Are A bodies more popular than B bodies?

Mopar General Discussions

  1. MOPARMAGA

    MOPARMAGA FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    818
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2019
    Location:
    Yakima Wa
    Local Time:
    6:10 AM
    Oh yeah you're right, Everett was 30 minutes from where I used to hate to live lol, still pissed at Barrett Jackson though for the televised auctions making people think everything is a 10 pound gold nugget
     
  2. MOPARMAGA

    MOPARMAGA FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,308
    Likes Received:
    818
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2019
    Location:
    Yakima Wa
    Local Time:
    6:10 AM
    Magnums are f'n tough lookin
     
  3. scatpackbee

    scatpackbee Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    704
    Likes Received:
    446
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2007
    Location:
    Georgetown, Ontario
    Local Time:
    9:10 AM

    Was this car at MCACN in 2016?

    I remember seeing one there.
     
  4. cojohnso

    cojohnso Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    321
    Likes Received:
    356
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2019
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Local Time:
    8:10 AM
    If you really want to start shit? Explain that A and/or E-bodies are not Muscle cars. Of any year. In the "Purist sense?" Neither are Camaros or Mustangs. They are all pony cars. That do deserve respect in their own right. But a few B-bodies are actually "Muscle cars" And only between the years 64-71. Now let the arguments begin? (For the record? It's REALLY tough explaining that a 63 Savoy Max Wedge car is not a Muscle car? It's a family car with performance package?) They look at you like you kicked their dog!
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • barbee6043

      barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      13,992
      Likes Received:
      6723
      Joined:
      Jul 20, 2008
      Location:
      Shepherd, Texas ( SE Tx)
      Local Time:
      8:10 AM
      ^^^ Only reason that 1963 Savoy MW is not considered a so-called "muscle Car" is because it never had a snappy name, ie GTO, GTX etc etc.
       
      • Agree Agree x 2
      • MopaR&D

        MopaR&D Nerd Member

        Messages:
        4,266
        Likes Received:
        1119
        Joined:
        Jan 4, 2008
        Location:
        Fort Collins, CO
        Local Time:
        7:10 AM
        Mostly repeating what others have said already, has more to do with prices of B-bodies being too high for reasonably-minded people on a budget to afford.

        I originally wanted a 68-70 RR but "settled" on my '70 Duster. Being a function-over-form type of guy I found I like this car better anyway. It's just easier to make them fast and handle well because they're smaller and lighter. B-bodies are super sexy, I've come to really love the 71-74 Plymouth B-bodies but they're LARGE. And really I think the 69-73 fuselage C-bodies are just as beautiful if not more so, so if I want a "big" Mopar I'll probably get a C-body.

        At the end of the day once you get past the exterior sheetmetal they're all the same car just with different lengths and widths. In reality C-bodies are the most unique design and engineering-wise since at the time they had the highest volume of sales and brought in the most profits for the company. A good number of parts are shared between A, B, E-bodies but C-bodies use a lot of unique stuff.

        After I manage to sell my truck and get a comfy modern daily driver (looking at 2004-08 Acura TL) my next old Mopar project will probably either be a C-body wagon or a mid/late-70s B-body like a Cordoba or Magnum. I want to screw around with a big-block car but I can't justify spending thousands of dollars more just because something looks 'cool' and says "Charger" or "Road Runner" on the side. I'd imagine there would be less flak from the purist crowd also if I happen to swap a Mercedes OM606 straight-6 turbodiesel into a C-body wagon lol.
         
        • Agree Agree x 2
        • cojohnso

          cojohnso Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          321
          Likes Received:
          356
          Joined:
          Mar 25, 2019
          Location:
          Minneapolis, MN
          Local Time:
          8:10 AM
          Coming up to 3 years ago. I bought my GTX way up near the Canadian border for a little over $21k. The car is not numbers matching. But does have period correct 440 and 4-speed. This was very similar to my GTX I had to sell long ago. I searched more than 2 years to find what I wanted at the price I could live with. At the time one is always concerned about "Paying too much." But what prices has done since? It would be steal today. Quick walk around vid.

           
          • Like Like x 4
          • cojohnso

            cojohnso Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            321
            Likes Received:
            356
            Joined:
            Mar 25, 2019
            Location:
            Minneapolis, MN
            Local Time:
            8:10 AM
            Chargers have gone even more nuts. I have a friend with a base model 383 '69 Charger. W/auto trans. The car also is not numbers matching. But in very similar driver quality condition. (I would say a 3.2 on a scale 0-5)

            I believe my GTX is a better car. Higher optioned. And build quality. But there is every indication that he could get 10%-15% more than GTX for his Charger. They are still in hot demand.
             
