The smallest but still powerful Dodge muscle car – the Dart, was one of the most popular compact-size muscle car. It was even optionally available with 440 cubic inch engines!
What is more, it was also the most affordable muscle car on the market, especially 1969 Dodge Dart and its 1970 version. We talk exactly about ’69 car which received Swinger name for 2-door hardtop replaced 2-door sedan. New Swinger 340 modification become available.
1969 Dodge Dart design
In comparison with the top-end Charger and Challenger, the Dart is comparatively less impressive in terms of design. It mostly looks like ‘Cuda or Roadrunner shrunk in size for a bit.
The car has almost the same design from 1967 to 1970, differentiating only in small details like headlights, grille, rear lights.
The 1969 Dodge Dart received one more update to the grille (it was almost annual for most cars in the 1960s), rectangular blinkers instead of round in the previous year.
1969 Dodge Dart interior
The interior of the Dart was rather spartan. There are no details at all to catch the eye. Despite this, the cabin feels neat and accurate. Some versions with bucket seats have stylish round gauge of the tachometer in the center console.
Safety regulations of 1969 make head restraints on the seats obligatory.
1969 Dodge Dart specs
Darts were available in five standard versions, plus extremely rare Dart GTS 440. The standard engine was a weak straight-six with 170 cubic inches (2.8L) displacement, producing just 115 HP and 155 lb-ft. The second option was 273 cubic inch V8 (4.4L) producing 190 HP and 260 ft-lb of torque, equipped with a 2-barrel carburetor. 318 CID (5.2L) V8 mounted on Dart produced 230 HP and 340 lb-ft. The last two V8s installed only in GTS versions, 340 cu in (5.5L) and 383 (6.2L) engines producing 275 and 330 HP respectively. Both were equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor.
1969 Dodge Dart performance
According to Car Life magazine measurements, 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340 accelerates to 60 in 6.5 seconds, with the quarter-mile time of 14.82 seconds at 96 miles per hour.
1969 Dodge Dart price and collectibility
Back in the late 1960s, Dodge promotes Dart Swinger 340 as “6,000 RPM for under three grand”. And it was true – in 1969 it cost $2,836 without options, which was a great price, though only slightly below the bigger Roadrunner.
What is interesting, despite a rather limited production of Swingers (about 20,000 pieces for 340 V8 version, 106,000 total of all Darts) the car is reasonably priced even today – it is not difficult to find a 1969 Dodge Dart in moderate condition for less than $20,000.