was the third year for the third version of the Dodge Charger.
For the Charger got new tail lights and a new grill. These would both continue unchanged for Exposed headlights had been standard since , but now hidden headlights were no longer optional.
Large, all-rubber bumper guards were added to the front and rear bumpers to meet the new bumper standard. Later in the year the bumper guards were changed to include a chrome base, which continued unchanged for
In the R/T package was replaced by a Rallye option which included a hood with a power bulge and hood pins, along with suspension and tire upgrades. The Rallye option continued for
The cubic inch engine was standard, which was now rated at SAE Net horsepower and ft-lbs of torque.
Optional engines included the with horsepower and ft-lbs of torque, the two-barrel with horsepower and ft-lbs of torque, the four-barrel with horsepower and ft-lbs of torque, and the Magnum with horsepower and ft-lbs of torque. The slant-six was also still available and rated at horsepower and ft-lbs of torque.
The SE (Special Edition) Charger was the top of the line model. SE models had a "triple opera window" for the rear quarter window.
Charger Key Differences
Chargers had vents at the base of the hood near the windshield, while ‘74s did not.
All-rubber bumper guards on the front and rear bumpers are unique to , however late ‘73s have a chrome base added to the bumper guard which is the same as the ones used in The grill and tail lights of the Charger were shared with the model.
Dodge Chargers from - had the same body. Changes to the grill, tail lights, and bumpers distinguish each year. and Chargers are almost identical.
Though production for the year model had dropped slightly from the production year, the third generation Chargers were still selling well. This is probably the reason that Dodge decided to make very few changes to the models. And the move paid off as total production went up to an all-time high as , Chargers were produced during the production year.
As noted above, the visual changes for the year were very slight, and mostly occurred on the front end of the car. Other notable features added by the Rallye option included a pinned-down hood, front and rear anti-sway bars and wider tires.
Engine selection under the hood remained almost identical to the year before, though the base model dropped a few horsepower due to tightening emissions regulations. That engine was a CID slant six now rated at horsepower (down from ) the previous year. These could be upgraded to a CID V8 rated at horsepower, a CID V8 rated at horsepower or a 2-barrel or 4-barrel version of Dodges CID motor.
At the top end were the two V8s. The Magnum was a 4-barrel version rated at horsepower, while the Six Pack was a 32-barrel version that produced horsepower. All horsepower was expressed in net ratings, a system that was forced into place by government in replacing the then common practice of using gross horsepower ratings.
Also in , Dodge had cut down the Charger lineup offerings to just the Coupe, Hardtop and SE Hardtop models. This eliminated such previous models as the famous R/T line, and the lineup was the same for the models. The Rallye package, however, could add distinctive elements to these models.
When the redesigned third-generation Chargers were introduced in , the car that they had always been based on, the Dodge Coronet, also received an update. One difference to the Coronet was that Dodge no longer offered a two-door version of it, which led the Charger to take up the slack.
That was one of the reasons the Charger started to move away from its performance image and focus on being a car aimed at the mid-sized, low-cost personal luxury category that included the Chevy Monte Carlo and the Pontiac Grand Prix. The Coupe, then, was introduced to the Charger lineup as the bottom of the line model. Still it featured an array of standard features including color-keyed carpet, front bench seat and a dome light.
The Hardtop had been the base Charger before the Coupe was offered, and by began to function as a slightly updated version of the coupe. In addition to including the same standard features as the coupe, it also added a cigarette lighter and simulated wood-grain instrument panels.
Instead of having a top performance model like the R/T had been, the SE served mostly as a luxury edition of the Charger, though any of the optional V8s could be chosen for it. It also included pleated vinyl seats, a vinyl roof and came standard with the Rallye instrument cluster.
Muscle Car Competition
As mentioned before, Charger had a very good sales year in , but so did almost every other car in that could be considered a muscle car. It seemed to be the genre’s last gasp before going under for good (at least at the time).
A number of factors had been building to cause this demise, including rising insurance costs, stricter safety measures and the aforementioned emissions regulations. The first oil crisis in would essentially force most muscle cars out of business in the next few years. Though the Charger stuck around for another few years, its best years were already behind it – at least until it was reintroduced in
Dodge Charger ()
American specialty car model by Dodge
For the full series, see Dodge Charger.
