Are A bodies more popular than B bodies?

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  1. cojohnso

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    My Mopar love (a little obvious) is too B-bodies. I really like my Duster as a drag race bracket car. It's lighter. And naturally balanced nose heavy that (I believe) favors drag racing. (That may not be so true in upper brackets. But in the 9s to 10s?) Keeping your front end down can be a struggle with other models. Dusters (like that of Novas) just naturally balances well at launch. But laterally? Not so much. (My Duster's 8 3/4" 456 gear rear with Mosier axles and "Spool") doesn't help. There are posts asking if a spool is "streetable?" It is. But be careful on corners and the gas pedal. You get cute and that inner tire let's loose? You are in the ditch faster than you can say. "I shouldn't have done that!"
     
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    Back in the 90's I had a 67 Cuda 383 4 speed with an over large after market front sway bar, it took curves VERY well. Who wuda thunk!?
     
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    What's not to like?!!!!!

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    • Princess Valiant

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      I think I answered my own question with the market. Even during crap economic times, the car sold within hours of making it available.

      Didn't even have to advertise, I had five guys in line. Probably should have asked for more money (just kidding) but I'm glad it went to a good home and i didn't get stuck with it hanging around the yard too long.
       
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      • MOPARMAGA

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        Next time call the 5 guys back & ask if they want to be involved in an auction.
         
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          A-bodies were and are the bottom of build quality for all of Chrysler back in the day. So I would be shocked if value actually rivals B-bodies. E-bodies have gone nuts. And it's because of this. And the surge of interests in 68-70 Charger that has dragged A-bodies up with them?

          The usual suspects with Chevy has plateau. If anything Chevelles may have dropped a bit. (Just due to so many) Camaros too. As GM fans start looking at other platforms. Like GTO that is still going strong? As well as other Pontiac models. I suspect Olds will pickup? They seem to always be in 3rd place in the GM world?

          It will be interesting in the post pandemic of the next couple years? A lot of home restoration car projects should reduce as so many venture out. (Possibly abandoned, thus opportunity?) But we'll have to see.
           
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          • Brooks James

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            Yeah a Dart low option was 2500
            Our Oldsmobile vista cruiser wagon was 5000
            A bodies are coming on tho My 70 Dart likewise cars is sell for around 7000
            I paid half that 10 years ago
             
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              I believe the 340/360 factory A-bodies are Tops and will surpass B-bodies some day. Except for Hemi or 440-6 cars. E-bodies just have incredible body style and will remain on top. A-bodies are next, and then B-bodies.
               
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              • MOPARMAGA

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                Don't forget the LO & BO a-bodies
                 
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                  Before you say this go drive a 440-4 GTX or R/T. Then rethink that statement.
                   
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                  • cojohnso

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                    I currently have an A,B and E body. And I can say without hesitation that B-bodies are a higher build quality. Certainly than A. As well as E. The highest are actually C body letter cars of the late 50s early 60s. Big old cross ram Wedge engines with all that body metal? And upscale interior? That would be one brutal restoration. Too bad they were so big? Which of course reduced road performance.

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                    • JG1966

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                      I'm one. I have a 72 RR and no A body. But she's got a 340 and there are more small block discussions and experts over here (and I like to read about A bodies, too)
                       
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                        71-72 b-bodies are my favorites for the charger, road runner & gtx. Tough looking sumabitches
                         
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                          Yea, my Brother-in-Law used. Yea, I have been in a 440-4 Satellite
                           
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                          In the old days B bodies were popular, the "Big Block" thing and all. A bodies were close behind but think about it a 65 Barracuda with a "273" Or a 69 Charger with a "383" which would you have? Anyway,B body prices went through the roof with rusting hulk 68 Chargers going for stupid money, the A body was a natural progression. They are drying up also that's why so many 340 Duster/Swinger clones etc. The Barracuda formula S is a nice A body . Finding one that isnt butchered and is complete is the challenge. Even my car had a 318 that wasnt original in it when I bought it in 93. Those early 70s "fuselage" B Bodys were very popular.
                           
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                          • famous bob

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                            Some truth to that, the more I work on my 68 fastback , the more I miss my old belvedere and sattelite B bodies , just for the ease of mainteinance ----------,
                             
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                              I`d take the charger in a heartbeat , just on the looks alone !!
                               
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                              Love the style of the 70 Charger and the 70 RR/GTX, would be more than happy to have either of those.
                               
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                                The supply of all projects keeps declining for sure. Now so many projects are those that were somewhat? restored 20 years ago or so, and so many people do not even realize that! Like said prices for desirable B bodies help pull up the price of A bodies.
                                I think the Covid BS has slowed down the sale of lower end cars, people that suffer are the lower income ones, and those with high pay jobs that have NOT been affected, keep buying new cars, high end old Mopar (as in E and B bodies in general) and new high $$$ homes, etc.
                                 
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                                There are also people who buy up old cars and send them overseas. They will eventually dry up. I see them in my area all the time car haulers, either single car or 5 cars on a trailer. There is a business out there you could call it "American pickers" literally. But yeah any old peice of Americana that is left is getting grabbed up.
                                 
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