1964 Dodge DartS

When we saw the '73 Plymouth Scamp last week, I promised we'd try to put a dent in the unfortunate deficit of Chrysler A-bodies in this series. So, reaching into my stash of DOTS photos (I ain't sayin' how many I have, but you can count on seeing an Alameda street survivor each day for quite a while), I'm presenting this proud '64 Dart 270.

1964 Dodge DartS


Sometimes it seems that the 1964-66 Mopar A-bodies get overlooked, being overshadowed by the wonderfully nutjob toilet-seat-on-the-trunklid styling of the early 60s Darts and Valiants and the angular look of the ones that followed. Still, they weren't exactly wallflowers.

1964 Dodge DartS


The 270 was the mid-priced Dart for '64, placed between the cheapskate 170 and the upscale GT.

1964 Dodge DartS


Standard engine was the 170-cube Slant Six, and you really couldn't go wrong with that engine choice; generally the engine was the last thing to die on these cars. Of course, some opted for the 225 six or the damn-near-as-reliable 273 V8; yes, you could get one with a 4-speed!

1964 Dodge DartS


Those headlights look a bit owlish, but it's a distinctive look.

1964 Dodge DartS


Not quite as many Darts were hooned into freeway abutments as their Chevy II counterparts; couple that with the immortal Slant Six and it's no shock that plenty of these cars still roam the streets (well, in rust-free areas, anyway). The old yellow-on-black plates tell us this car has spent its entire life in California.