The 1970 Dodge Dart is an iconic and collectible car that marks both a transition for the Dodge Dart nameplate but also for the American automotive industry. This page is dedicated to providing information and resources about the 1970 model year.  To see current 1970 Dodge Dart cars listed for sell see our 1970 Listings feed.

1970 Dart ADWhy 1970?
The 1970 model year was a pivotal time not only for the Dodge Dart but for the automobile industry as a whole. Increasing safety and environmental standards forced major changes to cars of the time such as side marker lights and reflectors among other changes such as federally mandated steering column ignition locks.

The 1970 model year is important to the Dodge Dart because it includes many major design and option changes. It is also a year that includes the popular Swinger 340 model.

For both of these reasons and more, the 1970 Dodge Dart is one of the most sought after classic Dart model years by collectors, restoration buyers and enthusiasts.

Read below to learn more about the Dodge Dart history including specs and features.   If you have come here looking to buy a used 1970 Dodge Dart, use our For Sale section to the right.

Dart Dart Review: Model Year 1970

1970 Dodge Dart SwingerThe Dodge Dart was a classic car made by Chrysler for the Dodge brand from 1960 to 1976. It began as a full-size car and eventually ended up as a compact. Dodge has also reintroduced the Dart nameplate for a new line of compact cars, however this vehicle is unrelated.

In 1970 Chrysler redesigned the Dart with major front and rear changes to align it closer with full-size Dodge vehicles. This included both grille and counter changes along with rectangular tail lights, wedge-shaped bumper. A new deck lid and quarter panels were also introduced. One major impact of the redesign was trunk space being reduce by nearly 50%.

Other major changes for model year 1970 are as follows:

  • 14 inch wheels became standard equipment
  • 198 cu in (3.2 L) Slant-6 replaced 170 cu in (2.8 L) Slant-6 – the result was not only better base model performance but also an increase in economies of scale in manufacturing due to more shared resources during engine production.
  • Better driving, fuel economy and emissions due to improvements to fuel systems
  • Part-throttle downshift was included with the V8 auto trans models
  • 383 cu in (6.3 L) RB V8 Engine discontinued

The popular Swinger model was applied to all Dodge Dart 2-door hardtops except for the Custom trims. The Convertible trim was also discontinued. 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.

  • 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
  • All-Vinyl Bucket Seats (Optional)
  • Center Console (Optional)
  • Performance Scoop Flat Black Hood w/ tie-down pins (Optional)
  • Power-Assisted Brakes (Optional)
  • Power Steering (Optional)
  • Rallye Wheels & Wire Wheel Covers (Optional)
  • 6,000 RPM Tachometer (Optional)
  • Vinyl Roof Covering in Black or White (Optional)

1970 Dodge Dart Photo Gallery

Pictured below are various 1970 Dodge Dart photos. None of these images are owned by all images rights of respective owners.

Green Dart

Green Dart w/ Hood Scoop



Blue Dart on Dragstrip with Blower

Blue Dart with Blower


Lime Green Mopar Dart

Lime Green Mopar Dart

Source: Mopar Muscle


Pink Dart with Girl

Pink Dart with Girl

Source: Hot Rodding

1970 Dodge Dart Ad

1970 Dodge Dart Swinger Ad
1970 Dodge Dart Custom Ad

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