Cohort Pic(k)s Of The Day: A ’63-’64 Dodge Dart Graveyard

It’s almost the weekend, days that I associate with visits to junkyards from my misspent twenties in search of spare parts. And while this field of Darts isn’t really a junkyard, it may as well play the part for this post. After all, it’s quite a collection of decaying Mopars, all surrounded by nice spring shrubbery.

With images at hand, let’s take a look around and see what we find. And once again, these images come from the Cohort courtesy of Hyperpack. As he indicated on his upload, the vehicles were part of the surrounding lot at G.O. Car Auto Sales in West Mifflin, PA.

So here’s a section with quite a few sad-looking Darts, mostly from ’63 and ’64.  I’m always somewhat conflicted by images such as these, in more than one way. First, always troubled to see these old cars go to seed, with many seeming to have been salvageable when they were last moved. Then, sensing that regardless, they still have plenty of goods to be rescued to bring life to someone else’s project. And finally, always finding the looks of rusty junked cars rather attractive, especially when lying against nature.

Need some ’64 Dart GT trim? Now, don’t get too excited. If I recall correctly, most of these were to be sold or scrapped. So these images may have been taken the last time these siblings sat together as a family. A broken and down in their luck family, but still…

So whatever you see here, it’s probably already gone to poachers better hands.

Here’s a ’63 270 model, with that googly Space-Age face looking at us.

And I know it’s been said at CC a few times, but the ’63-’64 Mopars mark a rather peculiar styling period. A brief interval featuring leftover space-age detailing from the Exner years, mixed with the sobriety of the new Engel regime. It’s quite a unique era.

Not that Engel was free of Space-Age fixations. He certainly had those as well. After all, these Darts carry the face of Engel’s Chrysler Turbine cars rather prominently.

Now, the asymmetrical interiors suggest more Exner than Engel, with that speedo pushed to the left of the steering wheel in that ‘dynamic’ looking instrument panel. That and the neat-looking transmission push buttons on the side.

Elsewhere, the remaining sheet metal of these compacts’ was becoming rather sober.

The reddish one is a 270 model, if you must know.

Let’s revisit the white ’64’s interior. As per info left on the Cohort, this GT was purchased as a parts car back in 1989. Looking at its condition, it will still serve that purpose well to some Dart enthusiast 25-plus years later.

Hubcaps still in place (!).

One more look at the ’63 brownish one. It is also a 270 model and carries a 225 slant six with a Torqueflite automatic.

That should do it for today’s tour, with one last look at the vacant googly eyes of the reddish ’64. However, this won’t be the last visit to this field, since in many shots it’s obvious there’s more to this lot than forgotten Darts. A few of those will be worth further visits.


Related CC reading:

Curbside Classic: 1965 Dodge Dart GT – The Elemental MoPar

Curbside Classic: 1964 Dodge Dart 2 Door Sedan