In 1962, Dodge entered in America’s booming new compact car category with the Dodge Lancer. Rolling out the year before, the Lancer lineup for ’62 included the 170 and 770 models in sedan and station wagon styles, along with the sporty and sophisticated model shown here, the Dodge Lancer GT Hardtop.
The Lancer GT boasted thick-pile carpeting, bucket seats and leather-grain vinyl upholstery behind its two doors. A distinct padded dash, luxurious wood grain instrument panel, full wheel covers and whitewall tires were also standard. “Lancer GT” badges were mounted on the interior door panels and front fenders, while the hood, deck lid and padded vinyl dash cover sported “GT” emblems. The Lancer GT was tailored to buyers who liked their compact cars stylish and well-equipped.
The standard engine on the Lancer GT was a 170-cubic-inch (2.8-liter) version of the famed Slant Six rated at 101 horsepower. Optional was a 225-cubic-inch (3.7-liter) Slant Six with 145 horsepower. There was no V8 option, but for drivers who demanded more output, there was a dealer-installed package called the Hyper Pak. This setup included a four-barrel carburetor and manifold, a performance camshaft and high-compression pistons. Equipped with the Hyper Pak, the Slant Six developed nearly 200 horsepower, producing one of the hottest-performing compacts on the market in 1962.
For 1963, the Dodge compact platform was completely redesigned and given a new name to match: Dodge Dart. The Lancer name would reappear in 1985 on a new midsize, five-door hatchback with front-wheel drive.
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