A running joke in a recent episode of “Unforgettable” was the fact that Detective Al Burns’ first car was a Dodge Dart Swinger. Not funny.
My first car was a 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger. I loved that yellow car with the tan vinyl roof and the little flower taking the place of the dot over the letter I. Actually it was a Swinger “Special.” Back in those days, “Special” basically meant cheap. Yes, I was Mr. Cool with my wheels.
Talk about no frills. That car didn’t even have a radio. Or air conditioning. Or power anything. If you wanted to open the passenger side window (because you had no A/C), you had to lean over and crank the window down. Not easy to do tooling down the Long Island Expressway.
And with no power brakes, if you wanted to stop in a hurry, you had to press down on that pedal with all your might. And forget about parallel parking without the aid of power steering! Despite all that, or more accurately because of all those shortcomings, it cost a grand total of $2,800! It costs more than that to fix a headlight these days.
My Swinger could really fly, too. Fill that baby up with leaded gasoline, and it could go from 0 to 60 in about 8.5 ... minutes. Of course, at 29.9 cents a gallon, filling up the tank was a lot more fun than today.
Yes, that car was a real chick magnet. Unfortunately, the poles must have been facing the wrong direction. It’s opposites repel and like poles attract, right?