1962 Dodge Lancer GT

1962 Dodge Lancer GT


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.


Did you own a Dodge Lancer? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.



  • epicurus
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow, the hyperpak option would require the engine to pretty much be taken apart to put in different pistions. I guess you could do it all without pulling the engine of out the car, but still, that sounds like quite the dealer installed package!

  • Bill Dennis
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Check face book the pix is right in all its glory

  • Posted August 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I bought a new 62 gt when I returned from over seas 2800.00 with four barrel Ram induction whith three on the colume bright blue with white inlays blue and white inside would love to have it back

  • ron
    Posted November 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I bought 1962 lancer with ram induction etc 3 speed stick . had too replace transmission with auto .we were injecting nitro and the power was so great you would blow trans shifting from first to second. I turned 14.1 108 at Bakersfield with slicks. I had special exhaust built 2 clynd to each’exhaust pipe man I was young then

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