1974 Plymouth Duster
1974 Plymouth Duster
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“The Plymouth Duster is Mopar's underappreciated mini muscle car” -Hagerty Media, October 2020
Hagerty went on to explain their view: “Mopar built some of the loudest, gaudiest, most cartoonish muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. They were perfect. You couldn't ask more from a muscle car. Consequently, muscle-car fans have driven the prices for the hottest Mopars into the stratosphere. Plymouth 'Cudas and Road Runner can demand six figures when equipped with the right powertrain and color options. Plymouth Dusters, on the other hand, are still attainable, even when equipped with desirable powertrains. Sure, they didn't pack 440 or 426 power, but they also weighed less than the B-body Road Runner and Satellite and made an excellent platform for a street or strip car.”
Offered here is a beautifully restored and respectfully upgraded 1974 Plymouth Duster in two-tone gray/silver over black. Showing 23,272 miles on its odometer, the car retains much of its factory-installed equipment, with appropriate performance upgrades, not least of all, a 383-cubic-inch, four-barrel-carbureted Magnum V8 up front.
The car's exterior custom, two-tone (darker gray over silver) paint beautifully highlights the Duster's overall design and in particular, the slope of the roof and rear deck. Twin red pinstripes are present wherever the two colors meet. The paint was unquestionably applied by true professionals; the finish is uniformly smooth and perfectly glossy across every single body panel, including the added rear wing-spoiler (in matte black). An added hood scoop in gloss black (with “383 Magnum” emblems) directs air to the engine bay. Chrome bumpers, body trim, door handles, side mirror, and front grille are all in very-good-to-excellent condition. An aftermarket pop-up sunroof has been incorporated in the roof. Cragar®-style, 5-spoke chrome wheels are mounted with Mickey Thompson SS® performance tires.
Inside, the car's original black interior is in place. High-back front bucket seats and the rear bench seat are refreshed and upholstered in vertically pleated and ventilated, black vinyl in near-perfect condition; there are no rips or tears. Door trim is also in black vinyl with woodgrain trim. The factory black padded dashboard with woodgrain trim remains in place and in good overall condition. Added instrumentation includes a steering-column-mounted AutoGage® programmable tachometer (with shift light), and four auxiliary engine-and-transmission-monitoring gauges added below the dash, a look perfectly in keeping with modifications many original owners would've made to their Dusters back in the day. Black factory carpeting covers the cabin floors (with carpet mats in front), and the automatic transmission's Hurst Pro-2® shifter is mounted on the woodgrain-trimmed center console.
Under the hood, the perfectly clean and orderly engine bay is a Mopar fan's visual delight. A chrome air cleaner cover sports “383 Four Barrel” identification, and valve covers are polished aluminum. Auxiliary components—including MSD® ignition and an aluminum radiator—are properly installed; hoses and red distributor wiring are neatly routed. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is straight and undamaged. Massive performance headers and custom, full-length dual exhaust system components are focal points.
The car's original build tag and VIN plate remain factory-mounted.
This extremely well executed, performance-upgraded '74 Plymouth Duster is faithfully presented from every angle (including from below) in the more than 160 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, we always encourage in-person, up-close inspections by interested parties—or their representatives—at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that appointments be made in advance by phone or email so that we can devote our full attention to our visitors and this very special automobile. In the same way, feel free to send questions our way via phone or email. Our showroom is not open to the public.
The Mopar fan who acquires this beautiful '74 Duster 383 is certain to spend almost as much time enjoying the street-performance aspects of the car as he or she does showing off the Duster's many details to fellow Mopar fans. Saturday-morning cars-and-coffee gatherings ought to be a total blast.