The Dodge Charger () also known as Dodge Charger (B-body) is a mid-sizeautomobile that was produced by Dodge from to , and was based on the Chrysler B platform.
During the earlys, automakers were exploring new ideas in the personal luxury and specialty car segments. Chrysler, slow to enter the specialty car market, selected their Dodge Division to enter the marketplace with a mid-size B-bodied sporty car to fit between the "pony car" Ford Mustang and "personal luxury" Ford Thunderbird. The intention was to create a fastback look while sharing as much existing company hardware as possible. utilizing lessons learned from the luxury coupe Chrysler
The Coronet-based Charger that resulted was introduced in mid-season of the model year in response to the Rambler Marlin, Ford Mustang, and Plymouth Barracuda. Style-wise it was generally a departure from the Dodge's mainstream cars. The Marlin, along with the Charger that arrived during the model year, were two cars which set a new standard for radical fastback design in American mid-size automobiles. According to Richard M. Langworth, "because it was an intermediate like the Rambler Marlin, the Charger could have been an aesthetic disaster, but long side windows prevented its sweeping roof from looking too heavy."
Burt Bouwkamp, Chief Engineer for Dodge during the s and one of the men behind the Charger, related his experience during a speech in July
Lynn Townsend was at odds with the Dodge Dealers and wanted to do something to please them. So in he asked me to come to his office - for the second time. He noted that one of the Dodge Dealer Council requests was for a Barracuda type vehicle. The overall dealer product recommendation theme was the same - we want what Plymouth has. The specific request for a Mustang type vehicle was not as controversial to Lynn. His direction to me was to give them a specialty car but he said 'for God's sake don't make it a derivative of the Barracuda': i.e. don't make it a Barracuda competitor.
So the Charger was born.
"We built a Charger 'idea' car which we displayed at auto shows in to stimulate market interest in the concept. It was the approved design but we told the press and auto show attendees that it was just an "idea" and that we would build it if they liked it. It was pre-ordained that they would like it." 
The Charger made its debut in mid Sharing its chassis and front-end sheet-metal with the mid-sized Coronet, the Charger was positioned to take on AMC’s conceptually similar Rambler Marlin. It was better looking, but somewhat more expensive, $2, to $3, ($22, in dollars ) to ($24, in dollars ).
Significantly, the Charger's interior was different from all other cars, with a full-length center console and "all bucket seating" front and rear, inspired by the Chrysler Also an innovation, the rear's pseudo-buckets could be folded down to create interior space accessible via the enormous rear hatch. The Charger wasn't intended to compete head-to-head in performancy with pony cars, but was available with Chrysler's famed Hemi V8.
On January 1, , viewers of the Rose Bowl were first introduced to the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion", the Charger. The Charger's debut also followed by a half model year the introduction of a new street version of the cuin (L) Chrysler Hemi engine. With the Charger, Dodge had a new model to build a performance image to go along with this engine.
Designed by Carl "CAM" Cameron, the Charger introduced a fastback roofline and pot-metal "electric shaver" grille, complete with fully rotating headlights, a feature not seen on a Chrysler product since the DeSoto. In the rear the fastback design ended over a full-width six-lamp taillight with chromed "CHARGER" lettering.
Inside, the standard Charger featured a simulated wood-grain steering wheel, four individual bucket seats with a full-length console from front to rear. The rear seats and rear center armrest pad also folded forward while the trunk divider dropped back, which allowed for generous cargo room. Numerous interior features were exclusive to the Charger including door panels, courtesy lights, as well as premium trim and vinyl upholstery. The instrument panel did not use regular bulbs to light the gauges, but rather electroluminescence lit the four chrome-ringed circular dash pods, needles, radio, shifter-position indicator in the console, as well as clock and air conditioning controls if equipped. The dash housed a 0 to rpm tachometer, a 0 to mph (km/h) speedometer, as well as alternator, fuel, and temperature gauges as standard equipment.
