A groovy and very fun early-1970s survivor and one of the last true American
A perennial favorite of Mopar fanatics everywhere from introduction, the Plymouth Duster launched for 1970 to great buyer response as a sportier companion to the economical Valiant. With its fastback roofline, extensive list of available options, and engine choices ranging from the thrifty but powerful Slant Six to the high-performance 340 V-8, it’s easy to understand why. Even though rising insurance rates and gasoline prices strangled most of the era’s factory muscle cars, the 340 Duster somehow remained under the radar of anti-performance zealots and always provided excellent performance and youthful style from the showroom floor at a relatively low price point. Even when stricter emissions regulations forced Chrysler to increase the 340’s displacement to 360 cubic inches, power output remained strong at 245 net horsepower and the Duster’s performance remained intact, while competing performance cars were slowly and painfully watered down or completely discontinued altogether. While quite popular, just 3,969 360 Dusters were built for 1974.
This groovy example from 1974 is a rare and unrestored survivor with a solid underbody, acquired by the current owners from Indiana. It is an original `L-Code` 360 car, as confirmed by the VIN, equipped with a column-shifted A-727 TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission. Retaining its original-appearing Yellow exterior paint with Black side-accent stripes with many touch-ups, the Duster shows remarkably good and complete brightwork and the identification badges remain properly in place. Rallye wheels with trim rings provide further appeal, fitted with virtually new BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires. While the paint finish is mostly faded, careful examination reveals that it can certainly be polished nicely. The Duster is well equipped with a number of desirable factory-optional features, including a large hand-cranked sunroof panel, grained vinyl roof covering, front bucket seats, a “Tuff” steering wheel, and a fold-down rear seat with a pass-through panel that can be lowered to allow access to the trunk from the car`s interior compartment.