It's been a while since I wrote in English for my American and Italian friends .
During the weekend I stopped at my friend Bruno 's vintage boutique . It is always a pleasure to see what he had found during the week ...
This time , there was that old box in a corner with cars' nameplates : a kid probably stole them more than 30 years ago and decided that now was the time to sell his loot to pay for a case of cheap beer .
At the bottom of the box , a plate with a yellow flower on top of the I :
I paid and left , very happy with my find .
Not only the nameplate is unique because of its flower - that piece was installed on 1970 car - but it was a Dodge Dart part !
And for you too young to remember , the Dart was the only car that had a model targeting the ... Surfing Crowd !!!!!
Who remembers the Dart Hang Ten ???
The all-white car was built for surfers : a factory installed sunroof , a fold down rear seat so you could bring your board inside , full bright orange carpet , bright color lines , stripes and surfing decals covered the front and sides . And it was written '' Hang Ten '' on it ...
Now , how many surfers bought that car ?
Who can say ?
I remember seeing a few Dart Hang Ten here , on my iceberg , and we are kind of far from the ocean . Even more , at the time no one knew what surfing was ! And the Dart was self recycling : the rust was eating it in front of your eyes ... well we need that much salt on our roads .
Not a good choice but still the Dart was a cheap version of a muscle car and why not ?
I always prefeered the Swinger model : it was more my style of life at the time ... a swinger !
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