Engine selections consisted of only V8s. transmissions included a three-speed steering-column mounted manual with the base engine, a console mounted four-speed manual, or three-speed automatic. In , four engines were offered: the base-model cuin (L) 2-barrel, the cuin (L) 2-barrel, the cuin (L) 4-barrel, and the new Street Hemi. Only Chargers were built with the 
Total production in came to 37, units for the mid-model year introduction.
In , Dodge took the Charger into NASCAR in hopes that the fastback would make their car a winner on the high-banks. However the car proved difficult to handle on the faster tracks because its body generated lift. Drivers would later claim that "it was like driving on ice." To solve this problem Dodge installed a small lip spoiler on the trunk lid that improved traction at speeds above mph (km/h). This was made a dealer-installed option in late and in because of NASCAR rules, making the '66 Charger the first U.S. production vehicle to offer a spoiler. (Small quarter panel extensions were added in ) The addition of the spoiler helped David Pearson, driving the #6 Cotton Owens-prepared Dodge cars, to win the NASCAR Grand National championship in with 15 first-place finishes, though only one, the Capital City in Richmond, VA, was achieved using the Charger
The model year Charger received minor changes. Outside, new fender-mounted turn signals were introduced and this would serve as the main external identifier between a and Charger. A vinyl roof became available. Inside, the full length console was eliminated to satisfy customer complaints about the difficulty for entry and exit from the back seats. It was replaced with a regular sized console. Bucket seats were standard, but a folding armrest/seat and column shifter was an option allowing three people to sit up front.
The "Magnum" was added and the cuin (L) V8 was replaced by a cuin (L) engine. The was rated at bhp (kW) with a single 4-barrel carburetor. The two-barrel "LA" Chrysler LA engine was now the base engine with wedge-shaped combustion chambers, unlike the previous polyspherical (or "poly") design, it was rated at bhp (kW). The 4-barrel rated at bhp (kW) and the Street Hemi rated at bhp (kW) remained as options. A mere Chargers were built with the engines in , 58 cars were built with a four speed transmission and 59 cars were built with the automatic transmission. The R/T package was also introduced in
Sales of the Chargers dropped to half of the previous introductory half-year with a total of 15, units. According to automotive historian Patrick Foster, both the AMC Marlin and the very similar looking first generation Dodge Charger "flopped on the market as sporty car buyers were showing their preference for compact pony cars."
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The entire B-body lineup for the model year was redesigned and the Charger was further differentiated from the Dodge Coronet models. Less upscale than the first generation, the new model featured coke bottle styling by Richard Sias, with curves around the front fenders and rear quarter panels. Front and rear end sheet metal was designed by Harvey J. Winn. The rear end featured a "kick up" spoiler appearance, inspired by Group 7 racing vehicles. The fastback roof was gone, in favor of a "flying buttress" similar to that of the Pontiac GTO. The Charger retained its full-width hidden headlight grille, but a vacuum operated cover replaced the electric motor rotating headlights. The previous full-width taillights were replaced with dual circular units at the direction of Styling Vice President, Elwood P. Engel. Dual scallops were added to the doors and hood.
Inside, numerous "downscalings" were evident. A conventional fixed rear bench seat replaced the folding bucket seat design. The conventional trunk area included a vinyl mat, rather than the previous model's carpeted cargo area. The center console in the front remained, but there was no center armrest. The tachometer was now optional instead of standard and the electroluminescent gauges disappeared in favor of a conventional design.
Even the model's engine options ended up reduced midyear, when the standard cuin (L) 2-bbl V8, was replaced with Chrysler's basic cuin (L) slant-six. The and remained unchanged.
A new high-performance package was added, the R/T ("Road/Track", not to be confused with the then highly influential automobile magazine Road & Track). The R/T came standard with the previous year's "Magnum", with the Hemi optional. With either, the Charger had evolved into possibly the top Chrysler-made muscle car.
In , Chrysler Corporation began an ad campaign featuring a cartoon bee with an engine on its back promoting models called the "Scat Pack". The Coronet R/T, Super Bee, Dart GTS, and Charger R/T received bumble-bee stripes (of two thin stripes framing two thick ones). The stripes were standard on the R/Ts and came in red, white, or black, but could be deleted at no extra cost.
