Third generation Dodge Charger can not boast the same number of roles in American films about racing, as a 1968 Charger. Despite this, in US there are people who believe that it the third generation Charger was the most beautiful version of this legendary model. In addition, 1971 Dodge Charger was one of the last US vehicles the 20th century, which could bear the proud name of the muscle car.
1971 Dodge Charger history and fate
The very appearance was in not the most favorable time for this type of vehicle. Oil baykot of oil-rich Arab countries, for the first time made the Americans think about usefulness of so monstrous cars. It was the 1971 was the last year for the HEMI engines, soon even 440th Six Pack was ceased to install on Charger.
During the first year of sales it was sold in 2659 cars and only 63 of them were equipped with the HEMI engine. By the standards of the automotive industry – it’s just a paltry numbers. Just remember at what pace sold Ford Mustang in 1964, but the record sales were previously, but now the oil crisis was beat Ford and Dodge and the others in powerful cars market. Dodge made the findings and it is possible, in the most successful for third generation Charger – 1973 model year to sold 103,000 cars. It was the last year for the third generation Dodge Charger.
1971 Dodge Charger design
Visually Dodge Charger 1971 is easily distinguishable from the second-generation model. The easiest way to find out what car is it – a new, massive and fully chromed grille. In the third generation there was an air intake on the. In addition to it, for the first time Charger has got a rear spoiler. It has previously offered to Coronet, but for Charger – it was the first time. Hidden headlights was able only for 1972 Rallye modification, replaced R/T.
1971 Dodge Charger dimensions
Perhaps looking at a photo of 1971 Dodge Charger will be difficult to determine the dimensions of the vehicle. The length of the body is 205 in, 115 inches wheelbase. The curb weight of the car with the 440 V8 is 4052 lbs.
1971 Dodge Charger interior
Looking at the 1971 Charger interior we could only say that this is an American classic. Lots of cars from 70s features similar design decisions. The only difference – Charger had wider instrument panel with more gauges and 3-spoke sporty steering wheel. Some modifications features “bent” gearbox handle.
1971 Dodge Charger specs
The 1971 Dodge Charger was available with a bunch of engines.
The legendary HEMI 426 engine has a volume of 7.0L and thus produces 415 horse power and torque of almost 480 ft lb. As it considers a true American muscle cars, the cylinder diameter of 4.2 in, is superior to the piston stroke of 3.7 in. This legendary V8 fed with two four-barrel carburetors.
Even more by volume, but at the same time with lower power, 440 V8 has a volume of 7.2L, develops 375 horsepower and provides incredible torque of 489 ft lb. Just think – how is it huge, with a maximum torque was available even at 3 200 rpm.
Another option was 340 V8 with a power output of 275 HP.
The smallest in volume 318 V8 has 5.2l displacement and two two-chamber carburetors.