Find Out What This 1975 Dodge Dart Sport Has In Common With A 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

As a way to cut costs, Steve Magnante states that Chrylser reused certain parts between models including the same hood between the Dart and Barracuda.


It’s a new Steve Magnante junkyard crawl and time for another history lesson for Mopar fans. In his latest YouTube episode, Magnante explores a 1975 Dodge Dart Sport. It’s a classic car nameplate with a unique heritage and a common lineage with other Chrysler cousins. Find out the commonality below.


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The Demon Is In The Details

Before diving into what used to make this Dodge Dart Sport tick, Magnante shares the origins of the Dodge Dart Demon—the predecessor to the Dart Sport. Dodge started selling the Demon in 1971 as its take on the Plymouth Duster.

However, marketing and public perceptions in the 1970s differed from today. According to Magnante, church groups objected to this devilish reference. So instead, Dodge launched the Dart Sport beginning with the 1973 model year.

By 1976, the Aspen appeared and shared showroom space with the Dart Sport. Yet the Dart name was history a year later and wouldn’t see the light again until 2013 (when it came back as a re-engineered Alfa Romeo Giulietta).

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Dodge Borrows From Plymouth

Magnante points out one of the most interesting facts about this Dodge; it shares a hood from the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. It’s an obscure detail, but that’s what his videos are all about. Using a component from an out-of-production vehicle on something newer is “kind of weird,” but the approach likely helped Chrysler stretch the budget 50 years ago.

He adds, “it goes to show that they don’t always scrap tooling even though they change the design of a car.” Another oddity was that beginning in 1973, the headlight surrounds switched from plastic to metal. These are the same ones used in a 1967 Dodge Dart.

No Demon Under This Hood

While the predecessor Dart Demon enjoyed hefty V8 power with as much as 275 ponies, this wasn’t the case with the 1975 Dart Sport. By this time, automakers stood concerned with fuel economy (the first oil embargo ended in 1974).

So, base power came from Chrysler’s trusty 225-cubic-inch slant-six engine making 95 horsepower. The majority (28,391) of Dart Sports built for 1975 came with the fuel sipper. A further 8,801 units got the neutered 318-cubic-inch V8 that offered 145 horsepower. By this point, the muscle car era had long since passed. There was nothing demonic about these powerplants.

Source: YouTube/Steve Magnante, automobile-catalog.com

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