Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The 1968 Dart remained largely the same from the previous year.
The park/turn lights in the grille were moved slightly inboard and became round. Side marker lights were added to the front fenders and rear quarter panels to comply with the new federal safety laws.
Other safety changes occurred like collapsible steering columns. A new axle ratio was used. It went from 2.93 to 2.76 for all standard performance engines and automatic transmission.
The GTS was introduced late 1967 to compete with Chevy’s Nova SS. The GTS was available with a standard 340ci/275hp engine, or an optional 383ci/300hp V8. The 383 wasn’t able to compensate for its weight disadvantage, so more customers opted for the 340. The car included a free-flowing exhaust, and Rallye suspension. A three-on-the-tree transmission was standard, while either a 4-speed Hurst manual or TorqueFlite was optional.
Another option was available for the performance enthusiast. Dodge shipped 383-spec Darts along with factory prepped 440 engines to Hurst-Campbell where the conversion was completed. Dodge inspected it, and the finished cars were sold at Grand Spaulding Auto Sales in Chicago. The 440 engine was so large and heavy, there was no room for power steering thus the cars were only good for drag racing.
There was another limited option only for 1968: the Hurst Hemi Darts and were equipped with the 426 Hemi, underwent weight reductions, and the side window mechanisms were removed. Only 80 were made and were created strictly for drag racing. The cars were shipped only with primer and base wheels, and fiberglass body components. These vehicles were not legal for public roads, but they definitely performed on the track hitting 10s in the quarter-mile with minimal modifications. This would make the fastest factory built car in muscle car factory.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|340ci/275 hp||6.0 sec||14.4 sec @ 99 mph||Car & Driver|
|440ci/375hp||5.0 sec||13.3 sec @ 107 mph||n/a|
|225 Slant Six||225ci||1x1bbl||145 hp||215 lb-ft|
|273ci V8||273ci||1x2bbl||180 hp||260 lb-ft|
|Standard Six||170ci||1x1bbl||101 hp||155 lb-ft|
|273ci V8||273ci||1x4bbl||235 hp||280 lb-ft|
|GTS 340ci||340ci||n/a||275 hp||340 lb-ft|
|GTS 383ci||383ci||n/a||300 hp||400 lb-ft|
|440ci||440ci||n/a||375 hp||480 lb-ft|
|Hemi||426ci||Cross-Ram||425 hp (more like 535 hp)||490 lb-ft|
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