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1967 Dodge Dart – Dart Vader

Vehicle Quick Facts

Profile ID: 58997
Year: 1967
Make: Dodge
Model: Dart
Markets: Muscle Car, Performance, Resto-Mod
Vehicle Type: American



Vehicle Story

Dart Vader started as and exercise in restraint.... how can we do more with less? A simple, no frills muscle car that had enough go, enough handling and enough stop - and just the right touches of resto-mod to set it apart from the crowd. The car was purchased as an unfinished project with a build long block, a body shell and and crates of parts as a personal project of mine. From there it was choosing the right parts combos, and creating a look for a sinister build.

The initial build started with paint work at Alloy Motors - the car was treated to PPG primers and went through many rounds of block sanding and gapping before House of Kolor BC-25 black base coat was sprayed with House of Kolor Clear on top. The finish was wet sanded and polished mirror smooth. The 360 v8 was dressed and installed with a Torqueflite 727 behind it, and a Chrysler 8.75 rear end. Wilwood Brakes and Hotchkis TVS kit. A simple stock interior with some added flair.

Shortly after the initial build - the car caught the eye of Mike Musto, and was featured on a YouTube episode of Big Muscle. That put Geoff's personal project and the shop on the map. Later on, the car was slated to be featured in a SEMA booth for Ron Francis Wiring. Not one to leave well enough alone, Geoff made some subtle styling changes to the interior and exterior of the car - as well as adding more or Ron Francis Products to the mix before the SEMA show. The small changes were a big impact - So much so that the car caught the eye of the editor of Mopar Muscle magazine at show load in. The car was then booked for a cover shoot that week and appeared in the May 2016 issue of Mopar Muscle magazine as cover / Feature car. Numerous online articles and videos quickly circulated about this car. Geoff then did what any sane gearhead would do and long hauled Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour in a magazine cover car.... because in his words "It's just a car, and it's meant to be driven"

The car was sold in 2017 at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale and is now housed in a private collection.

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