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Dodge Charger

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Dodge Charger

Six-pack, Hemi, Richard Petty, Hemi Under Glass, General Lee. When these terms ring a bell, you must be one of those people that get nostalgic about the name Dodge Charger. Still, the model hasn’t always been a success story…

The first generation (1966-67) was practically a pimped fastback version of the Dodge Coronet. The range of engines available was paradise on earth with our contemporary eye from the smallest 318 (5.2 L, 230 HP) to the 426 Hemi (7 L, 425 HP). But all in vain: in spite of the long list of optional features, design elements like the full width taillight, fully rotating headlights, all the racing trophies (David Pearson) and striking advertising tricks (Hemi Under Glass), sales already fell by 50% in its second year.

1966 Dodge Charger

Hemi Under Glass

 

But then Chrysler launched the rocket… In ’68 the second generation of Charger (1968-70) was released with a trendy coke-bottle design that immediately achieved success (90,000 cars sold in a single year), resulting in the birth of a new legend. The engine options remained the same (let’s admit it: there wasn’t anything topping a 426 Hemi anyway). This was the type that first featured the R/T emblem (standing for Road/Track, marking cars with a 440 Magnum or a 426 Hemi engine). We ought to mention two more important models: the Charger 500 and the Daytona. The former was a body form based on the Ford Talladega (the grille brought forward, the rear window made flush with the rest of the roof), which made this version much more streamlined than the original. Charger Daytona also made a move towards a more aerodynamic design but in an extreme manner, using a fiberglass nose and an almost 1 meter tall wing on the rear. This latter car was the one that reached a top speed of 330 km/h on the Michigan test track of Chrysler, which is all the more interesting, since it was a car that anyone could buy back then! We can already see from the names they were given that these versions were made to be race cars and they conquered the race tracks accordingly.

1968 Dodge Charger RT 426 HEMI

1969 Dodge Charger 500

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

 

The 3rdgeneration (1971-74) failed to experience the unfettered growth of its predecessor. For well-known reasons, at the beginning of the 70’s the distribution of the 426 Hemi was suspended, so as of September ’71 a 280 HP 440 became the strongest engine option. This set-back did not prevent sports success, however (Richard Petty won 25 races with this model and declared that it was the best car of his entire career). The body form is still based on the attractive coke-bottle arch with a lot of optional features available.

1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee 440 Sixpack

 

 

The fourth generation (1976-78) already represents a chapter of agony for the Charger. It’s pretty much a slightly redesigned Cordoba. Since the cube shape didn’t quite match the speed of race tracks, Chrysler was allowed to use its old body with a special license, so this type cannot even boast of racing trophies. It’s a bit unjust to forget the poor thing, looking at it now we could even say it’s pretty (especially with the optional T-top), furthermore the big block 400 is only modest if compared to the 426 Hemi Elephant. After its discontinuation in 1978 the model was not followed by a successor.

 

1976 Dodge Charger

 

The fifth generation (1981-87) should rather be consigned to oblivion…

 

The sixth (2006-10) and seventh (2011-) generation already represent a different chapter. On the one hand, we’re talking about sedans that some may consider sacrilege (they should check out the fifth generation first J), on the other hand they offer every advantage of a new era of muscle cars – just to mention the new 707 HP Hellcat as an example.

2006 Dodge Charger

 

2017 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

 

Közzétéve: 2017-12-03 | Kategória: Dream cars