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 Merrick, New York (Long Island) competed head-to-head. The current caretaker has their Dart Wagon listed as a 58K original mile survivor and is asking $9,800, which a quick check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his wagon smartly priced just under 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.
We like the detailed and honest description of the current caretaker provides. This is a great driver quality candidate with a nice color combination and great mechanicals for someone who wants to daily an old station wagon in place of an ubiquitous modern SUV. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“THIS IS A 1966 DODGE DART STATION WAGON~225 SLANT 6~CERTICARD~VERY RARE! TURN KEY! MUST SEE!
This is the rarest of the rare! When was the last time you saw a 66′ Dodge Dart station wagon on the road? Probably never because I never saw one or even knew they existed!!
People always say to me when I am driving it, “What is that”, “I never seen one”, “How many did they make”, etc)
I purchased this Dart Wagon from a woman who lived in Tennessee a few years ago, and I had fun with it since then. It has 58,000 miles on it (*58,748 to be exact) . When I first got the car, I did an oil change, tune-up etc. *My mechanic said to me while it was up on the lift that the mileage seemed to be accurate judging from what he saw (as did the seller), however I cannot confirm it.
The wagon has the original “Certicard” that came with the car with the original owner (see photo), and that you don’t see to often.The motor is the famous 225 Slant 6, which if you don’t know is indestructible (they last forever). It takes regular gas and gets great gas mileage. It has power steering, AM/FM radio with cassette. The tires are new and everything works. It has about 8 feet of storage room in the back (with the rear seat folded down). It seats about 6 comfortable. It has the old style crank handle in the back to roll the window down by turning it clockwise or counterclockwise to roll it up. (People tell me the back of the wagon looks like E.T.
I had the transmission completely rebuilt about 100 miles ago (only because it ran a little “sluggish”), and that cost me $1,200 and it still has 2 years left on the warranty and it is transferable!!
It’s a very cool and rare car to drive and I get looks everywhere I go especially with “Surf Boards” on top (and YES, they are included!)
Is it a perfect car? no, it has some bubbling and fading on the paint in some areas, (but looks great especially driving down the road) The drivers door key works fine on the driver’s door, but sometimes doesn’t open the passenger door, so you have to open it from the inside. There is a separate button for the horn. It has it’s quirks, but C’mon what do you expect from a 54 year old car that looks and runs this good that gets that much attention!
I was even written up in the newspaper about the car (See photos)…… Don’t let this one get away, and you will probably never find another one like this,
I am asking $9,800 or best reasonable offer..Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I live in Long Island, NY. So, feel free to come by if your are local to inspect the car. It is registered and inspected! (And yes we have to be 6 feet apart!) Good luck and stay safe out there!”
*Please, no scams! I know all the tricks!!“
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