Here is the chart of all most popular old Dodge muscle cars from 60s to 70s. Including highly popular Dodge Charger and Challenger.
We reviewed 5 most impressive muscle cars made by Chrysler under Dodge brand – Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Coronet (including its Super Bee modification) and Dodge Dart.
Dodge Challenger – is a cult car, manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation Department of the Dodge. It was created to compete with cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird. Challenger, was described in the book “American cars of the 1960s” as the Dodge response to Mustang and Camaro. It was the pony car with bodywork Chrysler E, inferior in size Plymouth Barracuda.
In 1967, “Challenger” gets big wheelbase and a luxurious interior that is associated with the launch of another competitor in the same class – Mercury Cougar, aimed at young and temperamental American buyers. The wheelbase was 2794 mm, which is more than “Barracuda” to 5.08 mm, as different from Plymouth Dodge outer sheet metal.
The design was busy Charles Cameron (Carl Cameron), not without which in 1966 released a Dodge Charger. Although the Challenger was well-pleasing to the public (as evidenced by relatively good sales -. 76 935 units for 1970), he was criticized by the press, and sales are plummeting down.
Four 2-door hardtops (sport sedan) were offered a choice of buyers: Challenger Six, Challenger V8, Challenger T / A (1970 only), and the Challenger R / T. The standard engine was I6 255 minutes (3.7 L) V8 and 318 minutes (5.2 liters) with 230 l / s (171.5 kW). Additional steel is 340 minutes (5.6 L) and 383 minutes (6.3 L), all V8, a standard three-stage “mechanics”, except for the 383rd to 290 l / s (216 kW) that is completed only the automatic transmission from Torqueflite.
In 1972, these engines are no longer productive done. Maximum power has been reduced to 240 horsepower (180 kW), which corresponded to the new billing system. this year’s model gets an updated grille, front bumper and complementary new taillights.
In 1974, the 340-th block (5.6 l) is replaced by the 360th (5.9 liters), but due to falling demand for pony car, from the middle of 1974 Dodge Challenger production was discontinued. It sold about 165,500 copies of the first generation Challenger.
Despite the fact that the beginning of the sales were in the middle of the 1966 Dodge Charger debut it was very successful. In 1967, there have been some changes to the exterior, as well as vinyl roof became available. The cabin was gone the full length console (due to customer complaints on the embarkation and disembarkation of an inconvenience to the rear seats). Separate bucket seats are standard, and a folding armrest is an option that allows to sit in front of the three.
In 1967 he was offered a choice of five engines: it is already familiar 318th (5.2 liters), 383rd (6.3 liters) with a two-chamber and four-chamber carburetor feed system, 426 minutes from the Hemi and a brand new 440 th power Magnum 375 l / s (276 kW).
Despite the success in NASCAR in 1966, sales in 1967 were reduced by half. In 1967, it sold only 15788 Dodge Charger – Dodge faced with competition from the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
Charger retained its original grille with hidden headlights, but fully rotating electric headlights were replaced with simple turning on the vacuum actuator as «Camaro RS». The interior has remained almost unchanged, instead of a tachometer become standard equipment option, the coating in the trunk replaced with vinyl mat.
In 1968, Chrysler Corporation launched a new advertising campaign with the image of a bee with an engine on the back. These cars were called «Scat Pack». Coronet R / T, Dodge Super Bee, Dart GTS and Charger R / T received the “bumblebee stripes” (two thin strips framed by two thick lines).
In 1970, the Dodge Charger again underwent minor changes. Was Implemented big chrome bumper, radiator grille again divided in the middle. The rear lights were old, but the modification of 500 Dodge Charger and Dodge Charger R / T received a new, more attractive tail lights. Interior changes include new high seat backs, door panels have also been revised.
In 1971, the new Dodge Charger debuted the third generation. He was subjected to a complete restyling – a new split grille and more rounded body shape. Adaptive headlights are an optional extra, appeared in the list of options rear spoiler and hood «Ramcharger» – a special air intake directly over the air filter. This device has already been used on «Plymouth Roadrunner», «Dodge Coronet R / T» and «Dodge Super Bee», but it was first used on the Dodge Charger.
