Family Fun: 1964 Dodge Dart 270 Convertible – Sold?

by | Dec 2021 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

January 19, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Oceanside, California is one of the few areas of the country where you can truly enjoy comfortable top-down convertible weather year-round. Add seventeen-year family ownership and this 1964 Dodge Dart convertible originally listed in December 2021 on Craigslist in Oceanside, California (San Diego) could likely tell a lot of great stories.  A very solid, driver-quality example in need of interior and convertible top work, this is a great example of a classic ride you can drive while you make upgrades to it as your time and budget permit.

Featuring a Slant Six/Automatic powertrain,  the current caretaker is currently asking $13,500 for their ’64 Dodge Dart Convertible.  A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals private seller has their Dart priced optimistically between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $13,000 and the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $17,200.  Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $9,900 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $16,200.  There’s a good chance here the seller may be trying to apply values for a V8-powered Dart GT rather than the ones for their more humble inline-six Dart 270.

Redesigned for 1963, Dodge made a last-minute decision to drop the Lancer name in favor of Dart for division’s newly designed “senior compact”, a marketing term referring to the nearly five-inch lengthened wheelbase of 111 inches.  This longer wheelbase used the same A-body suspension of the Valiant and defunct Lancer and would underpin all nearly Darts from 1963 to 1976 except station wagon and Demon variants. The longer wheelbase provided more rear-seat legroom and Dodge offered three trim levels: the low-spec 170, the high-spec 270 featured here, and the premium GT, which was available only as a 2-door hardtop or convertible.  The Dart was an instant market success, with 1963 sales up sharply compared to those of the 1962 Lancer.  1964 was the last year for pushbutton control of the optional Torqueflite automatic transmission while other new features included stronger door locks and a refined automatic choke.  To celebrate’s Dodge’s 50th anniversary, a special Anniversary Gold paint and trim scheme such as what’s featured on the car here carries.

Here’s a commercial highlighting the ’64 Dodge Dart GT:

If you’re for a nicely sized four-passenger classic convertible that can fit in your garage but don’t like the idea of a thirsty V8, this compact 1964 Dodge Dart 270 featured here makes a compelling alternative.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1964 Dodge Dart Convertible. 6 Cylinder.
Runs great. Original unmolested. Interior has wear with a tear in the driver’s lower seat portion and the convertible cover has a few tears/rips. Body is absolutely excellent. Mechanical great. Owned for the past 17 years by the same family.”

Restore or drive As-Is: what would you do with this 1964 Dodge Dart 270 convertible?  Comment below and let us know!

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