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Does A Car Reflect A Personality Or A Culture? In The Case Of This Black Dart, It Does Both


Does A Car Reflect A Personality Or A Culture? In The Case Of This Black Dart, It Does Both

Geoff Gates’ Dodge Dart is a sinister-looking beast, isn’t it? Black inside, black outside, and it even has California black plates on it. It’s a mean-looking Dart, one that’s pretty simple and straightforward…no ultra-trick parts, no pretenses. It’s a stout enough piece, with a 360, 727 and 3.55-geared 8 3/4 making things happen, it’s got the murdered-out look without feeling forced, and it would fit in pretty much everywhere except a concourse show. There isn’t any over-styling and meets Gates’ one expectation: that the build will look timeless and good regardless how much time passes by. /drive’s Mike Musto wheels the Dart around the streets of Oakland, California to see if the build works or if something is missing.


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6 thoughts on “Does A Car Reflect A Personality Or A Culture? In The Case Of This Black Dart, It Does Both

  1. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Can any BangShifters give me any tips to remove unsightly stains from my computer as I have had an inconvenient accident whilst watching the video!

  2. ANGRYJOE

    I like it. As with anything there are things I would have done differently but overall it works. I do disagree on it’s timeless look. I feel that it looks dated. The monochromatic thing died (thankfully) in the early 90’s and it was a horrible look IMO. But, this one…it works for me..I would wheel it everyday and not think twice.

  3. The Librarian

    A nice enough ride to be sure. But I have to go with Joe on this. The monochromatic look has come and gone. Perhaps with a small reprieve from S.O.A. Personally I’ll let the rugged individualistic bikers have their “murdered out” look and put a touch of bright work on it. Certainly make it a bit lighter in appearance. Interior’s nice though.

  4. jerry z

    I like Darts/Duster but they were made like junk! I owned a 74 Duster that did take a lot of abuse because it wasn’t worth the money to invest in rebuilding it. I did try back in the early 80’s buy a 68 Dart 340 but it drove so horribly bad, I walked away from the car after just driving it for 2 minutes!

    The Dart is nice looking but to be really understated, I would have left the factory color like an avocado green or harvest gold like your parents appliances back in the 70’s! Usually when I see one for sale on CL, it is one of those colors.

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