1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

 

Strange but true: The first Dodge to wear the Dart nameplate wasn’t a compact sedan like the 2013 Dodge Dart. It was a mid-sized sedan produced from 1960 to 1963. Stranger yet: The name originally chosen for this car wasn’t Dart. It was Zipp.

 

How’s that for a car name—Zipp? Reportedly, the name tested extremely well in consumer surveys.

 

However, the Zipp name was dropped before introduction (fortunately, perhaps) in favor of Dart, and this first generation of models using the name was very successful for Dodge. The Phoenix…

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1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible

1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible

 

Here’s one of the largest and most expensive convertibles ever found in Dodge showrooms: the 1964 Custom 880 Convertible.

 

Riding on a luxurious 122-inch wheelbase and featuring a base price of $3,850, the 880 Custom Convertible was a whole lot of car. The Dodge brand, introduced to the public in 1914, was celebrating its golden anniversary in 1964, and the 880 Custom was the flagship of the line that year.

 

We know the sleek red job shown here is the top-of-the-line 880 Custom in two ways: the bright…

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1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible

1997 Dodge Sidewinder Concept

Sidewinder Concept

Wait just a second here. Is this a two-seat convertible sports car, or is this a pickup truck? It’s both. This is the wildly creative Dodge Sidewinder, a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle from 1997.

 

The Sidewinder was based on an original sketch by the renowned stylist Mark Allen, who at the time was only two years out of school. Today he’s head of design at Jeep, Dodge’s sister division, with a number of award-winning Chrysler Group designs to his credit.

 

Built on a 112-inch racing chassis, the Sidewinder was powered by an…

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1997 Dodge Sidewinder Concept