If that wasn't enough to induce "Dodge Fever," then perhaps the optional 383-cid V-8, also four-barrel carbureted but churning up 25 extra horses for the 1967, 1968, 1969 Dodge Dart GT GTS, could finish the job. With that choice came a vented, bulged hood.
TorqueFlite automatic was the standard transmission, shiftable through an optional console, but a four-speed manual gearbox cost no more. Performance got a boost in the regular GT line as well, with a 318-cid V-8 option joining the 273.
Far more Dart GTs than GTSports found customers, helped by the simple fact that they were more than $500 cheaper. The GTS hardtop and convertible drew scads of attention but not as many orders, with only 8,745 built.
A modest face-lift with fresh horizontal-bar grille and restyled taillights didn't change the Darts dramatically in 1969. Joining the GT and GTS this time was a bargain-basement Swinger, available with the 340-cid V-8 engine but carrying fewer extras.
While Dodge's GTSport never quite ranked with a Hemi-Charger or Super Bee in the public eye for all-out performance, the figures and contemporary comments speak for themselves. With the 340-cid engine and automatic transmission, Motor Trend required a measly six seconds for its GTS to hit 60.
Rocket-like acceleration wasn't its only skill, either. Car and Driver called Dodge's top Dart a "tough little machine on curves and bends." Car Life voted GTS one of the best cars of the year: "more nimble than most" and able to deliver "neck-snapping acceleration," actually topping a Hemi-equipped Charger for "versatility, agility, roadability" and off-the-line starts.
Because some folks never are satisfied, a few hundred Darts even had 440-Magnum engines installed by outside specialists. Even without such unofficial help, though, Dodge had turned its dowdy compact in sheep's garb into a snarling wolf, eager to snap at the heels of its muscle-car rivals.
GTS production slipped to 6,702 for this final season in the Dart lineup, and only the Swinger would hang on into the Seventies.
Continue reading to learn more about the 1967-1969 Dodge Dart GT GTS series specifications.