Restored racecars continue to be a big part of the modern collector-car movement. Offered here is an authentic 1968 Hurst-built Hemi Dart, which many now refer to as an LO23 model based on the first four characters of the serial number. In 1968, the Texas-based Gene Snow Racing Team was successfully running a nitromethane-burning Dodge Dart funny car and obtained one of the new factory Super Stock models as well. Approximately 80 Hemi Darts were built, but they, together with their sister Hemi Barracudas, went on to become perhaps the most successful winning factory package in drag racing. Chrysler subcontracted with Hurst Industries to do the conversions, which required fitting the Hemi engine in, coupled to massive weight reductions through the use of fiberglass parts, thinner door sheet metal, lightweight glass, rear-seat removal and other changes; the Darts had minor rear-wheel radiusing done at Hurst as well. These cars signaled the return of the cross-ram-design intake Race Hemi engine, which had not been released in a production body since 1965, and the weight was carefully adjusted to fit the cars into what was then NHRA’s SS/B class.
Terry Pringle drove this car for the team, and it has now been restored to its as-raced appearance at that time. This was a serious, costly effort that used the 426 Hemi race block, date-code correct Holley 4-barrel carburetors on the cross-ram intake manifold, Hooker headers, A727 TorqueFlite automatic with Hurst race-design floor shift and the correct 8.75-design differential. No expense was spared in the comprehensive restoration, with work completed by Mulder’s Rods and Customs in Brenham, Texas. Sporting period-correct Cragar wheels and fabulous custom paint, here is an example of this rare breed, refreshed and ready to show.
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