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There were big changes once again in the 71 model year. As you can see, the front end underwent no changes; there was a subtle change in the rear: the 1-piece taillight assembly used in 1970 was swapped for a 2-pod unit. This 2-pod unit would carry through 1972 and 1973.

The biggest change, however, came with the re-arrangement of trim lines. In a, uh, valiant effort (sorry, I couldn't resist) to capture more of the sports-car market, Chrysler started to mix and match parts from both the Plymouth and Dodge parts bins. The result: the 1970 Swinger became the 1971 Demon 340, which, to purists, was really a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end.

1971 Dodge Dart At A Glance

Demon 340
  • Performance model
  • 2-door only
  • 340 V-8
  • 3-speed manual on floor; optional 4-speed manual
  • Distinguishing marks: 340 stripe runs body of the car; dual hood scoops; Demon logos
  • Rallye suspension is standard; Rallye instrument cluster
  • Purists would call this a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end, and they would be right
Demon
  • Modest performance
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
  • No distinguishing characteristics
  • Purists would call this a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end, and they would be right
Swinger
  • Economy trim level
  • 2-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Swinger Special
  • Economy trim level
  • 2-door only
  • The Swinger Special was designed for a tight budget
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dart Custom
  • Economy trim level
  • 4-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dart Sedan
  • Most basic trim level
  • 4-door only
  • 198 slant-6, 225 slant-6 or 318
  • 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic
Dartography: How To Spot Em
The classic Dart bodies now sport a revised 2-pod taillight. Front ends are unchanged.
Safety Equipment
Safety equipment remains more or less unchanged: lap and shoulder belts; headrests; collapsible steering column. The ignition switch is now integrated into the steering column--an antitheft device.
What Changed Since Previous Year
The Swinger 340 becomes the Demon 340, which is really a Plymouth Duster with a Dart front end. There is also a Demon, available with a slant-6 or the 318, which is also a Duster with a Dart front end. The remaining Dart bodies are limited to the Swinger, the Swinger Special, The Dart Custom, and the Dart.
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The Coolest Car Detroit Ever Built: The Dodge Dart
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