’68 Hurst HEMI Dart: The World’s Fastest Muscle Car?
Could this be the quickest quarter-mile machine ever unleashed by any factory?
With less than 100 built, these Hemi-powered Dodge Darts, – code L023 – is said to be the fastest muscle car of all time. Differing greatly from the base Dodge Dart produced for 1968, bare Dart bodies were shipped to the Madison Heights, Michigan, Hurst Performance facility for further outfitting for Chrysler’s Super Stock racing program in 1968. These unique 426 HEMI motors had been built offline by hand-picked technicians. The HEMI blocks were iron with a 4.250-inch bore and a 3.750-inch stroke, with a mild street cam, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum heads, and a cross-ram eight-barrel intake.
With an e.t. in the 10's there were lightened and featuring a cross-ram intake,they were very quickly unbeatable with 1/4 mile times running in the 9's.
The Windsor was introduced in 1939 and continuously produced until 1942 when the war interrupted all manufacturing. After a 3 year hiatus production continued for the Chrysler Windsor until 1961 in the USA and until 1966 in Canada.
The fluid drive was introduced by Chrysler in 1939. The feature is added to a factory equipped three speed standard transmission with a conventional clutch, but in addition, a hydraulic coupling is also present. The coupling performs the same as the flywheel; in succeeding years a modern style torque converter will be used in the hydraulic couplings place. The fluid drive allows the operator to leave the car in first gear, the vehicle stopped, without activating the clutch peddle. The engine can remain idling, at a stop, in 1st gear similar to an automatic, but the transmission must be shifted the same as a traditional three speed. The 250.6 CID - L-head six engine can maintain an idle, stopped, in high gear, then brought to driving speed like an automatic, although sluggishly. For the best performance the transmission will have to be shifted.
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Take a look at this very nice 1969 Dodge Dart powered by a 318CID V8 and a A904 Torqueflite 3spd Auto transmission. The motor features 509/292 Cam, Demon 650CFM carb, new intake and headers. Rear end is a 8 3/4 with 3.91 gears and Moser axles. Power steering. This car is very clean inside and out!