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1972 Dodge Dart Demon 4-speed Manual – Modified
Available for auction is a 1972 Dodge Dart Demon 4-speed Manual. It has been modified, primarily from the perspective of the 340 c.i. engine housed within – it is a 1969 block 340. Mopar aficionados will know that the most sought-after engine in a Dart is the 340 so the engine makes this original Dart Demon 318 surge on the desirability scale.
The 12-year owner is such a Mopar connoisseur and estimates that he has piloted this Demon through approximately 10,000 miles of great cruising during his custodianship. He bought the car at Moparfest, a show CCC’s closest followers will remember us having visited this season. This Demon was imported by the previous owner from South Carolina, so it was a southern climate car before coming to Ontario where its use has been in fair weather only.
1972 Dodge Dart Demon 4-speed Manual – Modified
Lot – 081
Seller – JVanDeventer (Private)
Seller location – Milton, On L9T
VIN – LL29G2B129343
Odometer – 13,000 miles shown – TMU
Engine Info – Replacement 1969 block 340, V8
Transmission Info – 4-speed Manual w/Hurst shfiter
Exterior Colour – Hemi Orange tribute with Black
Interior Colour – Black with Orange trim
Other features – 8-3/4 rear, 355 auburn sure grip gears (both installed 2013), Useful interior updates
Category – American
Hagerty.ca Valuation, ’73 Dart Demon 340 (#3 – #2): $39,900 – $60,600
Carfax – N/A for pre-1981 vehicle
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Originally finished in Hemi orange, the orange paint with black trim was commissioned by the previous owner. Great care for the car is evident, given that the paint retains a strong shine, and the car is rust-free inside and out. In the photo gallery, you will notice a car cover in the trunk – the car is always covered inside when not in use. There is a contrasting glossy black trim, save for the snorkel which is finished in a black matte. Original Demon badges are in place on the fenders and rear fascia, contributing to the aggressive look, as does the raised decklid spoiler. There are also 340 badges on either side of the snorkel and a chin spoiler with workable ground clearance. Chrome is tastefully employed, on the bumpers, dual exhaust tips, front-end trim and wheel centres. Wheels are upgraded to a newer 15” rally wheels otherwise painted black and skinned in sporty-looking blackwalls – Motomaster 205/60 in front and BF Goodrich T/A 255/60 in the rear, all four installed in 2020 with under 1,000 km to date. Attention to detail is evident here, as well – valve stem caps are each emblazoned with a Demon logo.
The interior of this 340 is very clean, with some modern conveniences added. Primarily black, the door cards and centre console have been customized with orange trim, the console even offering cup holders, the door cards retaining the stock Demon scripts. The three-spoke steering wheel fronts a 120 MPH speedometer and an aftermarket 8000 RPM tachometer – the latter a common period piece for muscle cars. Gauges for alternator, temperature, fuel sit to the left of the speedometer; the brake and oil red warning lights are to the right. All are functional excepting the temperature gauge is superseded by that on the custom console by Autometer, speedometer shows a speed of approximately 20 MPH in excess of actual, the owner attributes this to a faulty speedo cable. The under-dash switch to the left of the wheel is for an engine fan, though the owner reports that the engine runs at about 165F, negating the need for this fan. Original AM radio is in place, though it is superseded by the modern Pioneer unit installed in the console, there is also an oil pressure gauge in front of the big Hurst shifter. Owner uses only the lap belts with the front buckets, though the Demon is equipped with shoulder belts, currently tucked away in their housings in the roof above the door windows. There are two seat belts on the rear bench. While door frames exhibit the repaint, original VIN data plaque remains on the driver’s door. Vinyl headliner is in nice condition, complemented by original dome light. There is an included fire extinguisher mounted behind the driver’s seat. The newer Pioneer stereo head unit is backed up by Pioneer speakers mounted on the rear deck there are tweeters on either side of the centre console. Rear side swing-out windows also harken back to the period. Trunk is very clean with a new liner and contains the included car cover and included fender covers for DIY jobs.
Underneath, this Demon presents as near-new, seller describes it as mint, with an 8-3/4 rear end and 355 auburn sure grip gears (installed 2013, receipt in gallery). The engine compartment is also an impressive presentation, the Mopar valve covers given to the owner by his wife on their first Christmas with the car show very well. The air cleaner housing matches nicely. Other goodies found under hood include, new steering box (receipt in the gallery), MSD ignition box and coil, aluminum rad and electric pusher fan. Brakes are manual, with a disc set-up in the front. The car has been well cared for under current ownership – most recently, reverse lights were serviced. Previously, the power steering box was done in 2017, the rear end in 2013. Owner notes that the driver’s side quarter panel was replaced before his ownership; the factory applied rustproofing still appears on the passenger’s side. We often ask sellers what work they would do next. In this case, the seller replied that he would modernize the glass, an indication of the current sorted level of this car. He also indicates that he has every receipt for parts and service on the car during his 12-year custodianship.
This 1972 Dodge Dart Demon 4-speed Manual – Modified is available from the 12-year owner with Chilton’s Repair and Tune-up Guide for Dart Demon 1968-1976, car cover (as photographed in trunk), two rubber fender mats for working in engine compartment, mounted fire extinguisher, two sets of keys and steering wheel lock (“The Club”) with keys in Milton, Ontario.
VIN decodes as follows (some items have been upgraded since new – I.E. engine):
LL29 – L = Dodge Dart / Demon, L = Low, 29 = 2 Door Sports Hardtop; G2B G = 318 150HP(net) or 155HP(net) 1-2BBL 8 CYL, 2 = 1972, B = Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA; Sequence Number ‘129343’.
Fender tag codes are as follows (some items have been upgraded since new – I.E. transmission): M43 – grill surround mold; R11 – music master radio am; V5* – body side moulding; EV2 Paint Code: Hemi Orange / Tor-Red Irid; A68 – Custom pkg; A88 – interior decor grp; G15 – tint windsh only; M21- rf drip rail moldings; D2X9 Trim Grade/Style/Color D = Deluxe 2 = Vinyl Bench X9 = Black; TX9 – Upper Door Frame: Black / Black Velvet; 818 – date built August 18; 090014 – order number; E44 318-2 barrel; D13 3-spd man tran floor.
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