AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Plymouth Duster 340

Car: Plymouth Duster 340

Year: 1970

What makes it special: It was the first model year for Plymouth's Duster, which was a fastback version of the Plymouth Valiant. It was the result of Plymouth's planning staff wanting to use their allotted 1970 restyling money for something different than the usual two and four-door Valiants.

What made it famous: The Duster 340 was the performance model of only two versions available for 1970, the other being the standard Duster. The Duster 340 featured a 340 cu in V8 engine as opposed to the available 198 or 225 cubic inch inline "Slant 6" or 318 cu in V8 available in the standard version.

Why I would want one: In my opinion, it was the best looking Duster that was ever produced, plus a 340 V8 mated to an available 4-speed manual transmission always equals hours of fun.

Fun fact: Throughout the years, different variations of Plymouth's Duster were offered with model names that included "Feather" Duster, "Gold" Duster, "Silver" Duster, "Space" Duster, Duster "Twister", "340" Duster and "360" Duster.

Photo from moparmusclemagazine.com