Handsome. I like how they styled the rear pillars on these cars.
If you're of a certain age you either had one of these or knew someone who did. Dusters were as common place 30-40 years ago as Camrys and Accords today.
Crank up the Bob Seger! Those cut outs in the back deck are for 6X9 speakers.
One of Chrysler's few bright spots back in the '70s, the Duster was a nice combination of styling and practicality. It was a good value as well. What's more they were also much less expensive to purchase used then an Olds Cutlass, Chevy Monte Carlo or Pontiac Grand Prix. Also, when equipped with the legendary "slant six", they were sprightly performers that could decent gas mileage. Get one with a V-8, even a "little" 318, and you had one that could be great fun when the street light turned yellow. What was not to love?
The reason she sits so high in front. There ain't no engine in here! Note the exhaust pipe to the right. There's only one so that means she had a slant six.
A friend in high school had one that looked just like this green meanie. It did NOT have power streering. Yikes. It's a pretty large car NOT to have power streering and combined with a lack of power brakes; that was one hairy ride.
I loathe the huge, federally mandated "5 mph" bumers on most '70s cars. Chrysler did a better job than most of intergrating those huge chrome logs onto their cars.
My other experience came behind the wheel of one of these that was way, WAY over powered. These are simple cars to "hop up". Bolt on a bigger intake manifold, change the stock 2 barrel carb to a 4, a beefy cam, open up the exhaust, swap the rear end gears for something meaty and you've got a serious runner. Thing is though that when you double the horsepower you should double the stopping power of the car as well. Combine youth + an over powered, primitive car and you've got some trouble on your hands.
Someone in Berea is a MOPAR fan.
Not on my list of cars to have in my fantasy "Car Barn" but I wouldn't mind having one of these to knock around for a while. Oh, one of the over powered ones lest you think I've gone soft. I though insist on power steering and brakes, though.
Equipped with the right powerplant, Dusters were quite good at "dusting" lesser cars at stop lights.
While I like my cars a little rugged there are somethings this cowboy needs to have.