1961 Dodge Dart Seneca Sedan 61 Forward Look Mopar Solid Driver Low Orig Miles on 2040-cars
Ocala, Florida, United States
Nice solid '61 Dart Seneca, 4 door sedan, 225 cid slant six runs excellent, no smoke, runs very clean, exhaust is a little loud, Torqueflite 3 speed auto tranny shifts very well, carb has been thoroughly cleaned, original gas tank is in fantastic shape, it's been cleaned and sealed, along with a new sending unit gasket and float installed, ethanol treatment, lead additive and octane boost used in the gasoline, installed a new master cyl and two front brake hoses for the brakes, did a brake bleed and nice clean fluid throughout, brakes work very good, all lines are solid, car is a southern car and very solid underneath, the floors are excellent, no holes or patches, fenders are very nice, no filler, solid doors, rockers, doglegs, bottom of passenger side quarter panel has some rot, and the driver's side bottom quarter has been fixed before. Trunk floor is original and does have a few small holes, as seen in the pics. Lip where weather strip is is very solid, as is the trunklid and roof. Glass is all good, interior is decent, beautiful original headliner, dash is faded and has some pitting on the chrome parts, door panels are fair, but hanging in there. Rear seat is original and not too bad, does have a couple of splits, front seat is torn up a bit, hence the seat cover. Car was originally LL1 Silver-grey metallic, but was repainted years ago in a charcoal grey metallic. It buffed up pretty good, but it could use a fresh coat. The car has manual brakes, manual steering, and the only options it has is a radio, torqueflite, and a day/nite mirror. My apologies for the horrible looking rims that are on it, I do not have the originals. These rims would be better suited for a car trailer in my opinion, but they'll get the job done. It runs very nice, and it does drive very well, but it's not ready for a road trip yet. Before a long distance drive is in order, I would suggest the hubs be pulled to check the wheel cylinders, and I would suggest a carb re-build and a fresh set of tires. Very hard to find these cars in this condition anymore. Most of them rusted shortly after they were new. Any questions, just ask. and no, the red '58 is not for sale. This will make a great little driver, or it can be restored, it's your call. The milage is original on it, and it runs and drives like it as well. I've included a photo of the gas tank before it was installed back into the car, so you can see how nice it is. Also, here is a link to a couple of videos of my son driving the car. (sound quality is not that good though)
The 2014 New York Auto Show will be a big one for Dodge, as the brand has announced that refreshed versions of the 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger will debut at the show. This is a particularly big deal for the two-door Challenger which, visually, has remained unchanged since is burst back onto the scene in 2008 and helped reignite the muscle car wars. As a sort of hint, this announcement was accompanied by the picture you see above - the Super Bee logo in the Challenger's new instrument cluster. According to Dodge, the New York debut of a new "powertrain combination" - possibly with the high-output Hellcat V8 - will leave enthusiasts "abuzz." As for the Charger, Dodge is promising a full redesign that should be a significant departure from the blunt, angry looks of the current model. At this point, there's no indication that the Challenger's new powertrain could be fitted to the Charger, although considering how mechanically similar these two vehicles have been, it doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility.
With all the new updates the Dodge Durango is getting for 2014, one thing that Dodge isn't changing on its big SUV is the starting price. Just like the current model year, the 2014 Dodge Durango will be priced from $29,795 (*not including $995 for destination). This price is for the base SXT model, but the 2014 Durango is also offered in a new Limited trim level (replacing the Crew) as well as the sporty R/T and the luxurious Citadel. The Durango Limited starts at $35,995 (an increase of $800 over the 2013 Crew), while the R/T now starts at $38,995 (up $2,500). The top-of-the-line Durango Citadel will start at $40,995 - an increase of $1,000. The many improvements made to the 2014 Durango include revised exterior styling, added in-cabin tech and an eight-speed automatic transmission (expected to return better fuel economy). Dodge is saying that the V6 models will get 25 miles per gallon on the highway while V8 models are expected to score 23-mpg highway, but there are no official EPA numbers to report yet. Scroll down for the full press release.
The Dodge Dart, Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS all failed to earn a "Recommended" rating from Consumer Reports. When it came to the compact Dart, the organization's testers thought the vehicle offered a quiet cabin, solid-feeling chassis and nimble suspension, but the new model ultimately fell short of the coveted rating due to powertrain issues. The institute's reviewers found the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to be underpowered and noted "drivability issues" when the available turbocharged 1.4-liter four was paired with the optional dual-clutch transmission (some of our editors disliked it paired with the six-speed manual). CR also dinged the latter powerplant for sounding "raspy." For what it's worth, we think the forced-induction engine offers an excellent and playful exhaust note, but that's just us. As for the XTS, CR lauded the car for its luxurious cabin, but the vehicle's experience was dulled by its finicky CUE infotainment interface. Overall, the big Cadillac scored much higher than its cross-town rival from Lincoln. While testers found the American luxury sedan to offer a quiet ride and quality fit and finish, they felt the MKS delivered a "cramped driving position, ungainly handling, uncomposed ride, and limited visibility." Ouch. At the end of the day, both cars fell short of rivals from Japan, Germany and Korea. Check out the full press release below with more details, along with CR's musings on the Chevrolet Spark and Lexus ES.