1967-1972 Dodge Dart Identification Guide


Why does this web site exist?

I created this page because when I initially became interested in the 1967 through 1972 style Dodge Darts, I was having some difficulty finding information about what visual cues can be used to identify a particular model year Dart, just by looking at a car (or a picture of a car). The information was scattered across various web sites; some of it was not particularly descriptive and almost none of it had accompanying photos. I decided to create a page that would have all of the information in one place, with pictures to visually show the changes from year to year. Also, I have found that a really good way to learn a subject is to try and teach it to others, so I figured that the process of creating this page would burn this information into my brain. Even if not, its still a win-win because I can just refer back to this page in the future if I need a refresher. :-)

Where did the pictures come from? (How can you be sure they are accurate?)

All of the car photos in the identification guide portion of the web site came from Dodge promotional brochures or advertisements. I Photoshopped the backgrounds away, then added the arrows and descriptive text.

I wanted to use images directly from Dodge as opposed to surfing the 'net for photos of actual vehicles because people tend to modify their cars, doing things like filling in sidemarker lights, swapping out turn signals, etc. By using the images directly from Dodge, I can be assured of the most accurate visual depiction possible for each year. The cars pictured for a particular model year are from the actual brochure for that year, with one exception. In the interests of full disclosure, I feel the need to tell you that the rear shot of the red "1971" Dart is actually from the 1972 brochure. This is because I could not find a 1971 brochure. I would have used a 1971 brochure if I had one available, but since I did not, I elected to use the rear shot from the 1972 because that end of the car was unchanged between 1971 and 1972.

Why do you only cover 1967-1972 Darts? They made them all the way from 1960 through 1976, you know!

Yes, I know. The truth is that the 1967 through 1972 Darts are the models that interest me the most. I have nothing against the 1960 through 1966 Darts, and I would be proud to own one, but at the moment, I am focused on the '67-72 style. As far as the 1973 through 1976 models go, I simply do not care for their looks. I realize that beauty is only skin deep, and I am aware that there is a genuine Mopar living and breathing under the sheet metal, but I just cannot get past the styling of that "Grandma and Grandpa" front end! IMHO, Mopar's design department dropped the Dart from the top of an ugly tree in 1973, and every succeeding model year hit another branch on the way down! :-)

If there is enough interest, I may consider adding the earlier and later models to this site at a future date. Actually, I probably should include the 1973-1976 models, if for no other reason than the fact that they share the same basic shape with the 1967 through 1972 models.

Hey, what is your problem? I own and/or like the 1973-1976 Dart - its a great car!

I don't doubt that - it is a Mopar, after all! :-) I'm glad you like your Dart, and if you consider it attractive, you should not allow my opinions to influence your own. It really is as simple as beauty being in the eye of the beholder, and I'm not about to make any apologies for my sincere opinion that Dart styling took a serious turn for the worse in 1973. If it is of any consolation to you, the Dart is by no means the only vehicle that Ma Mopar's styling department has sent straight to the crapper. Its not even the first; just go back two years and take a look at what they did to the B-body in 1971 - some of the best looking muscle cars ever conceived were transformed into the mongrel progeny of a coke bottle and a suppository! :-( (Heh! - Now I've really ticked off a bunch of folks!) Oh well; at least I'm an equal opportunity offender. :-)

Why didn't you mention <such and such> which changed from <this year> to <that year>?

Probably because I don't know about it, don't have enough information to definitively confirm that this change did indeed happen between the model years in question, or didn't consider it important enough to mention. If you know of any other helpful items which can be used to identify Darts, please feel free to forward them to me at DodgeDartIDGuide@JonSteiger.com or by using this contact form and I will consider adding them to this page. I'm sure that there were a great many changes throughout the years, and certain options and such can probably be used to identify or narrow down certain model years, but my goal when creating this guide was to keep things as simple as possible. That's why I just concentrate on the major items; its less to remember, and I wanted to focus on the obvious differences so that a particular model year can be identified at a glance. If there are other differences though, I would be interested in learning about them, and I will try to incorporate them into the identification guide.

You screwed something up.

Everyone makes mistakes, and I make more than most. :-) If you notice any errors on this site, please let me know by using the contact form or by e-mailing me at DodgeDartIDGuide@JonSteiger.com Thanks!

Here's what I think of this web site...

I have attempted to create a Dodge Dart identification guide which will be informative, useful, and hopefully even a little entertaining. I would be interested to know if it this sort of thing is of any real value. If you have found it helpful, please let me know. Who knows, if there is a need for this type of thing, maybe I will consider doing the same for other Mopar vehicles. (Or, if this inspires you to create a similar guide for your own particular favorite model, that's great - have at it!) If you are a webmaster of a Mopar or automotive related web site and you are interested in linking to this guide, please consider this an open invitation to do so. The URL is [ http://DartID.JonSteiger.com ].

I hope you found something of value to you within these pages. Thanks for visiting!

1967-1972 Dodge Dart Identification Guide