If you know anything about Mopar folklore, you know about Norm Kraus. And if you know anything about Norm Kraus, youve certainly heard of Dodges 440-powered Dart GTS hardtop. During the 60s, in an attempt to appeal to younger buyers, the Kraus brothers began purchasing, tuning and selling high performance cars to exact specifications for anyone who had a little cash to play with. It wasnt long before Chrysler execs talked the popular young gearheads into opening their legendary Grand Spaulding Dodge franchise. And eventually, creations from Mr. Norms Garage, like their storied 1968 Dart 440 GSS, would become prototype equipment for factory-produced metal like this pristine 1969 Dart 440 GTS. Yes, this is a real-deal M-code car that wraps a numbers matching 440 V8 and a date-correct A727 Torqueflite in a fresh, factory-correct restoration. And honestly, whether youre a diehard Mopar collector or just a cool gearhead who wants to fill an empty space in your garage, this blue chip Dart should be your first consideration!
Assembled as a run-of-the-mill 383 car, then transformed into a 440-powered strip streak by the Hurst-Campbell Corporation, this Dodge is one of only 640 M-code Darts produced for the 1969 model year. Most of those big engine warriors were sold to drag racers who needed something tough to whip at the track and, as a result, Chrysler expert Galen Govier estimates that only 30 still exist. For the sake of accuracy and authenticity, heres a breakdown of this GTS VIN and fender tag:
L: Dodge Dart/Demon
23: 2-door hardtop
M: 440 cubic inch high performance V8
9: 1969 model year
B: Produced at Dodge Main in Hamtramck, Michigan
266077 Sequence number
E63 - 383 cubic inch V8 thats equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor
D32 - Heavy duty A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission
LS23 - L: Dodge Dart/Demon, S: Special, 23: 2-door hardtop
M9B M: 440 cubic inch high performance V8, 9: 1969 model year, B: Produced at Dodge Main in Hamtramck, Michigan
266077 Sequence number
F8 Dark Green exterior paint
P6G P: Premium grade trim, 6: Vinyl trim, G: Green interior
F8 Dark Green door frames
114 Assembled on January, 14th of 1969
901080 Order number
C16 Center console with bucket seats
C55 Bucket seats
G15 Tinted windshield
M21 Roof drip rail mouldings
M25 Wide sill mouldings
R11 Music Master AM radio
V8W V8: Transverse stripe, W: White
Y39 Special order
END End of codes
The beneficiary of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration that, by the looks of the car, was probably completed sometime late last year, this stunning Dodge coupe has been fully rebuilt from its frame rails all the way to its correct chrome drip rails. Take a good look at our photographers highly detailed pictures and youll see one slick Mopar thats obviously logged very few miles since it was thoroughly shaken down. The cars sculpted Chrysler body has been massaged and finessed until its panels were as straight as anything that sits on a modern showroom floor. And since the experts at Jeffs Resurrections in Taylor, Texas knew that body would be getting A LOT of serious scrutiny, they went the extra mile to make sure everything lined up correctly. Naturally, two-stage urethane was chosen to accurately reproduce Chryslers code F8 Dark Green finish. And on the outside of that two-stage, a correct white bumble bee stripe perfectly frames the cars razor-sharp quarter panels. If you crave conversation and want to be the center of attention at every car show you attend, this rare muscle car is your kind of ride!
Widely regarded as one of the most successful compact platforms to ever roll out of Detroit, the Dart offered buyers the same excellent combination of performance and style in the 60s as it does today. At the front of the car, a black anodized grille centers two large parking lamps between two larger headlights, a pristine chrome bumper and a red-trimmed GTS emblem. Above that grille, a defined hood props familiar 440 FOUR BARREL power bulges in front of like-new glass thats cleared by satin finished wipers and framed by well-maintained stainless trim. Below that glass, multi-faceted body panels are detailed with correct wheel lip moldings and straight rocker spears. Between those wheel lips, a traditional Chrysler pentastar emblem combines with new marker lenses to perfectly complement traditional chrome door handles and a stylish drivers mirror. And at the back of the car, a black and silver valence hangs a small DODGE GTS emblem between canted tail lights, a second pristine chrome bumper and traditional stainless exhaust tips.
The power-hungry gearheads at Ma Mopar ensured this Dart will never miss a beat by swapping its traditional 383 cubic inch B block for a 440 cubic inch monster wedge RB. Original to the car, and subsequently branded with a 2536430 casting number, a late 1968 casting date and a correct partial VIN, this fully restored mill makes a dyno-proven 258 horsepower and 298 lb./ft. of torque at the chassis spin-happy rear wheels! That side-stepping rampage begins when oxygen filters through an organisol covered and 440 MAGNUM branded air cleaner to a large Carter carburetor and a correct cast iron intake. At the sides of that intake, stamped steel valve covers cap original 440 heads which bark into fully restored exhaust manifolds. At the front of those valve covers, sparks are sequenced from a reproduction coil to Chrysler Electronic Suppression Wires via a traditional points distributor. And in front of that coil, a heavy duty radiator circulates water through reproduction Chrysler hoses and old school squeeze clamps. Naturally, this Darts clean engine bay is a nice combination of form and function with details like a fresh Mopar red cap battery, an authentic Chrysler washer fluid tank, chrome ancillary components and yellow and green carburetor springs all present and accounted for. Everything from the cars glossy fenders to its straight firewall is coated in an excellent layer of Dark Green pigment. And with one twist of the key, the big V8 makes low profile cruising literally impossible.
Throw this Dodge on a lift and youll find a fully restored undercarriage that, in addition to grilling many Fords and Chevys, looks clean enough to grille a rib eye steak on. The rock solid floors, which are covered in an appealing combination of deep gray primer and Dark Green overspray, provide the perfect backdrop for a completely rebuilt suspension. Behind the big motor, a date-correct A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic takes care of gear selection while an 8.75 inch rear end puts the power to the pavement. Around that drivetrain, an OEM-style chassis remains in place with torsion bars up front and parallel leafs out back. Cool and confident stops are provided by a full set of manual drum brakes. Exhaust flows down the center of the car to traditional turbo mufflers and bright stainless tips ...For more information please call the seller.