The film Bullitt helped popularize the Charger R/T for its notable car chase sequence alongside the titular character's Ford Mustang GT through the streets of San Francisco, which has been regarded as one of the most influential car chase scenes in movie history. In the film, a black Charger R/T is chased by Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang GT, jumping on the San Francisco slopes. The model year Charger sales increased to 96,, including over 17, Charger R/Ts.
The model year brought few modifications. Exterior changes included a new grille with a center divider and new longitudinal taillights, both designed by Harvey J. Winn. A new trim line called the Special Edition (SE) was added. This could be available by itself or together with the R/T, thus making an R/T-SE. The SE added leather inserts to the front seats only, chrome rocker moldings, a wood grain steering wheel, and wood grain inserts on the instrument panel. A sunroof was added to the option list, but was ordered on only Chargers. The bumble bee stripes returned as well, but were changed slightly. Instead of four stripes, it now consisted of a wide stripe framed by two smaller stripes. In the middle of the stripe, an R/T cutout was placed. If the stripe was deleted, a metal R/T emblem was placed where the R/T cutout was. Total production was around 89, units.
There were two different engines available for the model year: 2-barrel and 4-barrel. The 2-barrel was rated at hp. The four barrel engine was rated at hp and was identified on the air cleaner as " / FOUR BARREL". The hp engine was unique to the Charger model in While this engine was available with an un-silenced air cleaner option, it differed internally from the hp "Magnum". Differences between the hp 4-barrel and hp magnum were mostly internal. Both versions used the Carter AVS carb and the larger exhaust manifolds from the Magnum engines, but the Magnum had a windage tray in the oil pan, a different camshaft profile, and different valve springs. In the B-series engines were all painted Chrysler Engine Turquoise with the exception of the 4-barrel four speed and Magnum engines which were painted Chrysler "High-Performance Orange". As usual, the Hemi was painted "Street Hemi Orange". The Magnum motor was used in Road Runners and Super Bees, but did not appear in a Charger body until
The television series The Dukes of Hazzard (–) featured an orange Charger that was named The General Lee. "The General" sported the Confederate battle flag painted on the roof and the words "GENERAL LEE" over each door. The windows were always open, as the doors were supposedly welded shut for racing, and the actors would do a window slide to get in and out. The number "01" is painted on both doors. Also, when the horn button was pressed, it played the first 12 notes from the de factoConfederate States anthem "Dixie". The car performed spectacular jumps in almost every episode, and the show's popularity produced consumer interest in the car.
In , the NASCAR inspired Charger R/T failed to beat the Ford cars (the Ford Torino Talladega and the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II) on the high-banks oval-tracks. Wind tunnel tests showed the tunneled rear window caused lift and the gaping mouth induced drag. As a result, Dodge made the rear window flush with the rest of the roof and put a Coronet grille in the front.
The original Charger prototype was a Charger R/T with a Hemi and automatic transmission. The prototype was painted in B5 Blue with a white stripe, as well as a white interior. The Charger was one of three models introduced in September Standard engine was the Magnum, but factory literature claims the Hemi was standard. The Charger had the Torqueflite standard and the same equipment standard as the R/T.
A total of Charger s were made, of which only 67 had the Hemi engine; 27 with a 4-speed and 40 with an automatic transmission.
Main article: Dodge Charger Daytona
Dodge was not satisfied with the results of the Charger The car was not enough to beat the other aerocars on the NASCAR circuit. After months of research and development, including at the aftermarket shop, Creative Industries, the Charger Daytona was introduced on April 13, It quickly received over 1, orders.
Chrysler made many attempts at improving the aerodynamics of the by adding noses rumored to be up to 23in (mm) long. The Charger Daytona finally received an 18in (mm) nose. The full size Charger Daytona was tested with an 18in (mm) nose at the Lockheed-Martin Georgia facility. The test was a success and the project was greenlighted. The nose piece was only part of the innovation. The Charger Daytona also received a 23in (mm) tall wing in rear. This wing was bolted through the rear quarter panels and into the rear subframe. Although proven to be less effective than shorter wing designs, the engineer responsible for the development of the wing, John Pointer, chose the tall design so the wing would be in "clean air" to help increase the car's overall speed. That the tall wing prevents interference with operation of the trunk lid can be considered a fortunate coincidence. The tall wing also helped out in another unintended way, by giving the car directional stability due to its deeply splinted sides.
