October 1st, 2019 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Dart sold the car, so please use the search bar to find a similar car that may be currently available. Thanks for looking!
Once listed on Craigslist in Mayfield, New York is a 1976 Dart Sport Sport the current owner has lost interest in and is looking to get $11,000. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the current caretaker has his Dart Sport priced about halfway between the #1 “Concours” value of $12,800 and the #2 “Excellent” level of $10,000. That seems a bit optimistic but we note the seller is open to offers so you may be able to negotiate that down considering his Dart has not been on the road “for the past couple of years.”
In 1971 Dodge launched a badge-engineered version of Plymouth’s new Duster and called it the “Dart Demon.” Offering similar powertrains as the Duster, the Dodge version never sold as well. 1976 was the Dart’s final year in the North-American market. While Dodge discontinued the Dart Sport 360 as a separate model in 1976, on 727 Torqueflite-equipped models such as the example presented here, the division continued to offer the 360 cubic inch (5.9 L) four-barrel, dual exhaust (without catalytic converters) V8 as a $376 option outside of California. Car & Driver magazine tested the Dart Sport 360 in the April 1976 issue, pitting it against the Chevrolet Corvette and Pontiac Trans Am, and found its top speed of 121.6 mph to be second to the Corvette’s 124.5 mph.
The private seller reports his Dart Sport runs and drives features new front seats, carpet, dash pad, carburetor, tires, spark plugs, and a new third member featuring 3:90 gears. Based on the pictures provided, the body of this Dart Sport appears to be in great condition, however its extremely important to go through this car’s underbody thoroughly ensure there is no rust. Also look for consistency on the various trim tags located on several parts of the body (you can find out where they are located on various Mopar forums). The overspray on the front cowl has us thinking this example may have received a repaint at some point; you’ll need to confirm that directly with the seller. Unfortunately, the upholstery of the new front seats does not match the original pattern found on the rear bench.
Overall, we love the rake and color of this Dart Sport that’s set off nicely by the classic Cragar SS wheels. If they can negotiate a bit on price, the next caretaker will have a lot of fun either cruising to shows or perhaps even bracket racing with their new Dart Sport. Either way, good luck with the purchase!