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Friday, April 10, 2020

Daroo, it hard to deny its attention-grabbing appeal

At this time we will still discuss the figure of the cars that have a unique appearance and look different from existing cars in general. Still from the American automotive manufacturer, this time it's Dodge's turn. Of course, you still remember other Dodge's cars named Deora I which later inspired the birth of Deora II.
1968 Dodge Daroo I (right) and Dodge Daroo II (left) show cars. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UVUm4p)
The Dodge's car which we will discuss this time has a name that is no less unique than the Dodge's car was mentioned earlier. The car was given the name of Dodge Daroo, where the name meant arrows and spears, and its pointed nose certainly emphasized the name.

Dodge Daroo I
The Daroo I show car first appeared before the public of the world's automotive enthusiasts in 1968 and was said to be one of the wildest factory show cars of the 1960s. This car is the result of a collaboration between Dodge's design manager at the time, Bill Brownlie and George Barris, Hollywood’s self-professed "King of the Kustomizers."
1968 Dodge Daroo I in the first appearance with a brilliant golden-orange color called Pearl Honey Yellow(Picture from: https://bit.ly/348wP4l)
At that time the car appeared with a radical appearance with a cut-off roof and glass, pointed nose, and pile of speed, it was difficult to find the Dart under all the swoopy bodywork. This car was built based on the 1967 Dart GT Convertible, which was then shortened 10-inches at the rear by Barris and lengthened 17-inches in front, then formed a deep V-shaped nose.
1968 Dodge Daroo I show car then change the paint with a fresh lime green color. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/348wP4l)
The car first was finished in a brilliant golden-orange color called Pearl Honey Yellow. The Daroo was such a hit that it received a mild facelift and fresh lime green paint and was sent back out for a second year-long tour. The car was then retired from show duty and fortunately, still exists today in the hands of a private collector.

Dodge Daroo II
This Daroo's second car show was present shortly after the first one was finished, which then created a bit of confusion about the identity of Daroo I. Given the original Daroo show car was in great demand for the same appearance so that a similar second car was launched simultaneously.
1968 Dodge Daroo I in its unusual appearance with a sporting red paint. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2x0RcEx)
The presence of this car show clearly shows the desire of Dodge stylists for a true roadster. And the Daroo II show car made of the same Dart GT and appeared in a sporting red paint with more boxy-shaped, with no door glass, and no backlight. It seems that was a practical way to accommodate how to get in-out of the car by jumping through the window.
1968 Dodge Daroo II show car has a flatten trunkless rear deck and featured with twin competition-style fuel fillers. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UVUm4p)
Daroo II was only 42 inches high with a chopped, frameless windshield, and featured a 15-inch-wide air foil-molded roll bar that connected via lengthy pillars to the rear deck lid spoiler. Then to accentuate the flat, trunkless rear deck, an elevated panel with twin competition-style fuel fillers on both sides ran the length of the car from the rear window opening back.

The both car's power sources were respectively used a 340-cubic-inch, 275-hp. V-8 engine with single four-barrel carburetion, and dual exhausts. They were operable like normal cars, so hard to deny its attention-grabbing appeal. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | BLOG DODGE]
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