Towards the end of the 1960s, with muscle cars getting out of reach financially to many buyers, the Chrysler Corporation decided to bring in a new entry-level performance machine. It was achieved by combining the 340ci (5.6-liter) small-block engine with a lightweight, two-door version of their Valiant bodyshell. The result was the 1970 Duster 340 and although regarded as a budget racer, it could easily hold its own against bigger-engined cars. Chrysler's trusted torsion bar front suspension meant it was comfortable (and cheap to produce), and leaf springs out back held the live axle in place, the latter coming with 3.23:1 gears and optional Sure Grip limited-slip differential. The standard transmission was a three-speed manual, though a four-speed was on the option list, as was the Torqueflite automatic. Externally the car had a matt black hood with '340 Wedge' graphic.
Plymouth Duster 340 Specifications
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