1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer 2 door post, very rare original survivor, drives great!

Price: US $1,075.00 Item location: Toano, Virginia, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Plymouth
  • Model: Dart
  • SubModel: Dart
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Pioneer
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 61,359
  • Engine size: 6cyl
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 3 spd column
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1961 Plymouth Dart Dart

Up for auction is my 61 Dodge Dart series Pioneer...2 door post sedan. ( goodluck finding one in this condition for the price. keep in mind this is a 2 door post sedan not a coupe ) I have been collecting rare cars that are original, low miles, unique and are functional pieces for over 25 years. Its like pulling teeth every time I let one go but a new life direction warrants the sale of my treasures. In the spirit of saving the best for last, this is a truly rare piece of American History.
Original from its factory 3 speed column shifter to the all glass fuel filter. This unique original run, drives and shifts amazing. Starts right up and ready to cruise!
Is the car perfect? No, its not a museum piece or a trailer queen, although it could be as all the pieces are intact. Its a real American survivor daily driver.
Other than the rarity of the 2 door post sedan Pioneer, look at the original hood emblem....a factory mistake and what I feel makes this car even more unique. I can send pics of the underside to show there has been no tampering and was originally this way in addition to any other detail pics at your request. The car is available for live scheduled inspection Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.
A deposit of $1,000.00 is required within 24 hours from the winning bidder. Car may be sold locally before auction ends.
Here is some basic data on the vehicle provided:
Dodge Pioneer>1961 Dodge Pioneer
1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer
1961 Dodge Pioneer

In its second year, Dart continued with the success of the 3 economy friendly series line-up – the Phoenix, Pioneer and Seneca. The Seneca was the base level available for the 1961 Dart, the Pioneer was the intermediate and the Phoenix was the top trim level.Each offered Torsion-Aire Ride and Total Contact Brakes and unitized body and chassis construction.Offering solid chrome-steel torsion bars in front and unsymmetrical leaf springs in the rear to absorb shock.
In 1961, Dodge offers 3 different automatic transmissions, each specifically designed for a particular engine. For instance, the D-500 Ram-Induction V8 came with a TorqueFlite Automatic as standard. Also available were the 2-speed PowerFlite automatic and 3-speed TorqueFlite with torque converter; all operated by instrument panel push buttons. The standard engine was the all new Economy Slant 6 engine and came with a standard 3-speed manual.

1961 Dodge Dart Factory Specifications & Production

Model NumberBody/Style NumberBody Type & SeatingFactory Price
Shipping Weight
Total Production
Seneca Series
413/513L414 dr Sedan - 6P$2,330/$2,4493,335/3,515 lbsNote 1
411/511L212 dr Sedan - 6P$2,278/$2,3973,290/3,470 lbsNote 1
456/556L454 dr Station Wagon - 6P$2,695/$2,8153,740/3,920 lbsNote 1
Pioneer Series
423/523M414 dr Sedan - 6P$2,459/$2,4783,335/3,510 lbsNote 2
421/521M212 dr Sedan - 6P$2,410/$2,5303,290/3,460 lbsNote 2
422/522M232 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P$2,488/$2,6073,335/3,500 lbsNote 2
466/566M45A4 dr Station Wagon - 6P$2,787/$2,9063,740/3,940 lbsNote 2
467/567M45B4 dr Station Wagon - 9P$2,892/$3,0113,825/4,005 lbsNote 2
Phoenix Series
433/533H414 dr Sedan - 6P$2,595/$2,7153,350/3,535 lbsNote 3
434/534H434 dr Hardtop Sedan - 6P$2,677/$2,7963,385/3,555 lbsNote 3
432/532H232 dr Hardtop Coupe - 6P$2,618/$2,7373,325/3,520 lbsNote 3
435/535H272 dr Convertible - 6P$2,9883,580 lbsNote 3


1. A total of 66,100 were Senecas. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
2. A total of 38,600 were Pioneers. Individaul breakdowns are not available.
3. A total of 37,300 were Phoenixs. Individaul breakdowns are not available.

Side Note:

In 1961, Dodge built 20,625 two-door sedans; 97,201 four-door sedans; 22,156 two-door hardtops; 9,665 four-door hardtops; 4,361 convertibles; 20,697 six-passenger station wagons; 7,005 nine-passenger station wagons. No individual breakdowns are available for body styles.

Chassis Specifications

ModelWheelbaseOverall LengthWidthFront TrackRear TrackTires
Dart118 in209.4 in78.7 in--7.00 x 14
Dart Station Wagon122 in214.8 in78.7 in--8.00 x 14
1961 Dodge VIN Decoding
Serial Numbers were stamped on a metal plate on the left front door body hinge post.
First Symbol - Model/Engine
4 = Dart - six cylinder7 = Lancer - six cylinder
5 = Dodge - V8
Second Symbol - Series
1 = Seneca/Lancer 1706 = Pioneer station wagon
2 = Pioneer7 = Polara station wagon
3 = Phoenix/Lancer 7708 = Taxicab
4 = Polara9 = Police Special
5 = Seneca/ Lancer 170 Station Wagon0 = Fleet car
Third Symbol - Year
1 = 1961
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
2 = Dodge Main6 = Newark, DE
3 = Detroit (Jefferson)7 = St. Louis, MO
5 = Los Angeles, CA
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001