Fully Restored, numbers matching Dodge Dart M Code. The 440/375 HP V8 engine was built to stock specs. Correct numbers matching 727 TorqueFlite 3spd automatic transmission. 640 M Code Darts were built, and only 57 are in the registry currently known. Its likely only around 100 exist on the road today. This car has its matching numbers block and transmission which is very unusual for these cars. It is a factory vinyl top car and factory tach car. The factory exhaust manifolds are still present and extremely hard to find, their value is anywhere from $5000-$6000 a set, if you could find them. They were only produced for one year and specifically for these cars. The torque box is also unique to these big block cars which it still has. The car also retains its big block A body radiator, also very rare. The scheduled build date was March 29th, 1969. We were told. the car was originally from North Carolina. All M Codes were automatics, four-speeds were not an option for both the Darts or Cuda's. Power steering and power brakes weren't available either. The history of these M Codes started with Mr. Norms asking Chrysler to put a big block in an A body, Chrysler said it couldn’t be done, so Mr. Norms turned around and did it himself, then all of a sudden Chrysler started building them. 500 miles since restored in 2021. Comes with its original Build Sheet.
From Motor Trend, Barry Kluczyk Author Mar 22,2019. "As muscle car historical narratives go, the one for the M-code, 440-powered 1969 Dodge Dart GTS is familiar: To keep up with increasingly quick cross-town competitors in the Stock Eliminator classes, a larger, nonproduction engine was shoehorned into the engine compartment. The caveat, of course, was that the specialty model had to be built in sufficient quantities to satisfy the sanctioning bodies, with NHRA being the 800-pound gorilla wearing the tech inspection patch on his jacket.
To give credit where it's due, the 440-powered compact Dart package was originally conceived and executed in 1968 by Chicago dealer Norman Kraus (Mr. Norm) and his Grand Spaulding Dodge dealership. He was the Don Yenko of the Mopar world and had already raised eyebrows and helped lower e.t. 's in 1967 when he installed a 383 in a Dart and dubbed it the GSS, after the factory's insistence it couldn't be done. When he proved the folks in Highland Park wrong, they launched the Dart GTS with the same, impossible-to-fit RB big-block. The next year, he doubled down with the 440 in his Dart GSS, with at least 50 produced to make the cars eligible for NHRA Super Stock competition. Again, Mother Mopar followed suit and offered the factory-official, M-code, 440-powered Dart GTS in 1969. Total GTS production for 1969 was 6,285 hardtops and 417 convertibles. Only 640 of the hardtops were M-code equipped".