The first generation Duster came standard with a slant six engine. There were several V8 engine options made available with this car. The smallest was a 318 cubic inch, while the top performance engine for the Duster was the 340 cubic inch. It made 275 horsepower, which might seem low compared to other muscle cars, but remember that this car was smaller and lighter than most of the competition, so that engine could get the Plymouth Duster down the road faster than many much more expensive cars.
When Dodge decided to make their own version of the Duster called the Demon, Chrysler agreed but also allowed Plymouth to make a version of the Dodge Dart Swinger, which Plymouth would call the Scamp.
The 1970's Plymouth Dusters were perhaps best known for their wild colors. Plum Crazy, Yellow Twist, and Lime Green were just some of the color options on these cars.
The second generation Dusters were 3 door liftback cars sold with I4 engines. They were not very sporty, and blended in well with the other econoboxes of the 1980's.
The Duster name was revived for the final time in 1992. The car would survive the 1993 and 1994 model years before finally being put to rest for the last time. I know it's the last time because the Plymouth brand no longer exists. It was now sold as a 3 door or 5 door hatchback. Sold with a V6 engine, I've got to admit that these were not bad cars. Their styling would be used by many other cars throughout the 1990's, including the VW Jetta, in my opinion. Those VW hippies are going to be all over me after that comment. I apologize, and please put on some deodorant.
The Duster was the car driven by Adam Sandler in the movie "Happy Gilmore." A Duster was also driven by Ben Afflect in the cult favorite "Dazed and Confused."
The Duster is quickly becoming a classic muscle car with collector car prices. If you are looking for a muscle car Duster, I suggest looking on eBay. You can find good parts there for cheap prices as well. If you are looking for later Duster models, I suggest checking your local used car market and also Craigslist, but don't forget to check on eBay.