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68 Hurst HEMI Dart L023: Is This The World’s Fastest Muscle Car?
by Jon Carmean on January 6, 2011

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There are only a few muscle cars that are legendary. To earn that status, the cars needed to have broken new ground, changing the way people from all parties looked at them. The ‘68 Hurst HEMI Dodge Dart – code L023 – is said to be the fastest muscle car of all time. Differing greatly from the base Dodge Dart produced for 1968, bare Dart bodies were shipped to the Madison Heights, Michigan, Hurst Performance facility for further outfitting.
Arriving void of an engine or transmission, the LO23 models were also missing their exhaust, shifters, and driveshafts. Also missing were a battery, cables, trays, or stock front bars or fuel lines. Inside, the Darts (and Plymouth sibling, Barracudas) came without seats, brackets and tracks. The window regulators, consoles, carpeting, jutes, and all but the drivers’ lap belts were left out too, not to mention radios and heaters. All sound-deadening, armrests, and all but one of the horns were gone too.

Slated for the venerable 426 HEMI, Hurst literally sledgehammered the right shock towers for valve cover clearance and trimmed the rear wheel openings to accommodate for big slicks. Shipped from Chrysler’s Marine and Industrial Division, the unique 426 HEMI motors had been built offline by hand-picked technicians. The HEMI blocks were iron with a 4.250-inch bore and a 3.750-inch stroke, with a mild street cam, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum heads and a cross-ram eight-barrel intake.
Laughably, the cross-ram HEMI was rated at 425hp, but were more likely closer to 535hp. Hurst equipped the elephants with Hooker headers and either a TorqueFlite automatic or A-833 four-speed manual. To hack even more weight out of the Dart, Hurst installed fiberglass fenders, hoods and acid-dipped doors and thin-gauge front bumpers. Chemcor side windows were also added, secured by seatbelt straps replacing the heavier manual cranks. A pair of fixed A-100 van seats replaced the OE buckets and industrial-grade batteries were placed in the trunk.

When handed over to Dodge’s factory-sponsored racers, such as “Dandy” Dick Landy, the Darts immediately burst into the low-10 second range. It took very little time and tuning to push the A-Bodies into the 9-second range, unearthing a whole new level of Super Stock racing. In fact, these machines have become so iconic that more Darts and Barracudas have been cloned in their likeness than had been originally produced.
Today, Mopar enthusiasts enthusiastically praise this short-lived racing program as the final salvo in the factory drag racing wars. Since 1968, all factory-built race cars have been measured to the Hurst Darts and Barracudas, and understandably so. Even Dodge’s Super Stock ‘70 Challengers were bested by racers still campaigning the ‘68 L023 cars.

As a final nod towards the audacity of these machines, Chrysler placed a sticker on the L023 cars that stated, “This vehicle was not manufactured for use on Public Streets, Roads or Highways, and does not conform to Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.” While is car was not a “street car” there where still a few that drove them on the street and took them to the track on the weekends. In 1968, this HEMI sold for $4,500; what do you think it’s worth today?
 

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depending on how many were made say its prolly up there in the price range of the super birds
 

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but i dont think a zr1 falls under muscle car thats more the mid area of sport car and super car.... but i mean if you watch barrett jackson superbird get up there quiet fast but i was just ball parkin depending those numbers like i said will take it to that 500k to 1mill status
 

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the 68 hemi darts and cudas ran 10.3s ! they made like 86 each I think! they are the fastest american production of all time!
 

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And how is it the worlds fastest muscle car? There's no supporting facts to this. Nice car, but I seriously doubt the claim. ;)
 

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I always thought the AC Cobra was the fastest....
 

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I beleive they made 70 barracuda's and 73 darts then numbers go up n down every year i thought it was a total of 143 back in the early 80's
 

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they made like 86 each I think! !
ok then yeah for one perfect restored or one thats mint and still orginal and perfectly straight is worth around a million but who knows cars arent worth what they were say 5 years ago when the muscle car era hit hard
 

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What about the mid 60s A990 Hemi b-bodies. Those were pretty stout. Had an acid dipped front end from the factory. Not sure what they ran but they have to be in the running for fastest muscle car. They also kicked ass with the max wedge.
 

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the 68 hemi darts and cudas ran 10.3s ! they made like 86 each I think! they are the fastest american production of all time!
How does high tens after race prep sound?

"Yes some of the Super Stock meets (68' thru 71') were excellent.
Super Stock Pete. I know the Bob Goudreau car, but do not remember seeing him at Dover.
All the cars I mentioned were northeast area cars. Except, Melvin Yow, who was out of
North Carolina.
First 1968 Super/Stock Hemi cars to break the Sub-11 second barrier.
1968; John Macey SS/BA Cuda 10.80's (Won a bunch of late summer 1968 S/S Eliminators)
1968; Charlie Castaldo SS/B Dart 10.70's?"

http://www.doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1596

Tom
 
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