The Dodge Dart for '62 is on a new, lightweight unibody "B" platform and well recieved with its "Torsion-Aire" suspension. The components are a good mix with-torsion bar in front, asymetrical leafs springs to the rear, the new suspension systems low unsprung weight and frame rigidity from an almost pure unibody design; the result is almost perfect geometry. The handling is excellent. the braking very good and there is lots of power available, particularly when the new Ramcharger 413 cu in (6.8 L) engine putting out 415 hp (309 kW) is added to the options list, mid-way through 1962.
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The 1966 Fairlane is available with a full range of body styles including the Rancharo or a convertible. The two coupe version could be an entry level model with the "B" pillar behind the drivers door or the high trim pillar-less two door hard top-looking a lot like the convertible shown here. Standard equipment engine this year is a K code 289, but there is a six cylinder on the option sheet and a 390 CID FE V8 for the power option. Mid-year the R-code 427 coupled to a four speed manual transmission is added to the options sheet as well.
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The Dodge Custom 880 was in production from 1962 through to 1965 and the '64 has received a complete body change over previous years. This model did well for the Dodge Division that year, with 31,800 units produced, but fewer convertible versions. A seldom seen feature, unique to Mopar, is the dash mounted push button shift mechanism.