Chrysler was building disposable cars in the '60s and '70s (see Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare) and the Dart stood out like a rose bush in the desert. The best cars came from the second generation, built from 1963-1966. Its Slant6 motor, which came in 101-hp and 145-hp versions, may have lacked grunt but was considered indestructible, and Chrysler got rid of the annoying pushbutton transmission shifter in 1964. Disc brakes became available in 1965, and seat belts were standard. It is hard to believe today, but the Dart came in no fewer than five body styles: two- and four-door sedans, four-door wagon, two-door hardtop coupe, and two-door convertible.
The scrap heap is piled high with lousy cars. But a few famous flops deserve a little reconsideration.