This 1973 Plymouth Duster is what you get when you take a
mild-mannered A-body and give it a serious dose of horsepower.
Finished in Sub-Lime Green metallic paint, this slick compact now
carries a snarling 340 inch small block and a high-profile
personality that refuses to be ignored.
Originally, this car was just a bland commuter special, anonymous in its factory blah paint. But since it was straight and clean, someone saw the potential in it, so five years ago, it was stripped down to the basics, the sheetmetal was straightened, and it was covered in a few coats of that outrageous bright green paint that looks like it might be radioactive. No longer a shrinking violet, this slick Duster was just getting started, so they added Duster stripes with '340' callouts on the flanks, just in case anyone wasn't paying attention. Workmanship is pretty darned good, with doors that close solidly (quite unlike an affordable commuter car) and a very impressive shine to the glossy urethane paint. There are fresh chrome bumpers at either end, just to keep it looking mostly stock, and you have to admit that it looks clean and sleek from any angle. It's not perfect, but if you want perfect you're probably not shopping for an affordable Duster.
The handsome interior wears handsome dark green seat covers, door panels, and carpets, all of which appear to be original equipment. It's actually very sophisticated for an affordable car and comfortable enough to spend all day behind the wheel. The dashboard offers a surprisingly complete array of gauges with their round pods echoing the Rallye gauges of the past. It's likely that the back seat is also original, and if that's the case, this is one amazingly well-preserved car, so it's easy to see how the builder saw the potential in it. The original AM radio remains in the dash, but it's disconnected and supplanted by an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit mounted in a neat pod underneath. The trunk is incredibly spacious for what was originally a "compact" car, and it includes a correct mat and a jack assembly tucked into the corner.
Originally powered by a wheezing, emissions-choked slant six, there's now a snarky 340 cubic inch V8 between the fenders. Despite what the air cleaner says, there's a 2-barrel carburetor and aluminum intake manifold underneath, a proven combination that makes it easy to drive. The smooth-running small block offers instantaneous throttle response and a great mid-range punch, which makes it a lot of fun to drive. Long-tube headers help built torque and feed an aggressive-sounding dual exhaust system with stock-style mufflers, so it's got a nice rumble that never gets annoying. The A904 3-speed automatic transmission seems to read your mind when you stomp the loud pedal, dropping down a gear to let the 340 get into the meaty part of the power band, and with tallish gears in the rear end, it's a great long-distance cruiser, too. Those handsome Rallye wheels are a great OEM look and wear 205/60/15 front and 235/70/15 rear BFGoodrich performance radials.
Thanks to a bunch of recent work, this is a really neat piece of Mopar muscle that was done right. With a nod to authenticity but a strong desire to attract attention, this Duster is always a lot of fun. Call today!
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