Fábio Pagotto still has his first Dodge Dart he bought 33 years ago.
Another love for the Dart born during childhood is lived by Fábio Pagotto, who also grew up inside a Dodge. “I very fondly remember the 1975 Dart my father had, because I, then 11, would fall asleep in the car on our way home. It was an amazing vehicle, much stronger and much faster than the others we had in Brazil. On trips, the Dodge left the other cars behind. For a child, looking over his father's shoulder as the speedometer increased, it was very exciting. It made me fall in love with the car”, explains the engineer, who still preserves the blue 1979 Dart he bought in 1986.
“It brings me a lot of good memories, plus the pleasure of the V8 engine's peculiar sound and the great feeling I have behind the wheel. Driving the Dart is therapeutic, because it’s not just a car that takes you from point A to point B. The driver 'wears' the Dodjão, feeling the heart beating faster and ends up falling in love”, says the author of the book Dodge - Esportividade e Potência or Dodge - Sport and Power.
In its 12 years of being manufactured in Brazil, the Dodge Dart produced 93,008 units. Of these, no less than 106 are part of the extensive collection of businessman Alexandre Badolato, saying that he considers himself lucky to be born on the same “year / model” of the classic's creation. “I was born in 1970 and, like my friends Lincoln and Fabio, I live and breathe Dart forever. I believe it’s so beloved in the country because of the huge gap between the Dart and the cars that existed in Brazil at that time. It was absurdly different, much more powerful and technological. In addition, it was the first car in the Brazilian automobile industry to be modern and comparable to vehicles sold in more developed countries”, points out the collector and creator of the Dodge Museum, located in Campinas (SP).