While the car doesn't look like much in this photo, Bob Rynes' persistent pursuit of a '70
You've heard it here before: Persistence pays off when it comes to finding the car of your dreams, and as Bob Rynes of Spencerville, Indiana, found out, the dividends are sometimes unexpected. For about ten years, Bob has known about a '70 Plymouth Barracuda Gran Coupe located under a tarp outside a repair shop about 15 miles from his home. Although the owner says he'll never sell it because he bought it new upon his return from Vietnam, Bob drives by to chat and ask about the car just in case the owner has a change of heart.
It's difficult to tell when someone will be willing to sell a car, and sadly some owners keep their rare and classic Mopars so long that they deteriorate beyond salvage. But as a car owner's financial or marital situation changes, or as they acquire new hobbies, they often decide, or are forced, to sell a car that was not previously for sale. And when that happens, they don't generally call the first person who's asked about the car, but the most recent.
Partially disassembled, it was hard to tell this was one of the rarest Darts produced in 1
Knowing this, Bob stopped by the repair shop where the Gran Coupe was sitting one Friday to say hello and ask the usual question: "Are you ready to sell the 'Cuda yet?" Laughing, the owner said no, but complimented Bob on his persistence. After some small talk about the Plymouth, Mopars, and life in general, Bob asked if the 'Cuda's owner knew of any other old Mopars around. His reply was, "Yes, I have a '68 Dart GTS four-speed car at my brother's house." Bob quickly asked if he wanted to sell the car, and he replied, "No, but I'll sell it to you."
The two immediately jumped into Bob's Charger and drove to see the car. Approaching the car from the side, Bob noticed the three extra holes in the front fender for the "383 Four-Barrel" emblem. An "H" in the VIN verified that this was indeed a big-block car, though missing its engine, so Bob quickly negotiated a deal and purchased the car on-site.
Originally trying to purchase a Barracuda, Bob Rynes' persistence led him to this '68 big-
Getting the Dart home, Bob looked the car over closely and found it to be pretty solid for its age with just the normal rust in the lower quarters. Though partially disassembled, the interior is complete and most of the trim was located in the trunk of the car. As a 383/four-speed console car, this is one of the least produced Darts in 1968, making it a very desirable Mopar. This Dart GTS was originally LL1 Turquoise with a black stripe, and Bob plans a full rotisserie restoration back to that color. We congratulate Bob and think he hit a bulls-eye by finding this rare Dart.
The Dart's interior was mostly intact, and equipped with the original four-speed console f
This Dart was pretty solid, having minor rust in the rear quarters and floors, and was ori