1972 Survivor Just Fetched $82,500 at Auction

The term “survivor” in classic cars refers to vehicles that are mostly original, haven’t been modified or in a crash, and retain their original parts except for maintenance items. While some classics labeled as survivors have undergone recent repaints, fully authentic survivors are rare and can command high prices, especially models like the Plymouth Superbirds, Dodge Charger Daytonas, Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros with HEMI® engines.

However, not all classic cars are equally desirable, and some, like the Plymouth Duster, despite selling in large numbers from 1970 to 1976, are considered less valuable due to not having big-block V8 engines like their more esteemed counterparts. Despite this, original examples of the Duster, whether restored or unrestored, are increasing in value.

In April 2024, a 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 was auctioned for $82,500, making it one of the most expensive unrestored Dusters ever sold. It’s hailed as possibly the most original A-body Mopar® vehicle in existence, boasting original paint, factory inspection marks, original mats in the interior and trunk, and all factory options intact, including a four-speed manual transmission, Sure-Grip 3.23 rear end and AM radio. Powered by a numbers-matching 340-cubic-inch V8, this Duster serves as a benchmark for its model, highlighting the rising value of Dusters in the collector car market.

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