Life in the fast lane: 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger with performance tweaks

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The Dart Swinger wears a pair of functional scoops on its hood

From a time when the word “swinger” had a very different connotation than it does today comes the Pick of the Day, a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger in restored resto-mod condition.

“Super cool” is what the Goodrich, Michigan, dealer calls the Swinger in its advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “Ready to show and cruise.”

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The Dart has been fully refurbished to original appearance, the seller says, with Bright Blue paint, white vinyl tip and white Bumble Bee tail strip.  The Swinger emblem in chrome is proudly worn on either flank.

This is no ordinary Dart Swinger, the seller notes, but one that been upgraded with full-on muscle car creds.  Take a deep breath and read what went into it:

“Under the hood, the original 318 has been replaced with a 1971 340 block bored and stroked to 416CI, Eagle forged crank and H beam rods, .030 flat-top forged pistons, Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam, 544 lift, Edelbrock RPM aluminum heads with Cometic gaskets and aluminum roller rockers, Edelbrock aluminum Victor intake, Holley quick fuel 850 carb with high volume pump, set of ceramic coated long tub headers, 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust, MSD ignition with REV limiter, high-output power master alternator, billet brackets and billet aluminum pulleys, heavy duty aluminum radiator with dual electric fans and shroud, power steering, power front disc brakes with auxiliary electric vacuum pump,” the ad says.  “Front suspension has been gone through.”

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“This strong-running 416 is backed up with a 904 Torqueflite trans with manual valve body and 2800 TCI super street fighter converter, 8¾ posi rear end, updated with Yukon axles, 323 gear.”

That sounds like a pretty hot Swinger, no double entendre intended.

The Dart’s interior also appears to be in very nice shape, including a bench front seat for cuddling close with your latest date.

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“We have factory bright-blue 2-tone interior, factory original dash with gauge package in very good condition, tach with shift light mounted on dash, also a trio of gauges nicely mounted under dash that is more accurate than the factory, new headliner and sail panels, visors look like new, original door panels in excellent condition, seat covers appear to be original in very good condition,” the ad says of the Dart. “Front and rear seat belts with shoulder straps, carpet has been replaced, floor mats, new sill plates.”

In a beneficial nod toward original appearance, the Dart rides on factory steel wheels and dog-dish hub caps.

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Judging by its sharp appearance and all the work that’s been done, this Swinger seems like a bargain at $22,900.

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

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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