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La Vergne, TN   37086
10/12/2019 @ 4:46pm
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1972 Bright Blue Metallic Plymouth Duster

$ 39,995


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La Vergne, TN   37086 Model Year: 1972 Mileage: 60846
VIN: VS29H2B186908 Engine Displacement:
Exterior Color: Blue Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Interior Color: Black Location:

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So nice to see the Plymouth Duster getting some respect. Cars like this immaculately restored 1972 Duster 340 were really the last of the true performance cars before a long, dark winter of emissions regs, and guys today have definitely learned to respect these compact bruisers. Fully numbers-matching and finished less than 700 miles ago, it's just about as nice as these cars get.

Kudos to Chrysler for keeping their way-out colors and aggressive, almost over-the-top decal packages long after the big motors were put out to pasture. If you wanted a fast car in 1972, you could scarcely do better than this Duster, and the original owner loaded it up with slick Bright Blue Metallic paint, a dual-scooped hood, and, of course, the Duster 340 decals that were the muscle car's last gasp. Given a comprehensive professional restoration, it was freshened recently and presents today as a highly correct example. Ma Mopar wasn't famous for quality control in 1972, so during the restoration all the production-line missteps were corrected, so the doors fit well, the hood sits flush, and the paint has an impossible shine that looks like a million bucks. That aggressive front grille and limited bright work look equally fantastic, and all the chrome was polished up to look new, get a load of those shiny bumpers. There's no sneaking around in this car, but you'll be proud to be noticed, that's for sure!

The high-back bucket seat interior is a rare option for these cars, as they were still economy-minded machines. Everything inside is new: the upholstery on the seats and door panels, the dash, the plush carpets, and even the headliner, suggesting that someone thought this was a very special car from Day One that needed to be restored the right way. There's a tall Hurst shifter in between the buckets that's topped with a cue ball knob to manage the 4-speed manual below, and there's nothing like an original steering wheel to grip when you're out cruising. The stock instruments are still crisp and clear, augmented by a an oil pressure gauge underneath, but precious little else varies from stock. An original AM radio is still in the dash and other than a heater/defroster and seatbelts, luxury options are scarce. This was a car meant for driving, not lounging in. Give the uber-clean trunk a careful inspection and you'll notice that it's very special, and houses a correct mat that fits beautifully.

The biggest bang for the buck was stuffing a high-winding 340 cubic inch small block into a lightweight car like the Duster, and this car still packs its original, numbers-matching powerplant. It's got less than 700 miles on a full rebuild, and has been detailed for show with Hemi Orange paint on the air cleaner (which also wears reproduction decals), and Mopar turquoise engine paint. Hoses, clamps, and other hardware is restoration-grade so it looks right, and thanks to careful ownership it runs like it should. It's backed by a quick-shifting, 4-speed manual transmission, so it's the ultimate point-and-shoot machine in traffic, while out back there's an 8.75-inch rear with 3.55 gears, according to the builder. Factory 14-inch Rallyes look right at home, and now wear 205/70/14 front and 225/70/14 rear BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials to complete the killer look.

Beautifully restored, this is an investment-grade Duster 340 that can be driven on the street or shown with the utmost pride. The fact that you'll be grinning like an escaped convict while you do it is only icing on the cake. Call today!


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