1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Hurst SS LO23

1968-HEMI-Dart-SS-LO23By the late 1960’s the major automotive companies in the U.S. were immersed in the “muscle car wars.” The battlefields for this competition were local dragstips all over the country. “What wins on Sunday sells on Monday” was the motto that drove Ford, GM, Chrysler and AMC to build the fastest factory “hot rods,” the ones we now revere as muscle cars.

1968-HEMI-Dart-SS-LO23At the height of the “muscle car wars” Chrysler dropped the “A bomb,” the A-body car that is still considered to be the world’s fastest muscle car, the 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart SS by Hurst Performance. To compete with the Yenko Chevrolets and the Shelby Fords Chrysler Corporation put their biggest engine in their smallest cars, the A-body Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda. The result was a fiberglass front Super Stock lightweight racer that could do the quarter-mile in 10’s off the showroom floor (with a little tuning.) They resurrected the Cross Ram manifold and added it to the mix to produce the fastest cars in the world. The Dodge Hemi Darts were coded LO23 and the Plymouth Hemi Barracudas were BO23.

1968-HEMI-Dart-SS-LO23This week Arizona Classics out of Scottsdale, Arizona has posted a 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart SS which they say is a real LO23 car. Only 80 of these were built by Hurst-Campbell. It is still a bit of a mystery car as we are told that it has documented owner history and has a rich racing portfolio as well. But they have not yet posted their description. Interested buyers will be able to watch our Cars On Line blog site over the Easter weekend to get the full story. They say it is now street legal.

Most notable about the ’68 Hemi Darts was the fiberglass hood with the huge scoop and lightened body. These Super Stock cars are often referred to as light weights. Hurst stripped these cars of everything including window regulaters and installed lexan replacements for the side window glass. Non-adjustable Dodge van seats were installed with aluminum brackets. The rear wheel wells were pounded out with sledgehammers to accomodate larger tires. They were built for drag racing and included a non-warranty disclaimer. They were shipped in primer only.

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8 Responses to 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Hurst SS LO23

  1. rick radke July 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    went to milan dragway in Michigan last nite, july5 friday saw a beautiful dart (white) LO23N just had to check out what this was on the web–I’ve seen in pearson on touched a factory HEMI race car, WOW

  2. Tony Nuzzo July 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    That is the real deal nice car not many left like that one

  3. Carl Haas April 13, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    This car was at the mopar car show at Bob’s in Canoga Park on Saturday, April 11. It is not a real Hemi Dart. It’s a very well done tribute car that is reportedly street legal and currently for sale by owner. Spoke with owner directly who confirmed it was a clone. It is an extremely well done tribute car.

  4. rcollins May 7, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Really dont know who you are but you are so clueless about this car. You never had a conversion with me about my car. It is a real car with the paper work. Should learn about these cars before you jump on a keyboard and start bad mouthing a car that you wouldnt know if it was real one if it bite you in the ass

    • Chris Hatfield May 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      Atta boy

  5. hallowitz May 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Sweet clone

  6. David Wesley June 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi there,

    My name is David Wesley and I work on a car show for the Discovery Channel. Currently we’re looking for pictures of a 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Hurst L023, and I came across the picture you have posted on your website. We would love to use this on the show, but first we would need your permission.

    Let me know if you would be interested in sharing this picture (or pictures) with us.

    Thanks,
    David Wesley
    dwesley@gurneyproductions.com
    310-645-1499

  7. Grant January 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    The code for the Dart is correct but the one for the Barracuda is not. L023 is Dart and B029 is for the Barracuda, not B023.

    A quick Google search can verify that this is correct. B029 Barracudas are wicked! Great write-up on the Darts though!

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