          • barbee6043

            barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            13,992
            Likes Received:
            6723
            Joined:
            Jul 20, 2008
            Location:
            Shepherd, Texas ( SE Tx)
            Local Time:
            8:10 AM
            A GTX or Charger 4 spped car is super rare really as is one without AC, as you know.
            Funny story. I have a Mopar bud from way back, in the 80's hard core guy, never sells anything. Well he had a 68 GTX roller original 4 speed , non AC car. I traded him a 70 V code (440-6) Cuda roller, plus I got $2000 boot. This was like about '92 or 3 maybe. Just wait, I had 4 or 5 other V code E body projects. He said later on.he had no idea how rare that 4 speed X was. I had enough of E bodies at that time and I was off them and on to the 68-70 B bodies anyway. I liked them way better. It later sold done to a guy in Ca. along with a 69 X Hemi project.
             
            • Like Like x 1
            • 318willrun

              318willrun Utube channel 318willrun

              Messages:
              16,910
              Likes Received:
              18957
              Joined:
              Sep 13, 2013
              Location:
              I'm here
              Local Time:
              8:10 AM
              I just have expensive taste. Though I like almost any classic mopar, I always had a liking for the '68-70 B-bodies. It's just the market kept me in my A-bodies. Looking back 30 years, those prices seem super cheap, but I didn't have it then. Guess what? I'm still in A-bodies 'cuz I don't see me shelling out 35K
               
              • Like Like x 2
              • Brooks James

                Brooks James Dustoff

                Messages:
                833
                Likes Received:
                438
                Joined:
                Dec 12, 2020
                Location:
                Fruitland Park Fl
                Local Time:
                9:10 AM
                I worked with a guy in 77 who had a beautiful 70 Imperial
                I would gladly trade my 70 Dart for that car
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                • cojohnso

                  cojohnso Well-Known Member

                  Messages:
                  321
                  Likes Received:
                  356
                  Joined:
                  Mar 25, 2019
                  Location:
                  Minneapolis, MN
                  Local Time:
                  8:10 AM
                  For me? I really believe one loses a bit of the experience of classic car ownership with an automatic?
                   
                  • Agree Agree x 2
                  • Like Like x 1
                  • Josh owen

                    Josh owen Well-Known Member

                    Messages:
                    132
                    Likes Received:
                    31
                    Joined:
                    Dec 8, 2019
                    Location:
                    Bay city wisconsin
                    Local Time:
                    8:10 AM
                    I love A B and C bodies if I could have anything it'd be a 71 340 4 speed demon or a 68 Chrysler town and country wagon!

                    Snapchat-209551402.jpg

                    vyooz-1.jpg

                    20200801_222720.jpg

                    20210131_104250.jpg
                     
                    • Like Like x 1
                    • Princess Valiant

                      Princess Valiant Duster specialist FABO Gold Member

                      Messages:
                      24,121
                      Likes Received:
                      17436
                      Joined:
                      Dec 14, 2011
                      Location:
                      Colorado
                      Local Time:
                      7:10 AM
                    • Josh owen

                      Josh owen Well-Known Member

                      Messages:
                      132
                      Likes Received:
                      31
                      Joined:
                      Dec 8, 2019
                      Location:
                      Bay city wisconsin
                      Local Time:
                      8:10 AM
                      Thanks I'll trade it for either of my wishes above lol older restoration but still wins tons of cars shows every summer. Call her the cardinal sin.. has a 340 in it
                       
                      • Like Like x 1
                      • famous bob

                        famous bob mopar misfit

                        Messages:
                        19,528
                        Likes Received:
                        8584
                        Joined:
                        Aug 14, 2011
                        Location:
                        okla
                        Local Time:
                        8:10 AM
                        About the only real reason I`d like one , would be the extra room while working on/restoring it .
                         
                      • barbee6043

                        barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

                        Messages:
                        13,992
                        Likes Received:
                        6723
                        Joined:
                        Jul 20, 2008
                        Location:
                        Shepherd, Texas ( SE Tx)
                        Local Time:
                        8:10 AM
                        I love banging gears, but I live in the sticks. Decades ago I had a bunch of TAs and AARs, only one I picked up had a AT. I asked myself why wold anyone by such a type car with an Auto! Guess they lived in the city?
                         
                      • SLOPAR72

                        SLOPAR72 Well-Known Member

                        Messages:
                        2,672
                        Likes Received:
                        2167
                        Joined:
                        Jan 5, 2016
                        Location:
                        Richmond, VA.
                        Local Time:
                        9:10 AM
                        One is no better than the other. Having owned a RR or 2 I like them more and less than a dang Duster lol..... Now if we are talking about an investment I would say that's a no brainer. However you should have put your money in Gamestop (lol) and not an old car if you want to make money....

