The Dodge Dart is an automobile built by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1960 to 1976 in North America, with production extended to later years in various other markets. The name originally appeared on a show car of 1957 which wore a body by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia. The production Dart was introduced as a lower-priced, shorter wheelbase, full-size Dodge in 1960 and 1961, became a mid-size car for 1962, and finally was a compact from 1963 to 1976. The project planners proposed the name Dart, only to have executives demand an expensive research program which produced the name Zipp. This was promptly rejected in favor of Dart. Over its 13-year production run, the Dart earned a reputation as a sturdy, dependable car. 'The Dart was one of the most successful compact cars ever introduced in the American automobile marketplace,' according to R.D.
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