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Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface

 

My earliest memories are loaded with inquisitive adventures. I was one of those kids who would take everything apart to examine and explore all of the inner workings of virtually anything I could get my hands on, just to see what made it function. Occasionally, I’d manage to put everything back in some semblance of working order, as well, which had the effect of encouraging my seek-and-dismantle missions. Oh, certainly, there were misadventures, and the Frankenstein-ing of a few less than fortunate items into, well, objects whose end…

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Scratching the Surface

Seven Days in a Dodge Dart

7 Days in a Dart

 

On a bright, tropically hot and humid day in July I took off with my photographer friend Caroline for a road trip in a sleek, charcoal Limited Dodge Dart. But this wasn’t any ordinary road trip, this was a drive through the central part of Oklahoma down historic Route 66, the Mother Road!
 

7 Days in a Dart

 

But first let me share my first impressions of the Dodge Dart. I’d seen a few of these guys…

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Seven Days in a Dodge Dart

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