1968 Dodge Dart Hemi
The most famous package cars ever produced are the 1968 Hemi Dart and ‘Cuda. Finished near Detroit by the first version of a Mopar Upfit Center, these cars were built for one purpose: to win at the drag strip. Equipped with a 426 Hemi in a small, lightweight package they dominated Super Stock class racing and Arlen Vanke won Super Stock Eliminator at the 1968 NHRA Nationals in a Hemi ‘Cuda. With Lexan windows, A100 seats on aluminum brackets, a light weight body plus a cross ram Hemi these cars created a new definition of performance and reshaped racers thinking on what was possible on the track. They dominated the record books and remained competitive long after their introduction, so much so in fact that NHRA created a special class for these famous Mopar’s: SS/AH. Today the class run-off at Indy is simultaneously run as the Hemi Challenge Race sponsored by Mopar. Still drawing large crowds with tremendous fan support, these now 1000 plus HP racers show no signs of disappearing from the competitive scene.
- Road Runner and Super Bee introduced with a host of Mopar inspired parts available to increase performance
- Mopar 440 and Hemi are available in both small (Barracuda, Dart) and mid-size (Super Bee, Road Runner) vehicles
- Dodge introduces the Scat Pack Banner for its performance cars with Mopar’s Direct Connection source just around the corner
- Chrysler Corporation sales increase 24% from the previous year with Mopar service, accessory and performance parts continuing their popularity