The Charger Daytona engineering model was tested on the Chelsea, Michigan Chrysler Proving Grounds on July 20, Driven by Charlie Glotzbach and Buddy Baker, it was clocked at mph (km/h) with a small 4-bbl. carb. The Charger Daytona's nose made 1, pounds of downforce and the wing made pounds of downforce. The Dodge styling department wanted to make changes to the Charger Daytona as soon as they saw it, but was told by Bob McCurry to back off; he wanted function over finesse.
The Charger Daytona introduced to the public had a fiberglass nose without real headlamps and a wing without streamlined fairings. The media and public loved the car, but were mystified by the reverse scoops on the front fenders. The PR representatives claimed it was for tire clearance. Actually, they reduced drag 3%.
The Charger Daytona came standard with the Magnum Engine with hp (kW) and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) of torque, A Torqueflite Automatic Transmission, and a Case 8 3/4 Chrysler Differential. Optional was the Hemi with hp (kW) and lb⋅ft (N⋅m). The Hemi was also available with the no cost option of the A 4-Speed Manual. Only Charger Daytona's were produced as U.S. cars. (An additional 40 were for Canada), Of the U.S. cars produced, were Magnum, 4-Speed and Torqueflite; 70 were Hemi power, 22 4-Speed and 48 Torqueflite.
In the end, the Daytona was brought down by the decision to make the Plymouth Superbird the only Chrysler winged car for the model year. While Daytonas were raced through the season, only one Daytona was raced until (in the Daytona ) when NASCAR decreed that engine displacement of wing cars would be limited to cuin (L). That particular car, driven by Dick Brooks, finished in seventh place. The very first Charger Daytona was a hand build by the Chrysler engineers and was on display at the World fair in New York. After the fair ended the car went via a Dodge dealer lottery to a Dodge dealer in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This is documented by Chrysler.
The Charger was changed slightly for the model year. This was the last year of the 2nd generation Charger and featured a large wraparound chrome bumper and the grille was no longer divided in the middle. New electric headlight doors replaced the old vacuum style. The taillights were similar to those used in 69, but and R/T models came with a new more attractive taillight panel. On the R/T, new rear-facing scoops with the R/T logo were mounted on the front doors, over the door scallops. A new or HEMI hood cutout made the option list for this year only.
Dodge painted the hood scallop inserts black and put the silver engine callouts on top. New "High Impact" colors were given names, such as "Top Banana", and "Panther Pink".
Interior changes included new high-back bucket seats, the door panels were also revised and the map pockets were now optional instead of standard. The ignition was moved from the dash to the steering column (as with all Chrysler products this year), and the glove box was now hinged at the bottom instead of the top as in – The SE "Special Edition" trim option added luxury features and was available in as the SE and R/T SE models. The all new pistol grip shifter was introduced, along with a bench front seat, a first for the Charger since its debut.
A new engine option made the Charger's list for the first time, the Six Pack. With three two-barrel carburetors and a rating of hp (kW), it was one of the most exotic setups since the cross-ram Max Wedge engines of the early s. The Six Pack was previously used on the mid-year Dodge Super Bee and Plymouth Road Runner. Despite this new engine, production slipped again to 46, mainly due to the new E-bodyDodge Challenger pony car, as well as rapidly increasing automobile insurance rates. In the NASCAR season, the Charger had ten wins, more than any other car, including the Charger Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds, thus giving Bobby Isaac the Grand National Championship. Buddy Baker, driving the blue #88 Engineering Daytona, was the first and only legal car to run over mph in That record lasted for over 13 years.
The third generation Charger made its debut for the model year, with all new "fuselage" sheetmetal and a new split grille. The interiors were like those of the E-body and were now shared by the Plymouth B-body, the Plymouth Satellite Sebring and Road Runner. The hidden headlights were now optional. A rear spoiler and a "Ramcharger" hood were new options. This hood featured a pop-up scoop mounted above the air cleaner controlled by a vacuum switch under the dash. On Plymouth Road Runners it was called the "Air Grabber" hood, and it was previously used on the Coronet R/T and Super Bee.
