As the prices of the “big” muscle cars keep going up, the less popular models start to look more attractive. Sure a ‘Cuda would be nice, but the cost of good ones make them unattainable for many. Luckily, there were cars like this 1970 Plymouth Duster built. It may not have as much power as its big brother, but with a V8 and rear wheel drive, it still offers some of the American muscle flavor we all crave. This one has been in storage for 15 years so it needs some engine work and rust repair. Find it here on eBay for $4,000 in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
The Duster was built to compete with Ford’s Maverick. In base form it came with an economical six-cylinder, but we obviously prefer the V8 equipped cars. This one is fitted with Chrysler’s 230 horsepower 318. This was a workhorse of an engine and provided plenty of power for this compact chassis. The 340 was also available and it bumped the ponies up to 275. Someone has obviously messed with this one. The seller claims that they still have all the parts that were removed though.
Plymouth’s Valiant provided the base for the Duster. A fastback body was put in place and some catchy twister stickers were printed up for the back. This car looks great on the top, but rust has eaten through the quarter panels. The seller is including some new sheet metal, but we noticed bondo down there so we can help but wonder if there is more of the nasty stuff hiding under that orange surface.
The black interior looks good with the exception of the driver’s side seat. The seller claims that the car only has 41k miles on it and that it is 100% original. We do wonder if a cosmetic restoration hasn’t happened at some point, but we could be wrong. If you are in the area and are handy with a wrench, this might be a good buy. Just be sure to inspect the body for rust and then expect it to be even worse. Even with this one’s many flaws, we hope it gets back on the road soon. Do you think the asking price is realistic considering all its needs?