1970 Dodge Swinger 340 In a twist of fate, 1970 also witnessed the arrival of the sleek and similarly equipped Plymouth Duster 340 for $261 less (in base trim). With its sharp, new fastback styling and a sporting image, the Duster 340 managed to outsell its sibling by a little more than 11,000 units. Consequently, 1970 Dart Swinger 340\'s have always been somewhat scarce. How does all of this translate to today\'s vintage muscle market? Though built in fewer numbers, the Swinger 340 is more affordable--perfect for the gearhead looking for something unusual with kick, looks and a low cost of entry. For consignment, a Top Banana painted Dodge Swinger 340 in top banana condition. Good enough to take 2nd place at the Mopars at Maple Grove Raceway, this 3-owner car has new floor pans, and a rebuilt 340ci V8 that was not a total tear down, but more like a refresh. Looking racy and ready to peel out! Exterior Top Banana respray paint covers rust free straight panels for this machine. It is all looking factory from the grille to the rear black bumble bee stripe. We can see a fair amount of body filler used for the lower rear quarter panels but no rust. Dual hood scoops also in black adorn the hood, which cozies up to the front glass, which is all surrounded by beautiful shiny stainless trim, as is all glass for this cabin cover. Badging is unique in its placement as it comes to a roost on the rear quarters just past the doors. A chromed gas cap, and inset tail lighting into the rear bumper add to the buttoned up look, and just below are dual exhaust tips peeking out from under the bumper. A shout out to the curvature of the rear glass which also adds to the Swinger for 1970 look. 15-inch 5 spoke Cragar wheels are on all 4 corners and are looking chromed to the nines. A swinger with a stinger...read on!! Interior As we open the doors to slip inside we shake hands with plenty of vertical tuck and roll insert panels among smooth black vinyl framing for the outside of the door panels. A shiny door actuator is attached to a black armrest, along with a window crank and chromed mirror joystick. Sleek high back buckets again with the mixture of tuck and roll and smooth black vinyl looking nearly perfect sitting next to the stylish center console. Brushed aluminum covers the top off this console, and a Seattle space needle styled chromed shift lever resides within reach of the driver. The metal inward V shaped dash painted black with more brushed aluminum fields housing the temp sliders and a newer retro style radio just below for the center is here. Just below are a trio of aftermarket gauges. The instrument cluster is pure factory and very clean and simple. For the back bench, more tuck and roll black vinyl stretches across and these interior charts are floating in a sea of clean black carpeting. Above is a nice tight black headliner. This car is just ripe with perfection. Drivetrain Underneath the hood in a fully restored banana painted engine bay, is a nicely presenting but not original 340ci V8. There is a gleaming 4-barrel carburetor atop, covered by an open chromed air filter cover. Ribbed Edelbrock valve coverings are noted, and on back a A904 3-speed automatic transmission resides. For the rear axle, 8-3/4 inches with 3.55 gear ratio are combined to spin the tires. This engine came from the factory with an aggressive camshaft and a pair of big valve heads, which can produce 275hp. Undercarriage All looking good on the rust front with new floor pans and solid suspension. We can note a small area of invasive rust on the unibody seam just front of the left rear unibody rail. Torsion bar front suspension, and leaf spring for the rear, along with disc brakes in front and drums for the back. Headers and a Turbo muffler system is in dual form and snaking its way rearward. Drive-Ability A quick starter, smooth runner and great accelerator. The interior is as comfy as it is flawless, and all
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