1967-1972 Dodge Dart Identification Guide

In 1967, Dodge drastically changed the styling of the Dart from the previous year, and the basic shape of this revamped Dart was used up through the end of production in 1976. This page describes the changes that took place from year to year (through 1972), which can be used to visually identify the model year of a particular Dart.

The most accurate way to identify the vintage of a particular Dart in this model year range is to just look at the VIN. It will have 13 digits, and the 6th digit from the left is the year. If it is a 7, its a 1967, 8 is 1968, 9 is 1969, 0 is 1970, 1 is 1971 and 2 is 1972. Of course, the VIN information isn't always available, for example perhaps you are trying to identify a car which is driving down the street or one in a photograph. This is where knowing the differences from year to year will come in handy. However, be aware that because Darts in the 1968 through 1972 range have more similarities than differences, it is possible to essentially transform any given Dart into one that matches a different model year. How difficult this transformation would be depends on which year you are starting from and which year you want to end up at. Some transformations would be extremely easy; for example to make a 1971 look like a 1972 (or vice versa) merely requires swapping out the turn signals (along with the grills, probably). Likewise, the line between a 1970 and 1971 can be blurred with a rear bumper swap. So, just be aware that although being able to visually identify the model year of a particular Dart is helpful, you can never be completely sure unless you verify your diagnosis against the VIN. If you want to get really technical about this stuff, since it is physically possible (although illegal) to mess with the VIN plate, even that step may not eliminate all possibility for error.


1967 Highlights: Features unique to the 1967 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

The distinguishing feature of the 1967 Dart's front end is the turn signals, which are rectangular in shape and are in an outboard position, almost right up against the headlights. Notice how they actually match the curve of the grill as they reach out to try and touch the headlights.

The rear end of the 1967 Dart is basically squared off from front to back (it does not slope like the 1970+ models), and the tail lights are located in the back of the quarter panels (as opposed to in the bumper like the 1970+ models). Notice also that there are no sidemarker lights in the fenders or quarter panels. The 1967 Dart is the only one in this body style to not have these lights.


1968 Highlights: Features unique to the 1968 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

1968 saw the addition of sidemarker lights in the fenders and quarter panels. These sidemarker lights are round and are located high on the body, a little higher than midway up the car. Also, the front turn signals were moved inboard a bit (away from the headlights) and were changed to a round shape instead of rectangular.


1969 Highlights: Features unique to the 1969 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

Ironically, the two main changes that marked the switch from 1967 to 1968 (turn signals and side marker lights) are also the major players in the transformation from 1968 to 1969. If 1968 was the year that made the Dart's world "go round", then 1969 must be the year that it became "hip to be square", because both the turn signals and the sidemarker lights changed from round to rectangular.

The 1969 rectangular turn signals are still different from the 1967's rectangular turn signals though, because although the shape changed back to rectangular, they stayed in the same basic position as the 1968 turn signals (inboard). Note that they are further away from the headlights than the 1967 turn signals are, and they do not follow the contour of the grill like the 1967 turn signals do.

As far as the sidemarker lights in the fenders and quarter panels are concerned, besides changing shape from round to rectangular, they were moved much lower on the body.


1970 Highlights: Features unique to the 1970 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

1970 brings a major styling change to the Dart linup. Although the 1967 through 1972 Darts have a very similar body shape, they can easily be divided into two groups; 1967-1969 and 1970-1972. Although the basic body shape remained the same, both ends of the car underwent some drastic changes.

The front end was changed to what I sometimes refer to as the "scowl" because if you're at the right angle (looking down at the front of the car), the protruding hood and fenders cover the tops of the headlights, giving the car the appearance as if it is scowling, or glaring at you. Its a great look, and I think this style of front end is my favorite because it is more of a "muscle" look as compared to the relatively sedate "family car" vibe of the 1967-1969 models. (Viewed from other angles, this new Dart front end has a look somewhat reminiscent of the 1970 Barracuda.) In the 1967 through 1969 Darts, the headlights are basically protruding, and the middle of the grill is sunk in. Its the opposite for the 1970 through 1972 models; the middle of the grill is pushed out, and it is the headlights which are recessed.

The changes to the back of the car were just as drastic as those in the front. Instead of the basically squared off rear end (when viewed from the side), it now has an angle to it, sloping down from front to back. (The popular Scat Pack bumblebee stripe which is slanted to match compliments the car very nicely.) The slanted rear end gives gives the car a feeling of motion even when its standing still, although this look came at the expense of a decrease in trunk space. Another obvious change to the rear end is that the tail lights are no longer a square-ish shape mounted in the quarter panel sheet metal, they are now rectangular, and mounted in the bumper.


1971 Highlights: Features unique to the 1971 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

The only major styling difference from 1970 to 1971 is at the back of the car; the front end stayed the same. The 1970 Dart had two large rectangular tail lights mounted in the bumper. The 1971 tail lights are still rectangular, but they are smaller and there are now four of them instead of two. The reverse lamps are located in the centers of the innermost set of tail lights.

The 1970 and 1971 Darts are the only ones (from 1967 to 1972) that you need to get behind to positively identify. All of the other years have something unique about their front end which allows you to tell what year it is from the front alone. You can narrow it down to 1970 or 1971 from the front, but to take it any further you'll need to walk around behind the car and look at the bumper.


1972 Highlights: Features unique to the 1972 Dart (as compared to all other 1967-1972 style Darts): Identification Process:

Not much was changed between 1971 and 1972 with regards to exterior styling. The rear end stayed the same, but you can distinguish a the two from the front. The turn signals are slightly different than on the 1970 and 1971 models in that they have a prominent ridge or raised bezel surrounding them. Also, the grill is no longer split by a vertical bar in the middle.
1967-1972 Dodge Dart Identification Guide