WAPAKONETA — Jay Clutter, of Wapakoneta, remembers purchasing this 1974 Plymouth Duster when it was brand new.
“I bought it new In August of 1974,” said Clutter. “It’s now 45 years old.”
Clutter showed his car off at the Westgate Charity Car Show last June.
The Plymouth Duster was manufactured from 1969 through 1976 by Plymouth. Most will remember the Oil Crisis of 1973 and 1974. This energy crisis led “muscle cars” sales to decline. The cost of gas was increasing, and people needed a more economical way to get around, thus the arrival of the “mini muscle” compacts.
These cars packed a punch but cost less to operate. These were the small block V8 engines that cost less to buy and operate than the 1960-style cars.
The 1974 model year was Plymouth Duster’s best sales year.
“I just loved the car,” Clutter said. “I’ve had opportunities to sell it and never wanted to. Everything is original. The only difference is I put a hood scoop on it. “
Clutter says his favorite memory is the day he got done re-doing it. He and his cousin restored the car a couple of years ago. Clutter doesn’t drive it a lot but enjoys showing it off at car shows.