In 1967, Chrysler’s NHRA Super Stock drag racing program saw a lackluster result. To turn things around, they contracted with Hurst Industries to convert several dozen production cars into purist drag machines, and the result was the 1968 Dodge HEMI® Dart L023 Super Stock.
One of the 80 Darts built for NHRA Super Stock drag racing, this car was no longer street legal due to the changes made to it. It was driven by Terry Pringle as part of the Gene Snow racing operation, and it has since been treated to a no-expense-spared restoration that was completed by Mulder’s Rods and Customs in Brenham, Texas.
Under the hood, the car features an iron 426 HEMI race block with a magnesium cross-ram intake and date-code correct Holley carburetors. Hooker headers like those originally built for the car were also part of the exhaust system. The engine is backed by the A727 Torqueflite using the Dual-Gate design shifter, and an 8 3/4 differential completes the package. Engineer Bob Tarozzi developed special rear leaf springs for these cars, and the brake master cylinder was offset for engine clearance.
To adjust weight, the car was equipped with lightweight body panels, had its rear seat deleted, and had Dodge A100 van seats installed. Door glass adjustment straps using seat belt straps were also added, and Hurst even moved the battery to the trunk. Inside, the car was spartan with radio and heat delete plates, and little more than added gauges.
Now repainted to a period-correct scheme, the Cragar wheels and race tires complete the package. The car also includes binders of photos, factory release paperwork, and race-related data. Gene Snow and Terry Pringle signed autographs are included, as are copies of the Dodge product bulletin, Chrysler Performance, and Dodge special drag race car program, the Dodge Dart confidential price bulletin data, and even a copy of the original invoice.
This legend of Mopar racing from the Lone Star State will be sold on a Bill of Sale and is set to cross the Mecum Indy auction block on May 19th. It’s a true piece of American muscle car history and a testament to the engineering prowess of the team at Chrysler during the late 1960s.
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