Obviously I spend a lot of time at drag strips across the country at a multitude of different events. From stuff like the NMCA finals which we just finished on Monday morning (like 0’dark thirty Monday morning) to NHRA national events, the Street Car Super Nationals, and more. Because of that I can’t help but develop some favorites when it comes to cars, styles of cars, etc. This 1970 Plymouth Duster punches all of the right buttons for me and when you consider the neat racing history that it has, I think BangShifters will dig this car as well.
You are looking at a car that won the NHRA Division 5 PRO class title in 1980 and then traveled to the NHRA World Finals which were then held in Ontario, California to battle for national supremacy in the world of bracket racing. Powered by a 345ci small block, it has an old school cage (check out the “door bar” on the driver’s side!), an old school stance, all kinds of tires under the back, and was a 10-second zipper in its day. Want to talk about hardcore? The thing has 5.57 gears in the rear end so the little 345 is singing hard when it crosses the traps at the end of the quarter mile.
The car is not historically significant in the greater world of drag racing but it is kind of a time capsule look at what was (and still is) a really nice bracket car that was run as a class car as well in the super stock ranks as well. The story of the guy from Kansas City who had it and raced it in California is a heart breaker but not in the tragic way, just in the “that’s racing” way. It is worth a read and the ad is packed with great photos of this cool car.
I know that there are more efficient, modern, and “better” ways to build a car like this today but if I had the scratch for this car, I’d service the engine, trans, and axle, then hit the track. Big tires, some altitude in the stance and a couple shades of brown? Hello 1970s!