Red, White, and Turquoise: 1966 Dodge Dart Station Wagon – Sold!
By the mid 1960’s, station wagon models accounted for nearly ten percent of all vehicles sold in America. To meet demand, U.S. Automobile manufacturers offered wagons in just about every size and price segment they competed in. In the compact class, Chevrolet’s Chevy II, Ford’s Falcon, and Dodge’s Dart such as the example listed on Craigslist in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania competed head-to-head. The current caretaker has their Dart Wagon listed as a daily driver and is asking $6,150, which a quick check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his wagon priced well below the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $9,990, $16,650, and $33,300, respectively.
For 1963, Dodge made a last-minute decision to drop the Lancer name in favor of Dart for Dodge’s newly designed “senior compact”, a marketing term referring to the wheelbase growing to 111 inches from the Lancer’s 106.5 inches. This longer wheelbase used the same A-body suspension of the Valiant and defunct Lancer, and would underpin all Darts from 1963 to 1976 except the 1963–1966 station wagons which used the Valiant’s 106-inch wheelbase) and the 1971–1976 Demon/Sport which used the Plymouth Duster’s 108 inch wheelbase. The Dart was available as a 2- or 4-door sedan, a 2-door hardtop coupe, a station wagon, and a convertible. Three trim levels were offered in the station wagon models: the low-spec 170 the high-spec 270. The Dart was an instant market success, with 1963 sales up sharply compared to those of the 1962 Lancer.
While the pictures provided indicate a very solid Florida car, why anyone would decide to badly paint what appears to be rattle can red on a car originally turquoise is beyond us. To make matters worse, the inner front fenders and firewall appear to be white-washed. Cosmetically all of these colors do not play well together and even the Rat Rod crowd would not fault you for getting this car repainted in the original Turquoise hue. It deserves it.
Cosmetic issues aside, the seller’s bold statement to have a buyer come down to Florida to drive the car home is likely a testament to the reliability of the virtually bullet-proof slant six and TorqueFlite powertrain. Based on all of the information provided, this appears to be a solid driver quality car you can enjoy as you cosmetically improve it. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Got a daily driver..
Great running/looking car
Car value over 7k
Gas tank, lines, system
I’ll be coming back to Pennsylvania to visit grand babies and family. Or you can come down here in Florida and drive it home.
This is a true Florida car…
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