1968 Dodge Daroo-II Showcar customized from a Dart GT Sport hardtop
The Chrysler-Dodge stylist had wanted a true roadster, so Daroo II had no top, no door glass, and no backlight. It seemed that practicality had gone out the window, or it would have if there had been any windows. A car that could have made the Duke Boys’ General Lee blow a gasket, 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. To accentuate the flat, trunkless rear deck, a raised panel with twin competition-style fuel fillers on either side ran the length of the car from the rear window opening back.
DETROIT — A futuristically designed and specially equipped show car, Dodge’s sleek close coupled competition roadster, known as "Daroo II," will be showcased on the major auto and custom car show circuits this winter.
The 42-inch-high, topless-bodied two-seater, customized from a Dart GT Sport hardtop, was created from design suggestions by Ron Perau’s Imperial Kustoms, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The power plant for the low silhouette entry is a 340-cubic-inch, 275-h.p. V-8 engine with single four-barrel carburetion, and dual exhausts.
Although a show car, it is operable.
Daroo II’s unusual basic color, "Frosted Fire," is a combination of Artic orange and pearlescent gold fleck. It has high gloss and reflective qualities that command quick attention to the car’s overall sportiness.
According to Bill Brownlie, Dodge’s chief stylist, the car’s performance-oriented styling typifies the division’s increasingly youthful image.
"The Daroo II’s lines and general make-up characterize Dodge’s broadened appeal as a brand which offers instant eye appeal with the dependability that is our trademark," he said.
Source: Chrysler. By Dennis Adler; Customized Dodge Dart — The "Daroo II" — Debuts At Auto Shows