The Duster seen here’s a 1973 mannequin, decked out in Basin Road Blue, one among 16 colours on the Duster palette for 1973. Oh sure, about that headline reference to Kahoks Purple, if you’re a resident of the near-east facet, you’ll perceive. The Kahoks is the title utilized by Collinsville Excessive Faculty for his or her athletic groups, and their colours are purple (similar to the Duster on this story) and white.
It’s no secret that this Duster is a Duster 340, as evidenced by the sporty, white racing stripes with the “340” situated excessive on the rear fenders.
The “340” Dusters got here with a 340 cubic-inch V-8 producing 235 internet SAE horsepower making for a really spunky trip within the 3,010 pound compact. Transmissions supplied included “three-on-the-tree” and “four-on-the-floor” manuals, plus Mopar’s venerable Torque-Flite automated.
Whole mannequin 12 months manufacturing for all Plymouths was 746,821 of which Duster gross sales accounted for 249,243.
What it’s value right this moment: The most recent concern of the Previous Vehicles Report Value Information lists a primary, Duster 340 at $35,700. Quantity two, three, 4, 5 and 6 situation fashions are available in at $24,990; $16,070; $7,140; $4,280 and $1,430 respectively.
Proprietor information: It was simply hours earlier than my deadline after I lastly obtained maintain of the Duster proprietor, Matt Tettaton, of Caseyville, Illinois. Matt has solely owned the automobile for 2 months, however has already had a cracked exhaust manifold changed and an entire new dual-exhaust system put in. He bought the automobile from the earlier proprietor in close by Granite Metropolis. That proprietor, a “motivated vendor,” had the automobile for roughly 10 years, and had since purchased a ship and was bored with seeing the Duster sitting round! (WHAAA?!?) Sure, it was restored as you see it now, when Matt bought the automobile and he informed me he principally ‘stole’ the automobile! (I hope he wasn’t talking actually!).
After I noticed the Duster sitting on Collinsville Street at B&E Auto Restore, it seemed as if it was rarin’ to go! B&E proprietor, Bob Williams, has been a lifelong good friend of Matt – and Bob, a Mopar knowledgeable, not too long ago did carburetor overhaul and an entire tune up on the Basin Road Blue magnificence. Bob’s older brother, Donnie, helps out within the operation of B&E Auto Restore.
The Plymouth Dusters loved a seven mannequin 12 months run from 1970 by means of 1976. The Duster was so successful for Plymouth, that in 1971 Dodge requested and obtained their very own model, the Demon fastback. In response, Plymouth was given a model of the Dodge Dart Swinger two-door hardtop named the Plymouth Valiant Scamp.
FIN MAN FACTOIDS: 1. The Dodge Demon was renamed “Dart Sport” in response to Christian teams’ grievances and criticisms concerning the ‘Demon’ title and devil-with-pitchfork brand. 2. The 12 months was 1973. The 110-story Sears Tower opened in Chicago, and the Oldsmobile Toronado was the primary automobile with a passenger airbag.
This Duster is bound to seize the curiosity of TKCS-STL taking part volunteer, 16-year previous Ignacio (everybody calls him “Nacho”). He’s a giant Mopar fan whose father drives a Dodge Ram.
UPCOMING EVENTS: A particular “Rolling” Breakfast with the Fin Man is deliberate for a late-April date. The occasion will embrace a go to to John Prepare dinner’s 15-car vehicle assortment in Carlyle, Illinois and way more. Electronic mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Bruce Kunz, c/o St. Louis Submit-Dispatch, 901 N. 10th St, St. Louis, MO, 63101, to let me know you have an interest. Affirmation will likely be despatched and funds will likely be accepted by verify or bank card over the telephone (one week advance required previous to the day of the occasion). No cling-ons. In different phrases, nobody will likely be driving their very own vehicles to John’s storage. Each customer could have a ticket, issued by The Fin Man, with the intention to get in.
Till then, simply Carry on cruisin’, staying secure and wholesome! See you proper right here once more subsequent week.
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