Dodge also merged its Coronet and Charger lines. From , all four-door B-bodies were badged as Coronets and all two-door B-bodies as Chargers. Thus for one year only, the Super Bee became part of the Charger lineup, after which it was discontinued. From to , Charger models used the Coronet's VIN prefix of "W".
Several other models were carried over from , including the , R/T, and SE. Sales of the R/T declined due in part to higher insurance costs and gasoline prices. A total of 63 Hemi RTs were built that year, marking its last appearance in any production car, and 2, with other engines. The model year was also the last for the Six-Pack engine, which could still be mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with an optional Hurst shifter, as well as the automatic. In the Super Bee's final year, the became a $44 option over the standard, low-compression .
The "Hi-Impact" colors were discontinued after the model year; with a only "Citron Yella".
The Charger introduced a new "Rallye" option to replace the R/T version. The SE was differentiated from other Chargers by a unique formal roof treatment and hidden headlights. The engine was replaced with a lower compression 4-barrel , while the engine was rated at a more realistic hp (kW; PS) net instead of the previous hp (kW; PS) gross. Also beginning in , all engines featured hardened valve seats to permit the use of regular leaded or unleaded gasoline rather than leaded premium fuel as in past years due to tighter emissions regulations. Though the +6 (designating a triple 2-barrel carb setup and bhp (kW; PS) was listed in the early sales literature, it was found in the August testing that this engine would not meet the new and more stringent emissions laws, although some early Dodge literature (August press) stated that this engine was available for , and a few (six is the accepted number) factory installed six-pack Chargers were built, the engine was dropped out of production by September The optional Pistol-Grip 4-speed Hurstmanual shifter could be coupled to the , , and Magnum engines. The Ramcharger hood scoop was discontinued, as well as optional lower geared performance rear axle ratios and extra heavy duty suspensions. It was also the final year for the Dana 60 differential, and was available only in combination with the /4 speed, heavy duty suspension, and the rear axle ratio.
The only remaining "Hi-Impact" color choices were "Hemi Orange" (EV2) and "Top Banana" (FY1), the latter was available under different names through
For the model year, Chargers received new sheet metal (though at first glance only the rear roof "C-Pillars" looked different) and were in fact longer, wider, and slightly taller than the cars. Also new were vertically slatted taillights and new grilles. Hidden headlights were dropped, even as an option. The was still standard, with the (available only on the Rallye), (2-barrel only), (low power 2-barrel/single exhaust and high performance 4-barrel/dual exhaust) and remaining as options. The SE models had a new roof treatment that had a "triple opera window" surrounded by a canopy-style vinyl roof. All other models had a new quarter window treatment, discontinuing its AMC Gremlin-style window in favor of a more conventional design. Total sales this year were around , units, the highest ever for the Charger generation, though more than 60 percent of the cars had the non-high performance engines. The Chargers, and all Chrysler products, were equipped with 5mph bumpers, front and rear.
The model year saw only minor changes that included new color choices, a softer grain pattern on interior surfaces, and a slight increase in the size of the rubber bumper tips. The option was replaced with a 4-bbl as the small-block performance engine. All other engine options remained the same, including the 2-bbl designated by a K in the fifth symbol in the vehicle identification number. Several performance rear-end ratios, including a "Sure Grip" rear end were still available. A four-speed transmission was still an option except with the engine.
In spite of the Charger no longer being perceived as a performance model, sales rose as it veered towards being a personal luxury car. The muscle-car era came to a close, with as the final year for performance options.
The Charger based cars were campaigned in NASCAR, with Buddy Baker, Bobby Isaac, Dave Marcis, and Richard Petty scoring several wins. Richard Petty won 35 races with this body style between and as NASCAR allowed the Chargers to run a few years longer than normal, as Chrysler did not have anything else to replace it. A bodied Charger driven by Neil Bonnett scored Dodge's last NASCAR victory (until ) at the December Los Angeles Times Richard Petty has proclaimed this body style as his favorite car that he ran during his career because it was balanced.
