Hot Deals On Hot Wheels, Episode 5: Street Freaks And Surfers

It’s that time again! we’re back with another “Hot Deals on Hot Wheels,” the segment where we highlight vehicles found on the internet that are interesting or worth buying. Last time we found a couple couple of cool offerings for those of you who can’t decide between a car or truck, and showed a ’71 Chevy El Camino, and a very tough ’70 Ford Ranchero GT. This week we’ve found some more great buys for you – a magnificently over-the-top ’75 Corvette Stingray, and a super-groovy ’75 Dodge Dart Sport Hang 10. Street freaks and surfers make your way to the front of the line!

1975 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray :

First, we have an ultra-fuego 1975 Chevy Corvette Stingray.

WHY ITS COOL:

We could give you the whole history of the Corvette – a chronicle of Zora-this, and Duntov-that, but you guys already know that story. If you don’t, you’re seriously messing up. Really, Google Zora Duntov, right now! Any self-respecting car-person knows the name.

Still, we can give you the clifnotes. This particular Corvette happens to be the third iteration of the famed bowtie sports car. What’s cool about it, other than the fact that it’s sporting some serious attitude courtesy of those rad flames, is what’s under the hood….or out of it.

The 1975 C3 Corvette was only offered with two engine options – both of them of the 350ci variety. This one has the engine and trans pulled. They’re probably original to the car, although, we can’t tell if it’s the higher-horsepower L82 version, boasting a tire-frying 250hp, or the standard 165hp version. Truthfully, we’re more stoked on the 4-speed gearbox. Imagine rowing gears in this flame covered rocket-ship! That’s why it’s cool.

WHY ITS A SMART BUY:

The link to the Stingray Vette pictured above can be seen, here. Although, we can’t guarantee that it will be there when you read this.

Okay, lets be real for a second – this is probably not the smartest of buys…Unless, you are dead set on owning a wild-style C3 Vette to relive your glory days, or perhaps create some new ones. You know – blast some Whitesnake through the speakers while you rip some fat burnies in the parking lot of your old high school. The car would surely pay for itself then, right?

With an asking price of $11,000, this Stingray is a little steep, although it does have some things going for it. Namely the fact that its a 1975 – those of you living in California will appreciate how it skirts the smog years. That means you can bolt whatever you want to that 4-speed – emissions be damned!

Photos borrowed from car-from-uk.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:

With the motor and trans already out, there’s tons of people who’d say it’s begging for an LS/LT-swap. A swap would be cool because of the obvious performance benefits, but in our opinion, a Corvette this old-school cool would be better served with a stroked 383 between the frame rails, and the 350 sitting on the engine stand is the perfect candidate.

If we got our hands on this bad boy, you know exactly what we’d do – street freak to the max! This Stingray is already over-the-top, so why not take it even further? Moderation is for the weak! Refresh the paint, go crazy with the interior, (shag carpet, anyone?), and throw a monster Weiand blower on that small block – the recipe is tried and true – just like the one pictured above.

1975 Dodge Dart Hang 10 Sport: 

Next, we have a totally far-out 1975 Dodge Dart Hang 10 Sport.

WHY ITS COOL:

Most of you know what a Dodge Dart is. Based on the Chrysler A-body, the Dart has spawned some of the baddest street and factory race cars the muscle car world has ever known. 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart Super Stock, we’re looking at you…Basically, the Dart was a car that came cloaked in a myriad of options, but none more groovy than the Hang 10 Sport.

Rather than focus on the “small car, big engine” formula that served the Super Stock version so well, the Hang 10 focused more on lifestyle. Although, if you had some extra change jingling in your pockets, the Hang 10 could have been ordered with a 360ci.

The one pictured above features a 318ci, which was middle of the road for the Hang 10, as the smallest option was a slant-six. Any way you slice it, if you get your hands on a Hang 10, you’re holding onto something rare. We struck out on definitive production numbers, but we know it’s a rare car since they only had one production run from 1974-1975.

Aside from the three engine options, customers could have opted for a sunroof, as pictured above, and all of these Darts came with bright orange shag carpet, and a fold-down back seat to accommodate a small surfboard – hence the “Hang 10” monicker.

Dodge’s infinitely impressive marketing chose to target the, then emerging surf scene that was all-the-rage in movies and fashion, by crafting a car for the droves of people making their way to the beach. The stripe and graphic on the side of the car feature a surfer getting tubed – if that’s not cool, we don’t know what is!

WHY ITS A SMART BUY:

Here is the link to the Dart pictured above. If there’s one thing we know, rare Mopars can fetch a premium. While the mid-seventies offerings aren’t the most popular, there is a market, and it’s growing. Buying this Dart before the price of oil-embargo muscle cars skyrockets, would be a good idea.

The seller has the car listed for $7975, which might seem like a lot for a car that isn’t currently running, but we think you’d come out on top with minimal effort. The seller claims the Dart is a rust-free Arizona survivor, and it even comes with replacement decals which we’re sure aren’t easy to get ahold of. Supposedly the 318ci turns over freely, and just needs a carb to get going.

This Hang 10 seems to be a real survivor, sporting original paint, interior, and drivetrain. In the right hands, it would be a great value, and it deserves to be rescued.

Photos borrowed from Mecum.com.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:

Restore, restore, restore….Bringing this Dart Hang 10 back to its beach-going glory is the name of the game. It would be pretty difficult to track down everything you’d need to restore a car as rare as this one, but everything is already there. If we got our hands on this Pentastar gem, we’d focus on restoration.

Some people might be intimidated taking on an interior as unique as the Hang 10’s, but it looks to be in relatively good shape – save for the mangled dash pad, flea-ridden carpet, and ripped seats. Even those things could be remedied fairly easily. The “irreplaceable” woven center-portion of the seats seem to be intact, and a capable upholstery shop could match the vinyl and carpet with ease.

Conclusion:

So what do you think of the flame covered Vette and surf chasing Dart? Are you ready to blast some hair-metal and grab your surf board? Let us know if you’ve found something interesting in your area via our facebook page or comment section below.

Until next time, we’ll keep hunting for rusty gold, and keep you all up to date on the crazy cars the internet has to offer. 

About the author

Vinny Costa

Fast cars, motorcycles, and loud music are what get Vinny’s blood pumping. Catch him behind the wheel of his ’68 Firebird. Chances are, Black Sabbath will be playing in the background.
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