It is low, loud, and downright mean. One glimpse and an unsuspecting onlooker is irresistibly drawn as if by some shift in the planet’s gravitational field. And sporting unmistakable classic pro street styling cues with science fiction-era high technology, it has enough “nasty” to entrance generations both young and old.
But like every good villain, Ron Bookman’s 1969 Dodge Dart wasn’t always this evil. And just like the heavy-breathing shiny-domed former Jedi, “Dart Vader’s” story is filled with twists and turns and triumphs and heartbreaks.
The car was modified steadily over time, eventually being relegated to strip-only duty in the ’90s.
By that point, Bookman’s ride had been treated to a Viper Blue pearl paint job and an S & W Race Cars backhalf in typical ’90s pro street style. Bookman eventually tweaked and tuned the all-steel car to a respectable 9.50 through the mufflers.
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