The model year Charger picked up on the sales increase seen in 's move towards positioning it as a personal luxury car. Both the Charger and the new Chrysler Cordoba sibling share the same body based on the B platform. The Cordoba had replaced the Plymouth Satellite Sebring. The Charger SE (Special Edition) was the only model offered. It came with a wide variety engines from the cuin (L) "LA" series small block V8 to three versions of cuin (L) big block V8. The standard engine was the cuin (L) 2-bbl small block, along with the code E58 4-bbl and dual exhaust high performance version (hp) being available as an option. Sales in amounted to 30, Because of the extreme squareness of the bodystyle, NASCAR teams were forced to rely on the previous years () sheet metal for race-spec cars. In order for Dodge to be represented, NASCAR allowed the sheet metal to be used until January , when the new Dodge Magnum was ready for race use. In a Charger was one of two NASCAR stock cars to compete in the 24hrs at LeMans, having been modified with head-lamps, tail-lamps and windshield wipers. It was driven by Herschel and Doug McGriff and sponsored by Olympia Beer, earning the nickname "Oly Express"
The model year Charger range was expanded to four models; base, Charger Sport (formerly the Dodge Coronet 2-door model, which appeared for just the previous model year only), Charger SE and the Charger Daytona. The base and Sport models used a different body than the SE and Daytona, and were essentially a re-badging of what had been the Dodge Coronet 2-door models — and available with a cuin (L) Slant Six, which was not offered on the SE and Daytona. The Charger Daytona was introduced as an appearance package with either the or engine. Sales increased slightly to 65, units in
In , the Charger Sport (which dated back to the former Coronet 2-door, which had appeared for just the model year only) and the base Charger were dropped as this body style became part of the newly named B-body Monaco line, and only the Charger SE and Charger Daytona were offered. Estimated production was 30, units.
In , its final year as a B-Body, only 2, Chargers were produced. The Magnum replaced the Charger as Dodge's B-body personal luxury car this year, and the small number of Chargers produced were likely an effort to use up leftover bodies and parts.
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Here’s The Evolution Of The Dodge Charger In Pictures
Dodge is a massive name in the American motoring industry, and have given birth to some iconic vehicles. The company started out as a bicycle venture between two brothers, Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge. During their initial years, they were known as Dodge Brothers Company. They would supply assembly parts for the Detroit-based companies. They changed their moniker to the "Dodge Brothers" and released their first car in
Among one of their most iconic vehicles is the Dodge Charger. It began production in , and there are three main iterations of the car. These are the B-body two-door (), L-Body subcompact (), and (LX) full-size platform four-door sedans that are in production since The models have seen significant evolution throughout their six generations. If you're a fan of the Dodge Charger, you need to keep on reading. Here's the evolution of the brilliant Dodge Charger in pictures.
15 Dodge Charger Street-Hemi (First Generation)
Dodge saw the release of the first Charger in It was available in several trims, but the most coveted was the Street-Hemi. It featured a horsepower V8 Hemi engines and was capable of an impressive top speed of a mph. The fastback body design made the car immediately accessible right from the get-go.
14 Dodge Charger (First Generation)
The next year of the Dodge was much the same mechanically; however, it did feature a few cosmetic changes. It got new headlights and an improved front grille to complement the new look. Additionally, they also gave attention to the rear end of the car, introducing new taillights that elevate the vehicle's entire look.
13 Dodge Charger R/T (Second Generation)
marks the release of the second generation of the Charger, as a standard option, you'd get the magnum V8 engine. However, much rarer was the HEMI V8 powered Charger R/Ts. Further inclusions in the R/T performance package were the signature bumblebee racing lines. The Dodge Charger R/T is capable of a top speed of mph!
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12 Charger Daytona V8 Hemi (Second Generation)
The Dodge Charger gave birth to the Charger Daytona a year later. It features an elongated front nose, which helps make the car more aerodynamic. It manages to produce horsepower thanks to the V8 Hemi engine. The car was incredibly powerful and fast. It holds the honor of being the first NASCAR vehicle to cross the mph barrier.
11 Charger R/T (Third Generation)
The 70s saw the introduction of the third generation of the Charger R/T. Underneath the hood of these, you would find a Magnum or a much rarer HEMI V8 engine. Both engines were capable of producing horsepower and reaching a top speed of mph. The R/T racing package now featured an imposing blacked outlook with a lowered hood.
