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The 1969 Dodge Swinger Concept

In January, Mecum's auction in Kissimmee, Florida, will include a historic Dodge concept car.

The 1969 Chicago Auto Show saw the unveiling of the Dodge Dart Swinger 340 concept, which foreshadowed the production Dodge Dart Swinger, which appeared shortly after as a trim level for the small Dart.

The idea is based on a Dart, but with a few alterations, and was built by Alexander Brothers in Detroit.
The idea has square Cibie headlights (rather than the round production components), a pair of fog lights in the centre of the grille, and a Charger-like back fascia.
According to the auction item, a hood scoop and bespoke grille frame influenced elements that were eventually utilised on production vehicles.

The idea is finished in Maroon Metallic with a black tail stripe, which was a popular Mopar design detail at the time.
It has Goodyear Polyglas tyres on Ansen Sprint slotted aluminium wheels.
The fact that there are no windshield wipers and the washer reservoir is covered is a reminder that this is a concept automobile.

A 340-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust provides power.
The factory Dart Swinger has a comparable engine.
A 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter sends power to the rear wheels.

Dodge retained the Dart until the mid-1970s, when the Aspen took its place.
For the 2013 model year, the Dart name was reintroduced, however this 21st-century iteration only lasted until the 2016 model year.
Dodge created a couple Swinger-inspired ideas, but they didn't lead to any production versions, unlike the 1969 prototype.

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