Rad Red Ragtop: 1964 Dodge Dart 270

Scotty GilbertsonBy Scotty Gilbertson

Only four years into Dart production, this 1964 Dodge Dart 270 Convertible was already a third-generation car. Who wouldn’t want a red convertible, especially one that looks this nice? This car is listed on eBay with a current bid price of just over $1,800 and there is no reserve! It’s located in Rialto, California.

$1,800 for this gorgeous car?! Good grief, where’s my bruised checkbook? But, on a closer inspection, there is some work to do on the body of this rad red ragtop. The seller mentions a couple of dings but there are no signs of there being any collisions at all.

The third-generation Dodge Dart was made for the 1963 to 1966 model years and the wheelbase grew almost six-inches, giving more legroom to this senior-compact. This car is a mid-range 270, above the base 170 and below the top-trim GT. The seller says that this car has 19,886 miles on it. They bought the car in 2013 and stored it in their warehouse and they mention that the previous owner said that it hasn’t been driven since 1972. Expect to do some work on a few deferred maintenance items, being stored for that long can take a toll on soft bits. They say that the “salvaged California title is due to paperwork issues when I purchased the car; not because of accident or damages.”

The seats and door panels can’t be original, can they be? If they are they’re sure in nice condition. Other than the door panels being a little wrinkled they look great, whereas the “the carpet is dried out and damaged on the passenger side.” They say that the “top works but the vinyl is dried and broken.”

The current owner “replaced the fuel pump and the exhaust” and they say that “the car drives very well; it has good smooth engine and perfect transmission.” The original owner ponied up an extra $50 ($394.39 today) for the upgraded 225 slant-six engine over the base 170 slant-six. With 145 hp on board this car should easily keep up with modern traffic. This could really be a nice project for someone with some welding experience. There is just enough work to do to make it interesting. Are there any third-generation Dart fans out there?

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  1. Blyndgesser

    A 225 with a three on the tree should be peppy enough to have fun with, but still tame enough to cope with regular unleaded. A great “practical classic.”

  2. Rex Kahrs

    I’ve owned several of these great cars, including a ’64 GT with 273 V8.
    The trim on this car looks every bit as fancy as the GT, with the exception of some GT badging and some chrome on the hood. These cars handle very well, and with the 225 there’s plenty of power for cruising in modern traffic.

    Somehow I can’t buy the 19K mileage, even if the ODO looks right. The steering wheel, carpet, seat replacement, and rear door cards just look too well used. Nonetheless, a great car if you could buy it for under, say $4000. At that price it would be a nice beater convertible to knock around in.

  3. Ed P

    The turbine inspired styling made these cars sell very well. The sedans were big enough for a young family. This one looks like a good project for the right price.

  4. Jim Baldwin

    Has anybody really looked closely at this car? Some of the rubber trim on the passenger door jamb have red overspray on them, the steering wheel has lost 80% of it’s red paint almost completely around the outside(this would take almost a lifetime for this to happen), that upholstery on the seats isn’t original and doesn’t match the red on the door panels, the back bumper is damaged and bent and the valance panel below it is crumpled. The engine bay is way too dirty and should be cleaner. Who painted the headlight bezels? They should be polished stainless! This guy must think nobody sees these problems and we’re all idiots that should believe his used car salesman story. You also have to question the salvage title. This reeks of total dishonesty and huge brass ones.

    • Brian R

      Agree completely. Signs point to this ragtop’s interior having been exposed to the elements. Look at top of dash, rotted out rear armrests, trashed carpet, badly sun rotted quarter inners around the top mechanism. rear bumper is bent and flaking off chrome, and the damage to rear valance says this car was hit in rear. Look at the bad rust behind the rear bumper. Repaint flaking off trunk under trim. Betting trim was not removed. This is being passed off as something it is not. Is there even a top? It’s never shown.

  5. Luke Fitzgerald

    4 k now – 119k – that steering wheel is all you have to see – column shift – yeech

  6. Pfk1106

    Those seat covers look like something out of the j c Whitney catalog. They certainly aren’t original.

  7. fordfan

    Whitewalls on one side valve cover should not be black and the headlight bezels look like white plastic . No way 19,000 miles

  8. BillyT

    When I saw this ’64 Dart I was immediately reminded of the 1962 Dodge Dart 440 that ‘Sylvester’ drove in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. If you have seen the movie you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t seen it you owe it to yourself to do so! Here’s the car http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_6490-Dodge-Dart-440-1962.html found at the Internet Movie Cars Database website.

  9. Paul Member

    Love that film. I just watched it with my kids 8 and 11 and they loved it. Star studded movie.
    I had a 64 GT with the 273 wedge motor. Very reliable and smooth running machine. Mine had push button trans….totally wacky and fun. Headlight bezels are impossible to find, the originals were aluminium and extended beyond the front bumber and as a result were always dinged up, hence the fabricated bezels on this example.

  10. Eddie

    I Owned Three Or Four Darts Paid 300.00 For All Of Them, This Dart Shows Problems And 4000.00 Bid You Can Have The Problems Is Out Of Line and Like Jim Said a Dishonest Mileage For sure, And Sun Beat Badly, Repainted Seat Covered, And Problems With Top Thats Why So Much Sun Damage.This Is Just Another 300.00 Car !

  11. Tony L

    Not so nice. This car needs a complete restoration or refurbishment. At least 119K miles and a lot of damage to the interior. Better have a fat wallet!!!!

  12. Woodie Man

    A nice beater for a…….grand….. at most. Clearly not what the seller says it is……….those white headlight bezels are soooooo wrong. A worn out car with rust thats been tarted up with a low budget resto. We are in the era of garbage men being sanitation engineers and beater cars being seen as restored. Oh well.sic transit gloria

  13. John B

    40 years ago, my dad and I brought one of these home from the local Plymouth dealer’s back lot for $750. It had a 273-2V and the push-button automatic. Same red color and original interior. By the time my Air Force pilot old man was done with it, the engine and tranny were redone right and mechanical upgrades such as a Carter electric fuel pump and Economaster carb, Mallory dual point distributor and coil, and a Walker Royal Scot glas-pack had been installed. Everyone loved it all over town! This one pales in comparison but deserves a fair assessment. Cosmetic parts are nearly impossible to locate without buying another car altogether. Proceed with caution…

  14. Jim Baldwin

    So why doesn’t Ebay step up and remove this item and restrict this guy from selling anything there? I can’t believe there are people out there who don’t see the problems with this and complain to Ebay.

  15. Mark-A

    Being in the UK all I see is the Mk1 Ford Cortina front end treatment on this car! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Cortina#/media/File%3AFord_Cortina_KTO959E.jpg


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