10 Dodge Charger R/T (Third Generation)
Dodge continued the R/T formula for the model of the Charger. However, it did feature a few new additions. Insurance premiums for performance vehicles went through the roof, so Dodge had to include several safety features to appease the high prices. The front bumper, in particular, features a 5-inch rubber guard!
9 Dodge Charger SE (Fourth Generation)
In Dodge took the Charger into a completely different direction. No longer was it the muscle car icon of before, but it was now a luxury car. It featured the 4—V8 that's capable of producing a paltry horsepower. The car was built on the same platform as the Cordoba.
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8 Dodge Charger SE (Fourth Generation)
In , the Charger SE was also available in V8 TorqueFlite engine that would produce horsepower. mph in these hunkering Chargers would take an ugly seconds. The muscle car pedigree of the car was well and truly gone by now.
7 Charger (Fifth Generation)
The fifth generation of the Charger technically made its appearance in the middle of Once again, it was redesigned entirely and was now a hatchback. It featured a liter four-cylinder engine that would produce just horsepower. These chargers were also front-wheel drive, which was a first and something Charger fans weren't happy about.
6 Shelby Charger (Fifth Generation)
To spruce up the fifth generation of the Charger, Dodge released the Shelby Charger in It features a new camshaft and exhaust system that increases the horsepower to horsepower. The Shelby Charger would go on to achieve a top speed of mph. It also featured vented front disc brakes and was rather fun in the corners.
5 Charger SRT-8 (Sixth Generation)
Dodge took everyone by surprise when they brought out the Charger concept on the Detroit motor show. In it saw the release, and the SRT-8 version caught attention particularly. Featuring a liter HEMI V8 engine, this beast could race from mph in seconds. To handle all that power, the SRT-8 came with Brembo brakes.
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4 Charger R/T (Seventh Generation)
The Charger R/T was well and truly back in with the 7th generation. Its exterior was much the same as the 6th generation of the car. Underneath the hood was a horsepower V8 that's capable of jetting from mph in seconds. Dodge also listened to the customers, and the 7th generation vehicles offer improved visibility.
3 Charger SRT8 (Seventh Generation)
The SRT8 made a comeback in , and it features a L HEMI V8 that produces horsepower and is capable of racing from mph in seconds. It'll go on to reach a top speed of mph, and will handle all corners thanks to the two-mode active suspension. To manage all that speed, it had Brembo brake calipers
2 Charger R/T (Seventh Generation)
In the seventh generation of the vehicle came out with a facelift and fancy new 8-speed automatic transmission. Underneath the hood is a liter HEMI V8 capable of producing horsepower and can reach a top speed of mph. By this time, the muscle car pedigree of the Charger is well and truly back.
1 Charger SRT Hellcat (Seventh Generation)
The modern Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat sits on top of the sedan industry. It's the fastest production sedan and the most powerful. Powering this monster of a car is a liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine that produces horsepower. It will allow the vehicle to jet from mph in seconds. It's capable of reaching a top speed of mph.
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Image credits: © Dodge. All two-door intermediate models were considered Chargers. For , Dodge offered the Charger as a coupe, a hardtop coupe, or as an SE hardtop coupe version. The Rallye option added Rallye instrument clusters, body tape stripes, hood pins and special exterior upgrades. Under the hood of the Rallye was a cubic-inch Magnum V8 offering net horsepower. The base engine was the Slant Six which produced net horsepower. Pricing ranged from $2, - $
Changes were minor for ; the front grille was updated slightly and there was a new roofline visible around the quarter windows. In the back were new taillights, featuring 22 individual lenses.
Dodge produced over , Dodge Chargers for The SE was the most popular of the bodystyles.
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The Dodge Charger was produced from through , through , and again beginning in Since its inception, the impressive performance and stylish bodies made the Charger an instant success. During its introductory year, 37, examples were produced. The Dodge Charger was based on the Dodge Coronet platform, but with a fastback roofline. The headlights were retractable which resulted
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This Dodge Charger SE made its way to Syracuse from Los Angeles, California by way of Bloomington, Indiana. It began its life in the Saint Louis Assembly plant - Chrysler's automobile factory in Fenton, Missouri[continue reading]
Chassis #: WP29P3GXP29P3G
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