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The 1970 Dodge Dart is an iconic and collectible car that marks both a transition for the Dodge Dart nameplate but also for the American automotive industry. This website is dedicated to providing information and resources about the 1970 model year along with a comprehensive classifieds section focusing on the United States.
The 1970 model year was a pivotal time not only for the Dodge Dart but for the automobile industry as a whole. Increasing safety and environmental standards forced major changes to cars of the time such as side marker lights and reflectors among other changes such as federally mandated steering column ignition locks.
The 1970 model year is important to the Dodge Dart because it includes many major design and option changes. It is also a year that includes the popular Swinger 340 model. For both of these reasons, the 1970 Dodge Dart is one of the most sought after classic Dart model years.
Read below to learn more about the Dodge Dart history including specs and features. Also feel free to use the navigation to the top of the page to learn more about various Dodge Dart trims for model year 1970, parts resources and pictures. If you have come here looking to buy a used 1970 Dodge Dart, use our For Sale section to the right.
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Dart Dart Review: Model Year 1970
Dodge Dart History
The Dodge Dart was a classic car made by Chrysler for the Dodge brand from 1960 to 1976. It began as a full-size car and eventually ended up as a compact. Dodge has also reintroduced the Dart nameplate for a new line of compact cars, however this vehicle is unrelated.
Original 1st Gen (1960-1961) Dart's were large sedans and wagons before becoming mid-sized cars in 1962 for a short 2nd generation body redesign. For the 3rd Gen (1963-1966) Dodge adopted the "senior compact" class and finally fell more into a muscle car compact design in 1967 which would carry through to the end of the classic Dart line. 1967 ushered in the GT and GTS trims which could include more powerful 340 5.6L V8 engines and eventually in 1969 the iconic Dodge Dart Swinger 340 was released.
The 1970 Dodge Dart
In 1970 Chrysler redesigned the Dart with major front and rear changes to align it closer with full-size Dodge vehicles. This included both grille and counter changes along with rectangular tail lights, wedge-shaped bumper. A new deck lid and quarter panels were also introduced. One major impact of the redesign was trunk space being reduce by nearly 50%.
Other major changes for model year 1970 are as follows:
- 14 inch wheels became standard equipment
- 198 cu in (3.2 L) Slant-6 replaced 170 cu in (2.8 L) Slant-6 - the result was not only better base model performance but also an increase in economies of scale in manufacturing due to more shared resources during engine production.
- Better driving, fuel economy and emissions due to improvements to fuel systems
- Part-throttle downshift was included with the V8 auto trans models
- 383 cu in (6.3 L) RB V8 Engine discontinued
The popular Swinger model was applied to all Dodge Dart 2-door hardtops except for the Custom trims. The Convertible trim was also discontinued. The top line performance Dodge Dart remained the Swinger 340 2-door hardtop from 1969. This highly sought after model included the following features and equipment.
- Functional Hood Scoops w/ 340 Emblems & Bumble Bee Stripe on Rear
- 340 cu in (5.6 L) LA V8 Engine
- Front Disc Brakes
- Rallye Suspension with 3.23:1 rear axle ratio
- Fiberglass-Belted Bias Ply Tires
- 14" X 5.5" Steel Wheels
- All-Vinyl Bucket Seats (Optional)
- Center Console (Optional)
- Performance Scoop Flat Black Hood w/ tie-down pins (Optional)
- Power-Assisted Brakes (Optional)
- Power Steering (Optional)
- Rallye Wheels & Wire Wheel Covers (Optional)
- 6,000 RPM Tachometer (Optional)
- Vinyl Roof Covering in Black or White (Optional)
After 1970 Dodge experimented with various trim designs including the Demo, Sizzler, Sport with available hardtop, convertible and coupe options. Although the Dart was discontinued in 1976 due to an ever changing automobile market and demand for better fuel economy; it is still widely known as one of the most successful compact American cars that was available.
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