The Iconic Dodge Charger
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of when the Dodge Charger hit the streets, and at Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are fascinated with the history of this iconic American muscle car. Dodge made every model year special, but a few landmark models stood out over the years. The Dodge Charger was first introduced in 1966. It was the brand’s first purpose-built muscle car, with an optional 426 HEMI® V8 engine that delivered 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. While the 1966 model set the standard, the 1968 model really cemented the Dodge Charger in muscle car history. The 1968 Dodge Charger was the first to feature eye-catching Coke Bottle styling, with a curvier front fender and a rear quarter panel. The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T came to be recognized for its bumblebee stripes and was featured in many Hollywood movies.
The 1970 Dodge Charger continued to build on the success of the earlier models and introduced new distinct design elements. The grille was completely encircled with wraparound chrome, and the headlamps were hidden from view. The 1970 Charger R/T model featured rear-facing scoops mounted on the doors and new colors were available like Panther Pink and Top Banana. Inside, high-back bucket seats were added and on the Charger R/T model, 14-inch wheels were added and a red bumblebee stripe on the rear. In the following years, the Dodge Charger took a hiatus but returned to the roadways in 2006. The sixth-generation model took cues from its muscle car ancestors and added a modern spin.
Today, the Dodge Charger continues to grow with innovative performance updates, cutting-edge design, and stunning interiors. We can’t wait to see what is next for this iconic car and know our Poway, CA area customers feel the same way!