This page if focused on the various Dodge Dart Trims, Special Editions and Packages that were offered over its 16 year run that spanned four generational body redesigns.
First Generation (1960-1961)
During the first two production years of the Dodge Dart the following were the trim levels offered
- Basic – Seneca
- Mid Range – Pioneer
- Premium – Phoenix
Second Generation (1962)
The previous 3 trim levels were dropped and replaced with the following
- Dart 330
- Dart 440
Third Generation (1963-1966)
The previous 3 trim levels were dropped and replaced with the Low Spec – 170 and High Spec – 270. The premium model became the GT.
GT Convertible & Hardtop
The premium GT trim was first offered during the Third Generation Dodge Dart in 1963. Originally the GT was only made available as a 2-door convertible but later was also made as a 2-door hardtop. It is most common today to find a GT as a convertible however some hardtop versions are also available.
Fourth Generation (1967-1976)
The fourth and final generation of classic Dodge Darts was filled with various trims including the most popular covered below.
GTS / Sport
Chrysler introduced the performance-oriented GTS models during the Fourth Generation in 1967. These came standard with the 340 cubic inch 5.6L V8 with a 300 horsepower 383 6.3L big block as an option. GTS models are badged with the GT logo and sport symbol below it, as pictured to the left.
Dodge Dart Swinger
The Swinger trim’s introductory year is 1969 making 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger’s unique. Standard Swingers replaced the previous 2 door sedan. Dodge also added the mini muscle car Swinger 340 which is by far the most popular Dodge Dart model. The Swinger 340 featured a 340 cubic inch 5.6L V8 engine among other muscle car amenities.
The popular Swinger model was carried over from 1969 and applied to all Dodge Dart 2-door hardtops in 1970. The only exception were the high end Custom trims. Because the Swinger name was applied to all 2-door hardtops it is not uncommon to find Slant Six and 318 V8 Swinger models from 1970. The top line performance Dodge Dart remained the Swinger 340 2-door hardtop from 1969. This highly sought after model included the following features and equipment standard.
- Functional Hood Scoops w/ 340 Emblems & Bumble Bee Stripe on Rear
- 340 cu in (5.6 L) LA V8 Engine
- Front Disc Brakes
- Rallye Suspension with 3.23:1 rear axle ratio
- Fiberglass-Belted Bias Ply Tires
- 14″ X 5.5″ Steel Wheels
The following was optional equipment:
- All-Vinyl Bucket Seats
- Center Console
- Performance Scoop Flat Black Hood w/ tie-down pins
- Power-Assisted Brakes
- Power Steering
- Rallye Wheels & Wire Wheel Covers
- 6,000 RPM Tachometer
- Vinyl Roof Covering in Black or White
Demon / Sport
The Demon trim was first introduced in 1971 after a short stint as the Beaver. The Demon trim was expanded with the Demon 340 including an optional blackout hood treatment. In addtion a high end Demon Sizzler model was made coming equipped with rally wheels among other high value features. In 1973 the Demon was renamed to the Sport in response to complaints from Christian groups.
Special Editions & Packages
- Dodge Dart Charger (1965) – These were yellow with Dart GT hardtops.
- Convertriple (1973 & 1974) – Fold down rear seat, advertised as “Three Cars in One”
- Dart SE (1974) – Special Edition included the “Quiet Car” package among many interior amenities.
- Caravan Tan (1974) – Dart Sport with various desert color packages
- Hang Ten (1975) – Marketed to surfers with stylized interior
- A38 Police Package (1976) – High spec components including heavy duty suspension.
- Spirit of ’76 (1976) – A marketed tie-in with US Bicentennial
- Dart Lite – Offered in response to increased interest in fuel economy
Other Types of Dodge Darts
Dodge Darts were also used extensively as taxi cabs throughout the whole production run. These were different each year but afforded interior upgrades with heavy duty floor mats and seats. In 1976 a Chrome Yellow Taxi package was also available. Classic Dodge Darts were also used in competitive racing including the D-Dart in 1966 which was a heavily modified Dart GT. Classic Darts were also used in SCCA Competition as well as Super stock which included the Hurst Hemi Dart.
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