- $59,995 , best offers considered
- Item Location:
- Elkhart, IN
- Seller: ray111
- Phone: 574-849-5323
NOTE IS IN KALAMAZOO MI
NUMBER 1 RATING, IS PERFECT, CONCOURS CONDITION.
METICULOUS 3-YEAR VERY EXACTING FRAME OFF PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION.
NOTHING WAS OVERLOOKED, NO EXPENSES SPARED
CAR IS A COUCOURS "TRAILER-QUEEN" MASTERPIECE
ORIGINALLY WAS A DRY, SOLID MID-WESTERN CAR.
BODY WAS COMPLETELY STRIPPED TO BARE METAL
EVERY SINGLE PART WAS EITHER REPLACED, REBUILT, OR N.O.S.
IS REFINISHED IN SELDOM SEEN 61 DODGE COLOR OF ROSE-MIST METALLIC, WITH CORRECT FACTORYCONTRASTING VINYL AND CLOTH CHARCOAL AND LIGHT GRAY.
IS POWERED BY FULLY REBUILT FAMOUS 318 POLY FIRE OHV V8.
3 SPEED HEAVY DUTY MANUAL TRANMISSION
LARGER 12" BRAKES
ALL ABOVE WERE REBUILT
FOR SAFEFY, HAS UPDATED HALOGEN HEADLIGHTS
CONCEALED ELECTRONIC IGNITION
CUSTOM-MADE WWW RADIAL TIRES, AND SPARE TOO
OPTIONAL ITEMS ARE;
SPINNER FULWHEEL COVERS
BACK UP LIGHTS
WORKING RADIO AND HEATER
RARELY-SEEN FRONT AND REAR BUMPER GUARDS
ONLY 1300 MILES SINCE RESTORED
IT IS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO DRIVE
FOR LOOKING, AND YES, THATS ME DRIVING, IN THE FIRST PICTURE.
For the 1961 model year, the Dart continued as the smallest full-size Dodge. It
retained the 118 in (2,997 mm) wheelbase, and was restyled to emulate the larger Polara. The same three trim levels were available: the premium Phoenix, mid-range Pioneer, and base Seneca. Once again, wagons shared the Polara's 122 in/310 cm wheelbase; they also shared the Polara's unique side-mounted taillights.
Engine choices included the 225 cu in (3.7 L) slant-six, and the 318 cu in (5.2 L) and 361 cu in (5.9 L) V8s were also available in various configurations. Phoenix convertibles were equipped with V8 engines. Beginning mid-year, some Darts ordered with the 225 engine were equipped with the die-cast aluminum block. Darts in all series were equipped as standard with three-speed, column-shifted manual transmissions. Chrysler's pushbutton-shifted TorqueFlite automatic was available at extra cost. The alternator, introduced as standard equipment in 1960 on the Valiant, replaced the previous DC generator on all 1961 Chrysler products. Canadian-built 1961 Darts were identical to U.S. models on the outside, but the interior trim, controls, and displays were those used on the U.S. Plymouth.
Rear view, showing small, low mounted taillights
The Dodge RD4 Phoenix was an Australian assembled variant of the 1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix
Virgil Exner's 1961 styling with its reverse fins, rear fender scalloping (the headlights were widely referred to as "ingrown toenails") and concave grille was highly unpopular with consumers. The low position and small size of the Dart's tail lights just above the corners of the bumper, was also criticized and drivers of following cars complained that they could not see them. The wraparound taillights projected light sideward, not rearward. By mid-year, Dodge made auxiliary taillights available at extra cost through its dealer network. However, these large round lights were mounted near the inboard side of the reverse fins, and aggravated the already awkward styling.
The 1961 automobile market was generally an off-year for automobile sales, and Dodge production went down to 269,367 units, of which 142,708 were Darts. Among all the Darts sold, almost half (66,100) were the Seneca line, down from 111,600 in 1960. Combined sales of Dart and Polara were lower than Plymouth's sales for 1961. Dodge ranked ninth in sales in the American market in 1961, down from sixth place in 1960. Sales of the compact Dodge Lancer were 74,773 units compared to its Plymouth twin, the Valiant, which sold 143,078 units for the same year. The 1961 model year saw Dodge's total production drop below the slow selling 1959 model year and almost the disastrous recession year of 1958 when Dodge faced the consequences of the poor reputation of its 1957 models.[6 Dodge Dart Seneca 4-Door Sedan 6 (man. 3) , model year 1961, version for North America U.S. (up to September)
4-door sedan body type
RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox
gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3682 cm3 / 224.7 cui, advertised power: 108 kW / 145 hp / 147 PS ( SAE gross ), torque: 292 Nm / 215 lb-ft
characteristic dimensions: outside length: 5319 mm / 209.4 in, width: 1999 mm / 78.7 in, wheelbase: 2997 mm / 118 in
reference weights: shipping weight 1513 kg / 3335 lbs estimated curb weight: 1595 kg / 3520 lbs
how fast is this car ? top speed: 155 km/h (96 mph) (©theoretical);
accelerations: 0- 60 mph 14.2© s; 0- 100 km/h 15.3© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 19.6© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com) 1961 Dodge Dart Seneca 4-Door Sedan 6 (man. 3) Detailed Performance Review
fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 15.4 l/100km / 18.3 mpg (imp.) / 15.2 mpg (U.S.) / 6.5 km/l, 1961 Dodge Dart Seneca 4-Door Sedan