When a Texas collector returned from Switzerland he came back with more than a watch or Army knife. In fact, what he found there was a restored 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi SS, one of the rarest and most desirable Mopars of all time.
Although it was once a ten-second car at the track, this 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi SS has had a storied history that took it from local track champion in Texas to Switzerland where it was restored by an avid Mopar fan. The current owner brought the car back to Texas. Today the Texas seller is offering it for sale on Cars-On-Line.com. (Click here to view the ad page.)
It was intended as a race car from the gitgo. The THT Racing Enterprises team from Dallas, Texas purchased the special built light weight Mopar for Super Stock racing. They ran both NHRA and AHRA events.
In an article by newspaper writer D.D. Cleveland, the THT Racing Enterprises team won big at the Green Valley Raceway (Dallas area) in February, 1969. Their Hemi Dart Super Stock took the event in Super Stock class. By Cleveland’s account, shoe Harold Tomlinson paced his shifts perfectly. Out of the gate, opponent Jim Doran’s Camaro jumped to a full car-length lead. But the Dart won handily with an 11.65 run at 125.34. And that was on a pretty cold track that day.
In 1969, the THT Racing Enterprises 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi SS was on the front cover of the AHRA Rule Book.
Restored in Switzerland
Sometime around 2003 the car made its way to Switzerland where a European Mopar fan decided to do an extensive rotisserie restoration on the car. (See photo below of the car on a rotisserie.) The current owner told us it was restored to original specs, including light weight metal panels and doors, and Lexan windows all around. It has the correct seats and belts, light weight front fenders and hood. The hood has hinges for easier access. It currently has a speedometer in kilometers, but the seller says he has the original with the original miles. The car also now has a full exhaust because it was driven legally on the streets in Switzerland.
Only 80 of these LO23 light weight Dart Super Stock cars were produced by the factory and sent to Hurst Campbell for racing conversion. These cars are considered to be the fastest muscle cars ever made. At under 3,000 pounds, they could run 10’s at 130 miles per hour.
At 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 Ford Mustangs, 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.