1. Princess Valiant

    Princess Valiant Duster specialist FABO Gold Member

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    So I was talking to a guy regarding 73 and newer dodge darts and dart sports, and he was passionately expressing his opinion as to how ugly they are.

    This is not the first time I have heard this.

    Why do people act like these cars have leprosy or something??

    I like them and I would think that if they are so despicable then no one would have bought them new but yet it seems they were pretty hot sellers in the 70 and 80s, so what am I missing here?
     
  2. Old man ray

    Old man ray Banned By Request

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    Its no longer the 70s or 80s would be my guess. Like old jokes that are dated.
    And some music.
     
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    • RustyRatRod

      RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

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      I have never cared for them......but I must admit, within the past few years, they have slowly grown on me. I REALLY like Dick Landy's Dart Sport Pro Stock car. That's proof that they can look badass.

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      • 72Dart6pack

        72Dart6pack Harder Better Faster Stronger.

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        This is the real beaker.

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        • 69conv

          69conv error 401 FABO Gold Member

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          My only issue isn't with the beak but with the 3 ton safety bumpers that came with them.
           
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          • Bulldozer

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            there wouldn't be any Volares or Aspen's without them...
             
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            • 66 CUDA

              66 CUDA Well-Known Member

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              I was very happy with the way mine turned out, and you can see how happy the guy was that bought it from me.

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              • joel d. snyder

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                may be because of your age perspective. i've always hated the beak cars, but i was here when they were new. and considered them a major loss in style.
                 
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                • 67Dart273

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                  I said as it nearly fell on me from the garage overhead stoage
                   
                • RustyRatRod

                  RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

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                  I could live without those.
                   
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                  • d55dave

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                    And the plastic grills, plastic interior trim, cardboard headliners, smog equipment.

                    That being said one of my favorite a bodies that I owned and built was a 75 408 4 speed.

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                    • d55dave

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                      You will notice that I replaced that extremely heavy front bumper with a glass one.....
                       
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                      • 318willrun

                        318willrun Utube channel 318willrun

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                        LOL....
                        Duster's came with 'em too
                         
                      • 1969reddart

                        1969reddart or is it Bronze...

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                        I didn't like the beak Darts or the '73+ Dusters years ago. Seems like as I get older, I appreciate a lot of the cars that I didn't before. Even the Fords...:wtf: I actually wouldn't mind owning a Dart Sport.
                         
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                        • Dartnut

                          Dartnut Don't hate me because i'm beautiful

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                          I actually like the looks of the ''beak'' cars better.
                          And as a matter of fact, it's not hard to remove the extra bumper supports in them if that's the main concern...........
                          FWIW, the '67-'69 Barracudas were the first ''beak'' cars.
                          A ''73-'76 Dart Sport hood has exactly the same contours as a '69 Barracuda hood.
                           
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                          • AJ/FormS

                            AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s

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                            Beaks are for Pontiacs, Camaros, Edsels,Cougars,Cyclones, and Studes. And they are all just as fugly.
                            Had I known or even had the thought crossed my mind,I would have put non-beak clips on every one of my three beakers,lol, two of which were bought because the price was right to a starving young man. At that time, I didn't yet hate the beaks.The third I knew better. And so I dutifully backed it into the driveway so I wouldn't have to look at that ugly beak in the morning.
                            Dusters with the powrbulge hoods in my book, don't count as beakers, it's subtle enough
                            I had a very nice 69 Formula-S Barracuda (still do) that I could have resto-modded for less money than the 68 I chose instead,but I just couldn't get past the beak.
                             
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                            • abodyjoe

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                              beaks, big bumpers, raised marker lights, no vent windows... YUK!

                              just not as good looking to me.. but hey not my money either so if you like them thats all that matters...
                               
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                              • abodyjoe

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                                would have been a good thing.. what a flop those things were.
                                 
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                                • rumblefish360

                                  rumblefish360 So close, yet so far away FABO Gold Member

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                                  I’m not in love with the extended nose of the cars. There not horrible IMO but also not really a pretty feature. I could live with one but would rather not.

                                  Ya wanna talk beak? How about a boat tail Riviera?
                                   
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                                  • AJ/FormS

                                    AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s

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                                    Toronado
                                     
                                  • TrailBeast

                                    TrailBeast AKA Mopars4us on Youtube

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                                    Well, with comments like "nice car" yelled at me three or four times a day I don't think there is a lot of hate there.
                                    Mainly it seems to be just Mopar owners that have a pre 73 that bitch about the beak.
                                     
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                                    • SSVDP

                                      SSVDP FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                                      You’re not missing anything.
                                      People like what they like.
                                      I’d love a “convertriple” and a 360 4 speed beaker myself.
                                       
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                                      • Bulldozer

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                                        try posting up a 73 or 74 charger over at FBBO , or better yet a 77 charger SE, you might as well ban yourself
                                         
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                                        • barbee6043

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                                        • diymirage

                                          diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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                                          well, if i were driving a camry, that beaker would look pretty good
                                          but viewed in the rear view mirror of my 71 duster...not so much

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