                        A body's are actually more popular than most think. My generation had parents who bought them because of the right reason and more so there is a group out there who had them in the early days because they were more affordable.... To each his own and there is really no clear cut answer to the question...

                        JW
                         
                        • Agree Agree x 1
                        • K.O. SWINGER

                          K.O. SWINGER Meeting in the alley since 1976

                          Messages:
                          1,851
                          Likes Received:
                          1257
                          Joined:
                          Nov 18, 2010
                          Location:
                          oregon
                          Local Time:
                          8:10 AM
                          Yes I would say the B-hold a small popularity advantage in most circles. But that advantage seems to be becoming less as time goes on, of course some b-body owners will always have their nose up in the air just like anyone who loves popularity and achieves some, seldom a good thing. top level a bodys can definitely hold their own in looks and performance! I am very happy with mine and have no desire to move to a B-body platform nope.

                          IMG_20210123_141704474.jpg
                           
                          Last edited: Feb 7, 2021
                          • Like Like x 3
                          • Agree Agree x 1
                          • Josh owen

                            Josh owen Well-Known Member

                            Messages:
                            132
                            Likes Received:
                            31
                            Joined:
                            Dec 8, 2019
                            Location:
                            Bay city wisconsin
                            Local Time:
                            8:10 AM
                            I agree like said i own one of each and I love the A body more than any of them
                             
                          • SLOPAR72

                            SLOPAR72 Well-Known Member

                            Messages:
                            2,672
                            Likes Received:
                            2167
                            Joined:
                            Jan 5, 2016
                            Location:
                            Richmond, VA.
                            Local Time:
                            9:10 AM
                            Smaller, more agile, just an easier automobile all around. A little power can go a long ways.... And for the performance guys (definitely strait line) it is a tried and true platform so you can always start researching for answers or ideas.

                            I have said it many times and my dad will also until they throw dirt on him that when he first drove a 340 A body in the 60's he was hooked. And further more when someone showed up with one at the street scene there was about to be a disappointed owner in the other lane in more cases than not.....

                            JW
                             
                            • Agree Agree x 2
                            • Like Like x 1
                            • Josh owen

                              Josh owen Well-Known Member

                              Messages:
                              132
                              Likes Received:
                              31
                              Joined:
                              Dec 8, 2019
                              Location:
                              Bay city wisconsin
                              Local Time:
                              8:10 AM
                              Exactly!! Everything i have has a 340 but even a warmed over 318 in a dart or duster with a 4 speed I tell ya manual brakes and manual steering it will give you a rush everytime you lay into it
                               
                              • Agree Agree x 3
                              • SLOPAR72

                                SLOPAR72 Well-Known Member

                                Messages:
                                2,672
                                Likes Received:
                                2167
                                Joined:
                                Jan 5, 2016
                                Location:
                                Richmond, VA.
                                Local Time:
                                9:10 AM
                                When the Norton's were on the bike scene they were a beast. Power to weight.... Same deal.... That's how my dad figured it out real quick. He had a Norton also. Bad machine in the day but that's for another discussion....

                                JW
                                 
                                • Like Like x 1
                                • scatpackbee

                                  scatpackbee Well-Known Member

                                  Messages:
                                  704
                                  Likes Received:
                                  446
                                  Joined:
                                  Feb 10, 2007
                                  Location:
                                  Georgetown, Ontario
                                  Local Time:
                                  9:10 AM

                                  That’s a beautiful GTX.

                                  Who’s Beetle is in the background?

                                  It looks like a ‘65 or ‘66.
                                   
                                • 1969VADart

                                  1969VADart FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                                  Messages:
                                  2,449
                                  Likes Received:
                                  715
                                  Joined:
                                  Aug 19, 2013
                                  Location:
                                  Fredericksburg, VA
                                  Local Time:
                                  9:10 AM
                                  A-bodies draw a lot of attention in my area because we seem to see a lot fewer of them than B-bodies. However, just given that if I go to a show, I will likely see far more B-bodies than A-bodies, I would say that the B-bodies remain more popular. Many A-bodies also had the wheels driven off of them and were subsequently rolled into the junkyards years ago.

                                  All that being said, cool Mopars in general attract a great deal of attention at many shows because there are 10 times as many classic Fords and Chevys. I know of the same half a dozen old Mopars in our area that frequent shows. I even know of more E-bodies than A-bodies.
                                   
                                1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                                  By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.