In 1973, Dodge Charger received new taillights and grille. Rotary hiding lights are no longer installed, even as an option. The standard engine continued to be the «Chrysler LA 318 V8», in the version Rallye – «Chrysler LA 340 V8», as an option there were only «Chrysler 400 V8» and «Chrysler 440 V8»
Dodge Coronet Dodge is a full-size car production and traces its history since 1949 of the XX century. Since 1960, after the change of the platform will be the midsize car.
After a short absence, Coronet re-conquering the market, is now the most popular on the “B”-platform. For 1965 it sold 209,000 vehicles, making it the most popular Dodge Coronet model. Options originally consisted of the Deluxe versions Coronet Coronet 440 and 500. Later added racing Coronet A990 with 426-th block of the Hemi, which has been deprived of all facilities, except for bucket seats.
In 1966 Coronet waiting redesign and full reystalling receives the following 1967 year. In 1966, the Deluxe Coronet included as a basic modification and model Coronet 440.
In 1967 he was presented Coronet R / T in the back of a two-door hardtop and convertible. In the same year, GM announces that the 426 Hemi engine can be available only for muscle cars such as the Dodge Charger, Coronet R / T and Plymouth Belvedere GTX. For the rest of the versions that are not related to the muscle car, put the 383rd unit.
Dodge Coronet Super Bee
After some modifications, in 1968 he published the Coronet Super Bee, which, according to the authors had to compete with the Plymouth Road Runner. Like last year, the engines 440 th and 426 th Hemi, were available for the Coronet R / T and the newly created Super Bee, but as we know from the factory out, and other models with these blocks. Dodge Super Bee was extremely limited edition muscle car and was produced until 1970. He was a powerful and inexpensive, and sold for $ 3027, similar to the Plymouth Road Runner. It is distinguished by enhanced suspension, four-speed transmission Mopar A-833 and wrapped around the back of the inscription “Super Bee”, which comes from the “B” Chrysler’s midsize-platform cars. Total 125 Super Bee was created.
Since mid-1969 addition came in the form of an index Super Bee A12, which came with a 440-m (7.2 liter) engine and three carburettors Holley, providing 390 l / s (291 kW). The hood was made of fiberglass with a massive scoop, the suspension has been enhanced, 15 inch wheels made of forged aluminum, and each side of the body decorated with stickers “Six Pack” in red letters.
Dodge Dart – built car Dodge division of Chrysler Corporation during the period from 1960-1976 year. Dart was positioned in the automotive market as a cheap and small, but it is considered a full-size car in the years 1960-61, in 1962, midsize and compact, until 1976.
Introduced in 1967, “Darth” has a new, more modern body by designer Angela Elwood (Elwood Engle), improved steering and redesigned engine compartment, adapted to install larger engines. How soon took advantage of the manufacturer. Universal has been abolished, the car was now only available as a two or four-door sedan, hardtop or convertible dvudverny, equipment “170” was now referred to simply by Dart, a complete “270” and “the GT” remains unchanged. As such, the car will be available until the end of production (in the US / Canada / Mexico – until 1976 in South America – up to 1983), with minor facelift, which consists in a processing front end and tail, and changes in the interior. Side windows – a first for the compact “Chrysler” – have become prominent. The machine had a unique rear glass shape – concave, but the decision did not pay off – in the deepening snow to accumulate, glass blikovat and thick rear roof pillars hinder the overview view.
Dart fifth generation appears in a new, more compact body. The revised design of the trunk reduces by almost half compared with 1969 year. In the back of the wedge are arranged rectangular lights with the same “angular” bumpers. 14-inch wheels became standard equipment, and the 170th (2.8 liter) engine is replaced by a large 198-m (3.2 liters). These changes have improved acceleration and handling, as well as the economy. According to the new law on safety, reflectors were mounted on all four corners.
Swinger name was applied to all Dart – a two-door hardtop, with the exception of a series of High-Line Custom. To avoid competition with the new Challenger, Dart began to be equipped with a 340-m (5.6 L) unit with a capacity of 275 l / s (205 kW) engine as the top line. The most effective model was a two-door hardtop Swinger 340, distinguished bucket cut on the hood like the Super Bee.