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mopar42665 mopar42665
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 07/12
Posted: 07/24/12
06:50 PM

I Haven't heard any updated news on the 1965 dodge dart charger lately ** Are they all gone or just in hiding ???  

65dartcharger 65dartcharger
New User | Posts: 5 | Joined: 04/10
Posted: 07/25/12
02:07 PM

There is alot of news. Up til now I have found 34 cars.Some of them factory cars, some dealerkit cars and some gfo/go cars!

This is the known story up til now.

The Dart Charger Story

In 1964 Dodge launched the "DartCharger" to promote the Charger name for 1966 production as well as get closer the accelerating sales of the Ford Mustang. Plymouth had the Barracuda but Dodge didn’t have any cars in that field. Latest info in this matter is that the Dodge dealers association in Los Angeles/Orange County stood behind these cars so they had something to compete with. So they built the DartCharger. Starting in late August or beginning of September 1964 all cars were built at the Los Angeles plant. Some of the “dealer cars” was produced at Los Angeles and Detroit plant. Until now no dealer kit car has been found from the St Louis plant. The dealer kit car was simply a kit with the DartCharger stuff that was to be added on any 273 HP Dart at the salesroom.

The DartCharger came in two body styles; 2 dr hardtop or convertible. All factory cars were light yellow with two options for the interior; black interior or white/gold interior. The convertible top was always black. Hardtop cars came with standard painted roof in light yellow. Optional were black or white vinyl roof. The interior was black but in late December 1964 they offered for hardtops only, white and gold interior which was available until late March 1965.

The LA plant produced some 180 DartChargers. They all have paint code 991 or 999 on the fendertag. All cars had DartCharger badges on each fender as well as on the dash. The center dome on the Cragar wheels was cut out and put a DartCharger emblem on! Some of the DartChargers were sold without the emblems. What I know of is two cars!  According to the dealers that I have spoken with about 30% of the DartChargers was convertibles and the rest hardtops.

All the factory cars had the following equipment;

273x4 Charger engine
904 HD transmission or 4 speed Hurst shifted manual transmission
suregrip - (optional)
HD suspension (optional)
Cragar S/S 13x6 wheels
front & rear bumperguards
Radio w/antenna
Woodgrained steering wheel
Standard mirror (after Nov 20, -64 all cars had outside adjustable mirror)
Night/Day mirror
Spare tire on standard rim 13x4,5
Power steering
Power brakes
Power top (convertible)
Interior light kit
Air condition - (optional)

The DartChargers were produced until March 1965 when Dodge launched the Dart Go/go package for sale. At this time the yellow paint was introduced as "spring color". The deal Dodge offered the dealers about the DartChargers was to buy at least 5 cars. Always arrived on Friday and the sale was the same weekend with good result according to the dealers that I’ve spoked with.

What I have found out up til now Dodge launched the DartCharger kit “dealer kit” in November 1964 that the dealers could put on any cars that they had in stock. That's how it came up red, ivory and blue DartChargers kitcars. The most odd dealercar is two Dart 270 2 dr hardtop DartChargers in California!! The dealerkits was produced in 300 units.
The Dart go/go package could be put on a Dart even with a slant six!


The news now is after speaking with some old dealer ships that the reason for building these cars is that Dodge didn’t had any car to compete with the Barracuda who had the Formula S package. For that reason the Los Angeles/Orange County dealerships decided to build the DartCharger. More info on this matter later.

What about the numbers then? Well, I will try to describe all “to look for” items for these cars.

Factory DartChargers

All factory DartChargers seems to have been produced between late August/early September of 1964 until beginning of March of 1965. All factory DartChargers were produced at the LA plant. All VIN# should start with L 455 xxx xxx and the paint code on the fender tag should read 991 or 999. Production figures 180 cars.

Dealer DartChargers (kit cars)

The kit cars was just simply a kit with the DartCharger badges/wheels that could be put on any car on the showroom floor that had the 273 HP (code 31 on the fender tag). I have so far only found out that these cars were produced at the LA and Hamtramck plant. Production runs between November of 1964 and June of 1965. If the car was a showroom car in any color it had that paint code on the fender tag. Otherwise they had the paint code 881 on the fender tag. Production figures 300 cars.

The Dart go/go package

The Dart go/go package was offered to the public in March of 1965. Production runs between March of 1965 to June of 1965. All these cars were yellow and have the paint code 881 on the fender tag.

Pale yellow

The pale yellow was a spring color that was first offered to the public by Chrysler in March of 1965. Dart go/go package cars. However the only exception was the DartCharger that was released in August/September of 1964. Paint code for this color is 881, 991 or 999 on the fender tag.


These are the cars that currently are in the register;


DartCharger convertibles  factory     5 cars

DartChargers hard tops    factory    14 cars

DartChargers convertibles kit cars   1 car

DartChargers hard tops kit cars      10 cars

Dart go/go package convertibles    3 cars

Dart go/go package hard tops        2 cars  

hahnyahn hahnyahn
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 10/12
Posted: 10/18/12
12:17 AM

:Hi   Didn't they produce some fastbacks like the Barracuda or was  Confused that just a mith? Talk at some of the mopar get togethers in the N/W claim a yellow & a white one has been at car shows ?????  

bhwm1972 bhwm1972
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 11/12
Posted: 11/10/12
12:39 AM

I have a 273 Go-Go Dart GT from LA March 27th 1965. I thought the 270 Darts were all post tops.  

bhwm1972 bhwm1972
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 11/12
Posted: 08/27/13
12:38 AM

I have a Dart GT.. VIN #L4551618xx. LA built March 1965, 881 Pale Yellow, black top and black bucket seats, 273 V-8 10.5:1 4 barrel, 904 auto, 7.25 rear with 3.23:1 gears. The Dart was built with NO factory A/C, back-up lights, 10" drum brakes, HD rear springs, and power steering.  

dnmarduk dnmarduk
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/14
Posted: 03/21/14
11:52 AM

I have a 1965 Dodge Dart GT Charger that i bought new on 8-14-65 at Anaheim Dodge, Dealer# 71-56993 Vin # L455-183897. I was told by the dealer that it was the only SILVER Charger Built.I still own it. The only Charger badge is on the carb cleaner. The interior is black. No power steering or brakes.The paint code is NNl-B on the fender plate.