Are A bodies more popular than B bodies?

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  1. Princess Valiant

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    So lately I have seen a lot more interest in A bodies than B bodies amongst my own circle of car people.

    I've seen a lot of trade offers where people want to trade b bodies for A bodies and saying that A bodies are more in line with modern car sizes and that b bodies simply feel like "boats"

    A bodies seem to be more popular than ever, appearing in commercials and several music videos. I'm wondering if A bodies really are the rage these days more so than any other body line.

    I can agree with A bodies being so sweet but in the other hand I do really like B bodies too.

    I recently made a trade and traded a rough 71 challenger for a 69 road runner which I'm going to be selling or trading for an A body. I'm wondering if that was a bad idea considering A bodies might be more sought after in 2021. ???
     
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      I think the popularity of the A-bodies is increasing, the prices certainly seem to be. But they're still running behind B/E bodies.

      Not sure about the rest of it though. My '72 Challenger is smaller than a modern Challenger, so, I don't know about the size thing. I mean, it's bigger than a new Mustang or a Camry, but compared to the full size modern cars it's either smaller or not really any larger. And compared to modern trucks it's small.
       
    • A56

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      I know that price wise B bodies in comparable shape as an A body seems to gather more resale money. Satellites for example are even getting good money. B body wagons seem to be the rage to me.
       
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      • clementine

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        """I recently made a trade and traded a rough 71 challenger for a 69 road runner which I'm going to be selling or trading for an A body. I'm wondering if that was a bad idea considering A bodies might be more sought after in 2021. ???"""

        roadrunners will always get attention and pull a good dollar/trade. IMHO
         
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        • clementine

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          Wish I could land a sweet 68 AMX stick car
           
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          • JDMopar

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            • rumblefish360

              rumblefish360 So close, yet so far away FABO Gold Member

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              I say yes due to price.
              Also low on the snobbery owners list.
               
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                Yes, A-body prices are rising, and It seems they are becoming more popular. They are much lighter and better sized in my opinion. Styling is also better, and everybody had a Duster, Dart, Valiant, Swinger, or similar A-body in their family. We all drove them.
                 
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                • RammerJammer75

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                  I don't think they are. The problem is most B bodies are either not for sale or they're so expensive most people can't afford to buy and complete them. I've seen shells of '69 Chargers sold for 12k and they're completely rotted out. I think most people just want a cool old Mopar and are at a point to they don't care what it is, just so long as they can afford to do what they want with it. But I do agree, many A body owners aren't as "particular" as B body guys.
                   
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                  • Daves69

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                    Lol, Way back I traded my '71 Challenger RT 340 car for a front end damaged '69 Barracuda S with a 440 (383 original) and an old TB Dodge '66 Satellite track car. If I knew then what I know now, I'm thinking I'd still have an orange Chally. :D

                    A '69 (and '68) 383 RR was supposed to come with a .020" positive deck engine, with .019" head gaskets, and 906 heads. Many however will dispute the deck dimension. My '68 RR (back in '75) did in fact have this, although I cannot provide proof of that today. It was touted as cheap power back in the day. Were it me, for similar condition vehicles, unless the "A" is some special package car, I think I'd stick with the RR.

                    The 1970 Hamtramck Registry - 1969 Plymouth Dealership Data Book - Belvedere (hamtramck-historical.com)
                     
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                    • Alaskan_TA

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                      I have A, B and C - a truck too.

                      I enjoy them all. :)
                       
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                      • CFD244

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                        Just like everything........The high end stuff goes up up and away, and the lower end stuff follows once the high end stuff is out of touch for the average person. I've seen this with guitars.......The 60's stuff got so expensive that the crappy, mass produced 70's stuff started heading up to the point where they are crazy priced......Next, here come the eighties!

                        We're seeing more and more mid and later 70's stuff heading up now that the 70-72 cars are so expensive.

                        Just one man's opinion!:soapbox:
                         
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                        RammerJammer75, you nailed it on the head! The reason I have a dart is that I can't afford a B-body! if I ever win the lottery I will be shopping for a 70 Roadrunner.
                         
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                        • mopardude318

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                          I’m still looking for a clean ‘69 Dart.
                          But a B-Body 68-69-70 RoadRunner is my ultimate. Would love one, but I just Don’t have the cash. Seems most All other Mopar owners shun the little A -Body If your in the B&E groups. Fuck’Em.
                           
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                          I wonder how many FABO members don't have an A body but have an E or B body?
                           
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                            an A-Body will never be as popular as a B -Body. abodies are getting more popular only because the price for even a junk b-body is stupid high.
                             
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                            • JDMopar

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                              You're welcome....and also right! I didn't notice it wasn't an AMX.....just a 4 speed Rambler that kinda sorta was that shape. :BangHead:
                               
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                              • moparmat2000

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                                I will trade my 67 cuda straight across for a 68-69 charger lol. I dont think anybody is going to make that trade though.
                                 
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                                • RustyRatRod

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                                  I like A bodies.
                                   
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                                  • clementine

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                                    output.jpg Agreed, I have owned a pretty sweet 67 GTO and a 65 lemans drag car and they are a bit large. Kern Dogs ride is awesome though. I still talk to the guys that own those rides , so there is the silver lining.
                                     
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                                      There's a difference between sought after and availability. They tend to blur a bit. The prime years of A, B, C and E bodies are less available as old cars get restored, either well or badly. If you had a desirable one of each, solid, affordable and complete in front of you 10-20 years ago, the A and C body get picked last. Then consider old car inflation. The A body is still affordable to the average person in 2021, vs a B or E body. My dumb opinion.
                                       
                                    • moparmat2000

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                                      Rusty, I noticed your avatar is the "heat miser" from the old stop motion year without a Santa Claus movie. I loved the heat miser and Cold miser.
                                       
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                                      • MoparMike1974

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                                        I have always liked A bodies the best and have owned around 30-40 of them through the years. I have three right now, 4 B bodies and an E body.
                                        I only have the 4 B bodies because I had to buy 4 to get the one I really wanted. Its a 71 383 air grabber roadrunner.

                                        I remember an article in one of the mopar magazines back in the early 90's stating that A bodys will never be worth anything. I knew back then that the 340 cars would bring big money and eventually all of them. I did NOT expect to see the prices that 4 door cars are selling for now.
                                         
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                                          I totally agree. I have always loved them. My fave is the 69. Several years ago, a friend in our Mopar club had a 69 AMX. It was a nice driver with a 390 4 speed, but I thought it needed to be restored. He really liked my 69 Barracuda FB. He wanted to trade straight across. My car is completely restored with super nice paint, A/C, Disk brakes, etc. I told him I was interested, but he would have to come up with some money on top of the trade. He would not listen to me. If he had come up with $5k, I might have traded.
                                           
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