Space 10: 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 Clone – SOLD!
January 13th Update: SOLD! This beautiful Duster 340 clone sold this past weekend after the out-of-state buyer saw the car on our website!
Guys With Rides is pleased to present our latest exclusive Reserved Parking feature: this 1972 Rally Red over black vinyl, Plymouth Duster 340 Wedge recreation the current caretaker of the past thirteen years in Bordentown, New Jersey has decided to sell with an asking price of $18,900 or best reasonable offer. If you are serious about purchasing this 340 clone, you can call James directly at (609) 372-7470 to start the conversation.
Here’s a video walk-around of the car that provides the nice sound of this Purple Power Camshaft-equipped 340:
This Duster started life as a typical slant six equipped, “Plain Jane” in Lexington, North Carolina. Years later, the second owner brought the rust-free yet straight used Duster back to his home in New Jersey where he proceeded to transform his purchase into 340 Wedge tribute car. In addition to a quality Rally Red and black exterior repaint, the second owner (located near Atlantic City) started the conversion by properly replacing the “K” member and front suspension needed to support a V8. He then installed a correct style 340 crate motor equipped with a Purple Power camshaft and headers that makes an estimated 300 horsepower. Handling the power and torque is a 747 Torque-Flite automatic controlled by a factory correct, console-mounted shifter. Monitoring the revs is a period correct factory hood tach which was a dealer-mounted option on 340s. Under dash after market water temperature and oil pressure gauges provide the driver an extra level of engine monitoring.
The quality of the paint has help up very well under Jame’s care. We are particularly impressed how perfect and glossy the black hood presents even in direct sunlight during filming. James sourced and installed a correct and rare ’72 “Shark Tooth” grille assembly to further enhance the 340 vibe.
During the restoration and build, the second owner sourced a set of factory correct vinyl high back bucket seats. A modern in-dash CD head unit and aftermarket “Duster” logo floor mats are the only other non-stock items not available in 1972. The interior overall is in excellent condition with a nice headliner and unmolested rear package shelf trim.
Our inspection of the body panels and underside has us convinced this car is a rust free and straight North Carolina example as we could not find any signs of collision damage or rust repair.
James, the current caretaker, made several improvements of his own over the past fourteen years. First, he changed out the SureGrip-equipped 8 3/4 rear end’s 3:91 axle ratio with a 3:32 gear set to make the car easier to drive around town. James also sourced the correct front disc brake components that were a factory option in 1972 so that he could continue to run the steel rally wheels with trim rings.
The only exterior imperfections we observed are a minor dent on the driver’s side front fender and a scratch along the passenger side rear quarter panel the current owner properly addressed. Both are so minor that its was very difficult for us to capture in pictures.
We love this Duster because its a faithful recreation of an early seventies 340 you can actually enjoy driving that will provide the same thrill as an original for half the price.
Good luck with the purchase!
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