniversary Special Edition and although it doesn’t really add any value, it is a nice touch. The fact that this is a GT though means that it was the top of the line model and does add a little to its desirability. Obviously, any potential buyers will want to investigate the rust, but other than that I don’t see any reason why this Dart doesn’t qualify as a credit card classic. What do you think?

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Comments

  1. rick

    Back in 1978, I had a 6 cyl 64 Dart GT almost identical to the feature car, except mine was white with blue interior, even had the factory 4 speed (first yr the 4 speed was offered in the Dart and all of Mopar for that matter, except for 1960 when it was offered on a limited basis, but I digress) anyhow, mine even had factory Hurst linkage. I really liked that car even though it wasn’t much for handling, but the 225 had enough grunt that the tires would chirp if you hit 2nd gear hard enough, and now it wasn’t fast by any stretch of the imagination, but it was peppy and got over 20 mpg, and that was driving it the way I drove it!

  2. stanleystalvey

    I would love to have another one right now. My first car was bought by me in 73 and was a 63 Dodge Dart in two-tone blue. I bought it for $60 bucks and drove it for 2 years.. Mine had the 170 slant six.. I learned how to change the points and repair the brakes one time. That’s all it ever needed and a battery for 2 years. I didn’t see it at the time but this is a sports car for the 1963 era.. The 64’s began to come with the 273ci V-8 engine that came from the factory with a solid lifter cam.. I used to take my Dart to the sand dunes nearby to my highschool and do steep jumps with it. It was soft on the other side of the jump so I had to dig my way out every time. It took an hour to dig it back out but I loved doing that jump over the sand dune with it.. I was only 15 at the time, an aspiring young duke of hazard on Georgia dirt roads.. Slipping and sliding sideways on the curves.. Got chased by the game warden a few times.. hehe..

    • Dolphin Member

      Buy a running car for 60 bucks, fix the brakes and points, and drive it for two years.

      Those were the days.

      Great story.

    • Jim

      Great, great story! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rich G

    The first car I drove a lot was a 1965 Valiant, the close cousin of the Dart. It was my parent’s car, with a 273 4 barrel and 3.55 (?) “Sure Grip” limited slip rear end – essentially the same drivetrain as a Barracuda. A lot of good times in that car.

  4. tom999p

    A few years ago I had a 1965 Dart-Charger, factory V8, bucket seats, auto on the console, crème colored exterior with factory silver and gold pearl flake interior. Sold it on Ebay to a collector in New York… A super rare car..

  5. Barry Thomas

    Neat little oldie for not a lot of money. Here in Canada, we didn’t get the Dart, so Chrysler put a Valiant front end on the Dart body and sold it as a Plymouth Valiant. No Darts came north until ’67. Made for an unusual hybrid.
    Barry Thomas’ “Wheel to Wheel” blog

  6. Brian

    After all those high dollar exotics you guys have been posting lately, it feels good to see this little Dart here! Looks like a nice little car that can be had on the cheap and without a trip to France! Thanks for showing it!

  7. Dirty Dingus McGee

    You can’t really go wrong with this one, unless the undercoating is hiding a bunch of rust. When the world finally comes to end, the only things left running around will be cockroaches and MOPAR slant six’s.

    You can also get a lot more power out of them “leaning tower of power’s”. MOPAR offered a Hyper pak with higher compression, hotter cam, 4 barrel and headers. I’ve driven a homemade version of it and it was an eye opener.

    Good thing I’ve got 2 current projects or I’d be on this like green on grass.

  8. geomechs geomechs Member

    Nice car to go out and have some fun in while not having to re-mortgage the house. A lot of people interested in getting into the hobby seem to have their sights set too high; they get focused on what is popular, and then tend to downplay the hobby by complaining that it’s too expensive for the average joe. A car like this would be a great entry vehicle and just as much fun as one of the more popular cars.

  9. John

    Kind of cool actually. And I agree about that 225 slant six motor as I learned to drive in a Dodge with that motor and if you wanted to pass another car you darn near had to have a buddy along so he could get out and push. Darn near bulletproof though.

  10. Rex Kahrs Member

    I thought the GT model in 64 came with only the 273, which is what made it the GT (and the upgraded trim and badging). Also, I was not aware that a floor shifter was an option…I thought they all came with push-button automatics. Learn something new every day.

    • stanleystalvey

      That’s a very good point, Rex. I was thinking the same thing. The only time I ever saw a 225 slant six was in pickup trucks and larger, newer cars. I’m an engine builder and have always wanted to do a build on the solid lifter cammed 273ci V-8. If it has a short stroke I’ll bet it can rev really high like other engines with the right cam, exhaust and cylinder head work..

      BTW: Hot Rod magazine did an article some years ago on how to hot rod the slant six engine. I should still have the magazine article in a box somewhere in my closet.. It was good.. They had a big Holley 4 barrel on the test engine and showed some multi-carb setups in pictures.. It’s really all about the cylinder head work. The slant 6 is a bullet proof engine..

  11. Rex Kahrs Member

    Looks like the car came from Spitzer Dodge in Columbus. My dad bought a ’66 Monaco and a ’73 Dart from Spitzer.

  12. frankie Paige

    Just Google 1964 Dodge dart Identity crisis

  13. ConservativesDefeated

    Looks all original down to the seats!

    But it is Ohio……….so gonna be rusty.too bad.be a fun project to restore it

  14. scotts

    Back in the day when you couldn’t get rid of these cars. I always got stuck behind a Dodge Dart 1964- 68 particularly this year going 10 miles below the legal speed limit. And it was always senior citizen who could barely see over the dash board. I’m glad they are all off the road honestly.

    • stanley

      There should be a law passed that states anytime they see you coming, scotts, everyone should get off the highway, seeing as how your driving priorities are so urgent and demanding and all that. You’re a big stupid jerk mister. You’re a menace to society with your attitude. What will be your rules when you get old and still want to drive.?

  15. Tracy

    For some reason I dont know those slant 6’s, if they tilted to far gas would spill out the carb and catch fire. Just saying. But yes they are a bullet proof engine. My buddy had one and I had another bullet proof engine the 318ci. In my ’73 Dart. Nice articles guys.

  16. jerome

    I turned 16 in 1964 had been working at animal after school and on Saturday on a Cushman eagle for 2 years. My uncle was a bank manager he loaned me 2500.00. I bought a 1964 Dart gt charger 225 slant 6. My car payment was 48.05 a month. In 1968 i sold it to my older brother and bought 1968 Dart gts 340 4spd car payment 55.36 a month. I’m now looking for both of these cars

    • stanley

      A very nice story you have Jerome. I actually had real dreams of getting my first car, the 63 Dart, back in my posession. What I really want now is a Gasser version of my Dart with a small displacement, hi-rev V-8 engine.
      check out this photo.!

  17. stanley

    This is so great I see we can now show our pictures on BarnFinds. Here’s another Dart Gasser.!

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