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1970 Dodge Dart

Swinger 340
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$42,900
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
11 November 2022
Sold Date
F173
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. LM23H0R150117. Banana Yellow with black hood scoops, black tail stripe and spoiler and black vinyl roof over black vinyl. 340/275hp, 4-speed with Hurst shifter, Rallye wheels, hood pins, power steering, bucket seats, original radio.

Evaluation: Good paint and chrome. Straight, clean roof vinyl. The windshield frame fits loosely on the right side. Good restored interior. Clean, restored and lightly used underneath. Done to fairly good standards and in appropriately loud colors.

Bottom Line: Dodge introduced the “Swinger” in 1969, and it added a Hurst 4-speed, Rallye suspension, bumble bee stripes, and 14-inch wheels. The loud and proud twin hood scoops touted the Swinger’s sporty intent, but Dodge also played up the car’s performance value, boasting in one ad that “If you’re a swinger who thinks your budget can’t swing a new car this year…take a look at the new Dart Swinger.” Naming your car the “Swinger” might not fly in 2022, but let’s remember that Merriam-Webster also defines a swinger as a “person who is lively, exciting, and fashionable.”

The Swinger 340 was the sportiest Dart available in 1970, and today they’re still a not-too-expensive ticket to Mopar muscle ownership, although values have gone up quite a bit over the past three years. In 2020, $42,900 would have bought the best Swinger in the world. Today, it’s a rational price for an older restoration like this.

by Andrew Newton
18 November 2022

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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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