CHASSIS NO: LH23B8E119525
• Car Number 002; Built under Mr. Norm’s supervision
• Modern power with heritage looks
• Equipped with famous Chrysler Hemi
• Featured in Mopar Collector’s Guide magazine
528 cid V-8 engine, independent front coil and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 111”
By the late 1960s, the American muscle car movement was in full swing. One of the famous and most successful custom and drag race builders was Mr. Norm, Norman Kraus, proprietor of Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Norm has been inducted into the Mopar Hall of Fame and AF/X Funny Car Hall of Fame. One of his greatest creations was the 1968 Dodge Dart GSS, Grand Spaulding Special, featuring a big-block Chrysler engine and necessary drivetrain and suspension upgrades to utilize the power.
As an icon of the muscle car and golden age of drag racing, there was great excitement when Mr. Norm built a limited run of 1968 Dodge Dart GSS in 2007 in collaboration with Blue Moon Motorsports. Melding heritage and modern muscle, the second generation of Dart GSS had a slew of drivetrain options all of which included the legendary Chrysler Hemi V-8.
This example is the second build of the second-generation Dart GSS. Starting life as a sedate six-cylinder grocery getter, it is now an earthshaking drag racer. From its 528 Super Street Hemi to its Sony Xplod Audio system, it is well-optioned for the drag strip or the local cruise-in. With over 700 horsepower, there is little that can beat it on the straight away. It boasts many Mr. Norm exclusive components such as billet engine oil accumulator, polished engine accessory belt pulleys and stainless-steel exhaust tips. Its highly detailed engine bay includes polished accessories; the Hemi engine breathes through two four-barrel Holley carburetors mounted on the legendary Cross-Ram intake manifold. It exhausts through ceramic coated headers and mufflers, covered by a fiberglass liftoff hood with the widemouthed Super Stock hood scoop. For that extra performance, electrically activated exhaust cutouts bypass the mufflers and allow free flowing gases to escape with a thunderous sound.
It sends its mountains of torque through a Gear Vendor-equipped transmission thus allowing high speeds without the high rpms that one expects from a drag racer. You can control all this power from the comfort Mr. Norm exclusive Tuscany leather bucket seats with the comfort of air-conditioning on those warm cruising nights. Proudly displaying its highly polished finish, this Dart GSS Hemi is a true showstopper.