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Somehow the Chrysler Corporation got their wires crossed for the 1962 model year, and decided to downsize the big Dodge and Plymouth lines. During the design process, the big Chrysler and DeSoto were also scheduled to be shrunken down, but luckily for the suits at Mopar they backed off. This 1962 Dodge Dart, seen recently in Alexander, is emblematic of the problem Chrysler faced with these smaller cars: they were… ahem, smaller. Too small to be a full-sized car in 1962 when compared to the competition; and the styling was… umm, bizarre. Too bizarre to be seen in very many American driveways. Bigger, more conventionally-styled cars were rushed to market, but boy, did somebody here goof, or what? Now though, I’m going to say these things have a certain charm to them. Yeah, charm, that’s it.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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