A Photo of Goldilocks
Written by Joey Newhouse
Goldilocks is our 1974 Dodge Dart Custom 4-door sedan, bought new by my father from
Metro Dodge of Washington, DC, and named by my mother. The car is still fully
functional, and is driven regularly, with approximately 120,000 miles. The engine
is the famous slant-six (here
in 225 cubic inch form), and the transmission is a three-speed manual
floor shift, which has an interesting story behind it.
A few things I like about Goldilocks that most newer cars do not have:
The car is not perfect; for instance, the only power steering it has is "Newhouse-power"
steering, and parallel-parking a car this size with manual steering is a real upper-body
workout. And disk brakes would be nice in rainy weather. But these problems stem from
decisions my parents made when ordering the car, not from any inherent design deficiency.
- Fender-mounted turn signals
- Vent windows (excellent for defogging)
- Rear windows that roll ALL the way down
- An engine bay where I can identify almost everything
After more than twenty years of faithful service to the Newhouse family, Goldilocks
continues onward in fine style. Here's to the next twenty years!
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