Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here's one that most certainly is. That's because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale. With just 42km or 26,000 miles This rare Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler's AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number. Mopar guys know that the GTS was the hot setup for Dart, with U.S. models boasting 340, 383 and 440 cid big-block engines. Mexican GTS Darts apparently came with the more-subdued 318 cid V8 that generated 270 horsepower in 1969, according to an excerpt from Auto Hobby Digest that is quoted in the ad. All Dodges were built at the AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico assembly plant from 1960-1972. The GTS was also built there using body panels imported from the USA but finsihed rather differently than the USA/Canadian versions of the 1968 and 1969 GTS. 1968 was an exciting year for the Dart in Mexico. In addition to offering a two door Dart 270 and a four door Dart 270, Chrysler was now offering a Dart GTS. Along with the Barracuda, the GTS was fitted with all available high performance components: disc brakes, a four speed transmission (or an optional automatic), sway bars, and D-70x14 tires fitted to 14x5.5" rims. Initially in 1968, the engine was the corporate 230hp 318cid V8. For 1969, Chrysler introduced a 270hp 318 V8 and this became the standard engine for the GTS. It featured a 4bbl carb, 9.5:1 compression, larger valves and a heavy duty crank. GTS's were available with both bench seats and buckets, in addition to being outfitted with a Barracuda instrument cluster and dash (did you look at the photo above this section??). Unlike GTS's in the US, the GTS of Mexico would continue on for the 1970 model year." The cars did not have a VIN as we know it here in the USA. They were not assigned dash board VIN plates until 1980! The VIN is very different from the other VINs contained in the GTS Registry-as you will see with our first listing below! The cars were identified with a metal door jamb decal displaying the serial number, engine number, and registry number. Engines were assembled in Mexico and were "numbers matching" to the car. "Hecho en Mexcio" was stamped on the intake manifold but no serial number. After assembly at the Toluca plant, the cars were driven by independent contractors from the plant to the dealerships!!! Odometers were disconnected!! Speaking of odometers, the speedometer and odometer were in metric, and with the use of the Barracuda Rallye cluster, the markings went up to 240 kph (160mph)!!
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