AJ's Car of the Day 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Super Stock
Car: Dodge Hemi Dart Super Stock
What makes it special: In 1968, Dodge contracted Hurst Performance to build a limited number of 440 V8 Wedge and 426 Hemi-powered Darts to compete in the SS/B class as the LO23 Hurst Hemi Dart.
What made it famous: A select number of Dodge Dart body shells were shipped off to Hurst who would then install a magnesium cross ram-inducted 426 Hemi into the engine bay, and rear wheel well arches were modified and the front shock towers as well. Fiberglass fenders and hood, lightened bumpers, lexan windows and Dodge A100 Van seats mounted on drilled seat rails were added while side view mirrors, radio, heater, floor and firewall soundproofing and back seats were deleted. A trunk mounted battery, acid-dipped doors, belt straps were substituted for window cranks as part of the weight decreasing strategy.
Why I would want one: These Spartan Super Stock Dodges are legendary, and many buyers have left them exactly how they were delivered, with a primer paint main body and fiberglass resin fenders and hood. These are about as raw and powerful as can be imagined.
Fun fact: When shipped to a dealership, these Hemi Darts had a disclaimer on the window saying, "Warning: This Super Stock vehicle is to be shipped on the bottom level only of all rail and truck transportation." This was to ensure that the Hemi's low hanging oil pan would not get damaged, and keep the fiberglass nose from being damaged on any low hanging obstacles.
( 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Super Stock photo from onlineautoconnection.com )