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AJ's Car of the Day: 1974 Plymouth Duster 360

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Car: Plymouth Duster 360

Year: 1974

What makes it special: The Plymouth Duster 360 was only available for 1974 and 1975, thanks to killer insurance rates and higher fuel prices, that sent muscle cars of all makes and models "the way of the Dodo Bird." (Extinct)

What makes it famous: A larger-displacement 245hp 360 V8 engine for what was now called the Plymouth Duster 360, unfortunately buyers weren't interested and a mere 3,969 were built.

Why I would want one: One of the only Plymouth division cars that has eluded my purchase, plus the low production numbers coupled with many being scrapped years ago means collectible.

Fun fact: Since gasoline prices were rising, Plymouth installed a small chrome casting on the left front fender, housing a light that glowed when the carburetor began to enrich the fuel mixture during increased power demand, signaling the driver to "back off" the accelerator. (Like a fuel economy "idiot light").

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