Swinging Updates: 1969 Dodge Dart Custom

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For most of its life, the Dodge Dart was a compact car and companion to the Plymouth Valiant. The fourth generation (1967-76) turned in the highest production numbers, which included this ’69 Dart Custom (or GT). The car is in the midst of several performance upgrades which would diminish its interest as a grocery-getter for Grandma. Located in San Jose, California, this pint-sized Mopar is available here on eBay where the reserve is still alive at bids of $5,488.

Hoping to attract more youthful buyers, Dodge dropped the 2-door sedan version of the Dart for 1969, replacing it with the new “Swinger” 2-door hardtop offered in Custom, GT, and GTS trim. The Swinger 340 was added for those who wanted some snap in their step. Styling cues were updated for 1969, but it was the same car since 1967 and would soldier on through 1976 when it was replaced by the less successful Dodge Aspen.

The seller’s Dart Custom (yet the stripes advertise GT, so which is it?) is one of 22,100 copies built in this body style in 1969. It has the 273 cubic inch V8 which was in its last year on the books as the 318 V8 had become more popular. This car also has a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Both the engine and tranny are stock, recently serviced, and run well. But a host of other items have been replaced or are ready to be replaced once the buyer takes the car home. These include an 8 ¾” rear end with new posit-traction and new gears, new brake assemblies, suspension components, and tires and aftermarket rims (only shown in one photo).

On the outside, the green paint is old and tired, and the body has some rust that needs to be dealt with. The interior requires help, too, in terms of new upholstery (the seats are from a later Duster or Demon) and the headliner is ready to go. The seller was in the process of converting the interior from white to black so you’ll need to decide which direction better suits you. We’re told the owner is no longer physically able to work on the Dodge, so someone else can now take the lead.

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  1. Gary

    That is a good deal at 10k. A Rust free A body week end cruiser , dress up the engine compartment and fix the interior, drive the snot out of it in nice weather.

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  2. John

    Steering wheel is not the same as my ‘69 Dart Custom, so its possible it could be a GT? My Custom also had a trim piece all among the side that was stamped CUSTOM at the trunk end

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  3. cold340t

    This was on c-list for weeks back in dec/jan. Called because I have wrecked 69′ swinger 340/spd and hoped this was real gts. Unfortunately, it’s just a nice gt. The seller was cool to talk to and if it stays below 8k. I might have to jump on it. But, the way crazy mopar prices are now, probably won’t stay that low. Good luck to buyer.

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  4. Stan

    273 Commando, torq-flite autoloader, 3.55 anti-spin , should be a cheap and cheerful cruiser for somebody. 😎

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  5. Shuttle Guy Shuttle GuyMember

    In this price range it’s affordable to build it the way you want it.

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  6. S

    I always liked the 67 – 69 Dart styling a bit better than the later ones. You really don’t see them much anymore though.

    Like 1

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