• Jul 8, 2010
1974 Dodge Dart Hang Ten – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ah, the '70s. Few decades are quite so easily identifiable by its products than the era that brought us disco music and... not much else. For proof, we need look no further than the cherry 1974 Dodge Dart Hang Ten you see above. While the car has gone through a mild restoration to return it to its former glory, the previous owner took pains to keep it as close to its original form as possible. As a result, the Mopar still wears the original Hang Ten graphics, including the ever-cool waves with surf rider on the rear quarter, and the interior is doused in enough multi-color pin stripes and orange carpet to have you pining for your long-lost pet rock.

According to the seller, there were only 500 Darts ever built with the Hang Ten package, making this particular example a rare breed indeed. With a 318 V8 under the hood, the car probably scoots along just fine, and the mountain of paperwork and dealer propaganda that comes along with the sale would probably make you a show circuit hero in no time flat. You can find it on eBay Motors with a Buy It Now price of $22,950, and they'll even throw in a matching surf board.



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      Arthur Galpin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 74 dodge Hang 10. good condition, little rush under the fender. How much do u tink it will go for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That model was Plymouth Duster and Dodge Demon.

      The Dodge Dart was different.........at least their higher volume cars were.

      Lot's of badge engineering at U.S. auto companies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler probably did badge engineering better (and by that I mean more) than any of the Big Three, but the car is a Dart and shares everything forward of the A-pillar with the Dart two-door hardtop and 4-door sedans, not to mention most of the hardware under the rear sheet metal. It was simply an added bodystyle that added a lot of sales with minimal engineering cost.

        Duster actually might be the most badge-engineered nameplate in Chrysler history, though. It went on to be used a total of four times (on trim variants of the Volaré, Turismo and Sundance).
      James Cunningham
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hah! I sold mine for $500.... the motor was in pieces in the trunk. Mine was an "L" code 360 4 barrel car too. Wonder how rare that was? Mine had a vinyl half top and had been repainted a brighter white with no pinstripes by the time I got it. That interior is unmistakable though.... The 360 had 340 heads we got off a '70 Duster and a Manley Thunderstick cam. Had a '71 factory four barrel intake and Doug Thorley headers. Car went like hell but I pulled the motor when it developed a massive oil leak. Turns out it was just a blown out pan gasket. Got kicked out of my folks house at that time and Dad said I had 2 days to get that car out of his driveway... Hence the fire sale price. Ahhhh, to be 18 again....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though 1974-1976 is probably the worst set of years in terms of performance, this car does have lots of personality. From the ridiculous but awesome gas pedal to the "Hang 10" decal on the front.

      The 318 was neutered quite a lot, but if you wanted a spritely 70's car to go along with the spritely personality, you could probably stroke the engine and install new heads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Even though 1974-1976 is probably the worst set of years in terms of performance"

        There was still a bit of life in '74 with the 455 Super Duty T/A and 454 Corvette.

        After that, I agree it went down hill until the mid 80's with the C4 Corvette, Grand National, and 5.0L Mustangs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Al Bundy-approved.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the Hang Ten and this one's complete and correct (and I love all the docs), but it's restored, not original, and the VA replacement title in the seller's photos shows it had 90,600 "actual" miles in 1999. The wear on the console ashtray (conveniently located a few inches from the in-dash ashtray!) and the worn plastichrome edging on the radio and AC surrounds also suggest that it's got 125,000 miles. (You'll notice the seller never calls it low-mileage, and never makes any mention of the mileage beyond the standard mileage listing in the eBay form). So is it the nicest Hang Ten around? Maybe...it's all there, even though a lot of it is repro stuff. But the price is a bit ambitious...

      By the way, 318s are underappreciated. They were bulletproof, and a great blend of more-than-adequate performance and surprising fuel economy. Plus they were pretty light for a V8, helping handling too. The "5.2L V8" (do the math) that Chrysler put in Grand Cherokees until 1998 were essentially the same engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 318s were not that great in the '70's. Btw, weight has very little to do with the engine because the 318 was of the Chrysler LA engine family (so is the Dodge Viper's V10 because the V10 was originally a V8 with two extra cylinder blocks welded on) and so is the famed 340.

        All these engines had been substantially detuned, with compression ratios lowered. Of course some people will cite the low horsepower numbers resulting from the Society of American Engineers (SAE) switching to net hp measurements (dynoing engines with the manifolds/exhaust the car would be using + fuel/power steering/AC pump) but it is true these engines took a big loss.

        Now though, you don't need to raise hp to make lots of power. Camshaft technology alone has improved dramatically in the past decade. But if you want to make horsepower in a naturally aspirated engine put in new cylinder heads.

        The difference between cylinder heads in the '60's and 2010 is the difference between a dinosaur like Tyrannusarus Rex and a Woolly Mammoth from 67 million years later.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also the amount created is incorrect. It states 500 there is no real known number because the start and end date are unknown, but estimated to be 5000 from mid 74 to year end 75.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had one of these. A bating suit inspired upholstery interior, shag carpet, fold-down back seat for the surfboard, etc. Made it actually for two years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love everything except the bikini shaped steering wheel. Although I guess that goes with the beach theme.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car is awesome.

      Now, who else wants to know what the "Dart Swinger Special" was?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a gas pedal like that at home, I wonder if it came from one of those cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had one of those on a 92 Isuzu Amigo...and an 8-ball shifter!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was an aftermarket accessory, more common on dune buggies from the 60s but still available into the 70s. It did not come with the Hang Ten package.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Hang 10 does not have those pedals. I believe those were made by Mooneyes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...the era that brought us disco music and... not much else." So I guess that little Star Wars film escaped your notice, eh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have one unrestored sitting in my back yard. I am still looking for seat fabric and carpet. I have found the decals. When that car was running it never ceased to give me problems. I went through 4 trannys till I decided to park it in the yard. I think it still thought it was a demon and possessed.
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