’62 Dodge Dart with upgraded engine is Pick of the Day

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Dodge introduced a less-than-full-size sedan in 1960 called the Dart. Its wheelbase was 118 inches, four less than its full-size brothers, and its standard powerplant was the new 225cid Slant Six, an inline six-cylinder tilted toward the passenger side of the engine bay, supposedly for easier maintenance of the carburetor and spark plugs.

Slanting the engine also allowed the hood to be lowered.

A V8 also was available, as were three trim levels — Seneca, Pioneer and Phoenix.

Dart was re-engineered and restyled for the 1962 model year. The wheelbase was shortened to 116 inches and the car’s overall length was reduced by 10 inches. 

The new design included two headlamps within the oval-shaped grille and two that were mounted lower and outboard. At the rear, again, there were four tail lamps — two high-mounted and two lower and outboard. In between, an eyebrow over the lower front headlamps extended back into and nearly through the front door. 

Another a character line started ahead of the rear wheels, arched over the wheels, bisected the high-mounted rear lamps and continued across the trailing edge of the deck lid.

Also redone was the trim-level nomenclature. Now there were Dart, Dart 330 and Dart 440 series.

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The Pick of the Day is a 1962 Dodge Dart 440, a four-door hardtop advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private owner.

The seller reports owning the car since the fall of 2005. In the spring of 2015, the original 318cid V8 was rebuilt by RAM Racing Engines of Lynchburg, Virginia, and a 4-barrel manifold, carburetor and electronic ignition were added. The seller said the engine was dyno tested at 300 horsepower and that the car has been driven only 1,800 miles since the upgrade.

“At the same time, the entire drivetrain including the transmission, rear end, fuel system, and front suspension were removed,” the seller added. “The engine compartment was refurbished and painted. The front suspension was completed rebuilt, and front disc brakes installed. The original 727 Torqueflite Transmission was rebuilt and the rear-end was reconditioned. Dual exhaust with TTI headers were installed.”

The seller notes that the previous owner was in California and had the car painted in a “unique red with white top.”

At some point, the car’s interior also was redone in white with rolled-and-pleated seat covers, new carpeting and headliner, and an audio system with subwoofer.

300 horsepower under the hood

The car reportedly has won trophies at car shows in New York and Florida, “is always garaged and covered up. Car cover is included.”

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The seller adds that the car runs very well. “In fact, if the price is right, I will drive and deliver here to you.”

The car is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and is being offered for $17,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Your classic car articles are the best online reading. In depth and historically accurate. I have an idea for a category for a column. How about pin-pointing private owners. After all we make up the largest portion of the hobby. And the dealers will advertise anyway they have too…

  2. I have always loved, and I mean loved, the styling of the 1959-1966 Chrysler line. It really brings you back to the days when not only did marques not look alike, they were so radically different you knew IMMEDIATELY what "house" from which they emerged. I especially like the Dart, which if looked at in silhouette shows obvious yet subtle kinship with the Valiant. With all that said, all us oldsters know that survivor ChryCo cars in decent condition are rare because the company was notorious for its lackadaisical approach to rustproofing. We used to call it "chemical Darwinism". Don’t I recall that Chrysler was the first US company to be sued by the US for the rust problem exposed by the Aspen/Volare?

  3. I had the unique opportunity to drive one of these as a teenager my friends parents owned one well they were out and he had the keys so off we went and yes under age no license it was a 4 door v8 terrible color brown with white top drove it around Philadelphia the Tacony section of the city the girls had to go in early so we put the car back it was a joy to drive as I got my drivers license at 16 I had two major Mopars my first was a 1962 Newport coupe 361 and catch this 3 speed manual on the floor she was fast red bubble dash the girls loved her my second was 69 Dart Swinger 340 4 speed a very fast car loved my mopars but never came across a 62 Dart for sale what a beautiful car!

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