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1966-1967 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger has a rich history with Mopar. Originally introduced for the 1966 year it has filled a variety of roles for Mopar prior to production being stopped in 1984. However, Charger fans are honored with the reintroduction of the car for the 2006 year. The Charger's purpose has always been luxurious performance - something the new model will hope to achieve. The Charger is likely the most recognized Mopar product of the 1960's. The 1966 Dodge Charger began life essentially as a Coronet with fancier styling and hideaway headlights. The new fastback style was impressingly sleek and was designed to challenge the Thunderbird and Mustang. This new car was coined as the "leader of the Dodge rebellion" and lead it did. With a barrage of powertrain options, including the powerful 426 hemi, Dodge sold over 50,000 units during the first two years of production.

Styling differences between the two years are small. One way to distinguish between the two years is that 1967 Dodge Charger have turn signals indicators mounted on the top of the fenders. Interior styling essentially remained the same. Charger owners could expect a luxurious interior including rear fold down seats which made carrying a load of lumber in their Charger a real possibility.

Powertrain options:

Cid Compression Horsepower Torque Years
318 9.0 230 @ 4400 340 @ 2400  
361 9.0 265 @ 4400 380 @ 2400 66-67
383 10.0 325 @ 4800 425 @ 2800  
440 10.1 375 @ 4600 480 @ 3200 67 +
426 10.25 425 @ 5000 490 @ 4000  

Transmission choices for the first two production years were limited to a 3 speed (column mounted), 4 speed (console or floor), and the 3 speed automatic TorqueFlite.

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