AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger 340

Car: Dodge Dart Swinger 340

Year: 1970

What makes it special: For 1970, the Dodge Dart was restyled, with the "Swinger" name given to all the Dart two-door hardtops except in the high-line Custom series. The Swinger 340 was the performance model for the Dodge Dart line.

What made it famous: The Swinger 340 came with functional hood scoops, 340 emblems, a 275 hp, 340 4-barrel V8 engine, heavy duty "Rallye" suspension, a 3.23:1 rear axle ratio, 14" × 5½" steel wheels, and famed "Bumble Bee" stripe.  

Why I would want one: It falls under the "Factory Hot Rod" category for me. A V8 engine stuffed into the same engine compartment that would also house the 170 cu in Slant-6. That equals fun time at the stop lights.

Fun fact: The A-body Dart was replaced by the F-Body Dodge Aspen in late spring of 1976. 35 years later, the Dodge Dart was resurrected in 2013 as a nameplate in the domestic market to replace the Dodge Caliber as Dodge's compact passenger car.