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1968 Dodge

Dart

1968 Dodge

Dart

The 1968 Dart remained largely the same from the previous year. The park/turn lights in the grille were moved slightly inboard and became round. Side marker lights were added to the front fenders and rear quarter panels to comply with the new federal safety laws.

Other safety changes occurred like collapsible steering columns. A new axle ratio was used. It went from 2.93 to 2.76 for all standard performance engines and automatic transmission.

The GTS was introduced late 1967 to compete with Chevy's Nova SS. The GTS was available with a standard 340ci/275hp engine, or an optional 383ci/300hp V8. The 383 wasn't able to compensate for its weight disadvantage, so more customers opted for the 340. The car included a free-flowing exhaust, and Rallye suspension. A three-on-the-tree transmission was standard, while either a 4-speed Hurst manual or TorqueFlite was optional.

Another option was available for the performance enthusiast. Dodge shipped 383-spec Darts along with factory prepped 440 engines to Hurst-Campbell where the conversion was completed. Dodge inspected it, and the finished cars were sold at Grand Spaulding Auto Sales in Chicago. The 440 engine was so large and heavy, there was no room for power steering thus the cars were only good for drag racing.

There was another limited option only for 1968: the Hurst Hemi Darts and were equipped with the 426 Hemi, underwent weight reductions, and the side window mechanisms were removed. Only 80 were made and were created strictly for drag racing. The cars were shipped only with primer and base wheels, and fiberglass body components. These vehicles were not legal for public roads, but they definitely performed on the track hitting 10s in the quarter-mile with minimal modifications. This would make the fastest factory built car in muscle car factory.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
225 Slant Six

225ci

1x1bbl

145 hp

215 lb-ft

273ci V8

273ci

1x2bbl

180 hp

260 lb-ft

Standard Six

170ci

1x1bbl

101 hp

155 lb-ft

273ci V8

273ci

1x4bbl

235 hp

280 lb-ft

GTS 340ci

340ci

n/a

275 hp

340 lb-ft

GTS 383ci

383ci

n/a

300 hp

400 lb-ft

440ci

440ci

n/a

375 hp

480 lb-ft

Hemi

426ci

Cross-Ram

425 hp (more like 535 hp)

490 lb-ft

Transmissions
  • 3-Speed Manual
  • TorqueFlite 3-Speed Auto
  • 4-Speed Manual
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

340ci/275 hp

6.0 sec

14.4 sec @ 99 mph

Car & Driver

440ci/375hp

5.0 sec

13.3 sec @ 107 mph

n/a

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Silver

Black

Medium Blue

Pale Blue

Dark Blue

Light Green

Racing Green

Light Gold

Medium Gold

Light Turquoise

Medium Dark Turquoise

Bronze

Red

Bright Blue

Burgundy

Yellow

Medium Green

Light Blue

White

Beige

Medium Tan

Interior Colors

Black

Dark Gray

Dark Brown

Red

Burgundy

Dark Blue

Caramel

Lapis Blue

Silver Gray

Production Numbers

Dart

60,250

Dart 270

76,497

Dart GT

26,280

GTS

8,745

440

68

Hemi

80

Total Production

171,920

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