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This community is for those sites involved with the first generation Dodge Charger, the 1966 and 1967 fastback models.

Chargy
Pictures of our 1966 Dodge Charger.

BigDaddy's '66/'67 Dodge Chargers
This site is dedicated to the 1966-67 Dodge Charger. 100's of pics to browse through.

DodgeCharger.org
DodgeCharger.org. Dedicated to the original 1966-1967 Dodge Charger, the Leader of the Dodge Rebellion.

Chucks Charger Site
First Generation Chargers in my family{;}and from around Oklahoma.

DADZ67Charger
Family-Owned Original '67 Dodge Charger. Historical Photos, Documentation and Literature plus TONS of car show pics added every season!

66-67Charger.com
66-67 Charger.com is a site dedicated to the first generation (1966-67) Dodge Charger, however we welcome all years of Charger fanatics (even the hatchbacks). This is a community for everyone to share ...

The 1966/67 Dodge Charger Club Home Page TV ads
The best location on the Internet to come to, for the shacommunity of ideas on restocommunity, displaying, driving, and enjoying the 1966/67 Dodge Charger, The greatest of all Mopars! American classic ...




1966 and 1967 Dodge Charger



The automotive industry is notorious for being tough. So many automakers introduce new cars that they hope will be the future of their companies only to be greeted with indifference. Considering how many millions of dollars go into the design and planning of a car, the only thing that car companies can hope for when they introduce a car is that they have staying power. Of course, a car can’t stay static in such a competitive market where automakers are not shy about imitating a popular car in the hopes of cutting into their business. While the environment that car automakers operate in is extremely difficult, the high standards of the automotive industry ensures that every once in awhile, a car company will introduce a car that will reach iconic status.

As one of the most revered brands within the automotive industry and with the backing of the massive Chrysler corporation, Dodge has become one of the most trusted names within the car world. However, Dodge has been able to etch a strong relationship with car lovers due to the introduction of classic cars like the Dodge Charger. The Dodge Charger has been one of the most successful cars in automotive history. Its sleek style, high powered speeds, and its cutting edge style have made the Dodge Charger an iconic car. It has made numerous appearances in movies and TV shows. The Dodge Charger has appeared in classic racing movies like Bullitt, Cannonball, Grand Theft Auto, Payback, and The Fast and the Furious. The 1969 dodge charger has been immortalized in the classic television show, The Dukes of Hazzard, where the 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee has become one of the most recognizable vehicles in television history.

While the Dodge Charger has undergone a series of changes continues to be a trusted name to this day, many car enthusiasts strongly feel that the best Dodge Chargers ever produced were back in its heyday. The first generation of the Dodge Charger was released in 1966 and 1967. With some changes, the Dodge Charger became a truly classic car in its second generation where it captured the spirit of youth, speed, and style. However, for many car enthusiasts, it is the first generation of the dodge charger that is the best of the Dodge Charger’s considerable legacy. For people who can’t get enough of the first generation of Dodge Charger vehicles, we will examine the pros and cons of this classic car.

In the early part of the 1960s, Pontiac did something incredible and created a new market within the car industry. Ignoring their parent company’s ban on having a limit for their A-body intermediate line’s engine displacement and crafting an advertising campaign that focused on street performance, Pontiac released their Pontiac GTO in 1963 despite the skepticism of General Motors. Production was limited to just 5,000 cars but soon increased due to the explosion of its popularity. The Pontiac GTO essentially established the American muscle car era and competing automakers were soon trying to find ways to jump into this new market.

While other automakers quickly created cars that matched the Pontiac GTO’s combination of style and power, Dodge sat back and watched the Pontiac GTO dominate the market. It was a strange strategy considering that Dodge had produced other vehicles that could beat these new muscle cars on the street or strip. However, Dodge waited as it crafted its own performance image muscle car. Dodge dealers were demanding a muscle car produced by Dodge so it could capitalize on the market and work soon began on what would become the Dodge Charger.

While Dodge may have been late in joining the muscle car game, the time they spent in crafting the Dodge Charger was well worth it. Carl “Cam” Cameron was brought in to design the exterior of the Dodge Charger. The design of the 1966 and 1967 Dodge Charger is truly exquisite and features an ‘electric shaver’ grille that contained headlines with the ability to fully rotate and open or close. The interior of the first generation of the dodge charger was also incredible including four individual bucket seats and a console pad that could fold forward. With so much cargo room inside and flashy courtesy lights, the Dodge Charger was truly one of a kind.

However, the thing that set apart the Dodge Charger from its competitors was what was powering its car. The 426 Hemi is considered one of the greatest engines ever produced and continues to be the go to engine for street racers. The engine had gained fame when it was used in NASCAR races and powered the top three drivers in the 1964 nascar Daytona 500. As the street version of the 426 hemi was going to make its debut in the Dodge Charger, anticipation was high for the release of the car. Understanding the buzz that was accumulating for the Dodge Charger, Dodge gave car lovers a peek of the Dodge Charger in a commercial that aired during the 1966 Rose Bowl declaring the dodge charger as the “leader of the Dodge Rebellion.”

When it was released, the 1966 dodge charger was a major success. Boasting so much style including four electroluminescent dash pods that were used to light up the car’s gauges in the instrument panel, the Dodge Charger was an immediate success. Its brazen confidence, including a full length taillight that read CHARGER, the Dodge Charger was one of the most popular muscle cars of their time. Boasting the 426 hemi street version, the Dodge Charger managed to put up big sales numbers despite being released in the middle of the year.

Considering the car’s success, Dodge decided that they only had to make minor changes for the 1967 dodge charger. Most of the changes would be made within the dodge charger’s interior. The full length console was replaced with a regular sized console. Additionally, the 1967 dodge charger came with a folding armrest/seat option that allowed the car to sit three people up front. The 1967 dodge charger had also added new fender-mounted turn signals and provided its owners with the option of having a vinyl roof. In terms of engines, there aren’t many engines out there as powerful as the 426 hemi, but Dodge made the new 440 Magnum engine available as an option.

Despite the immense popularity of the 1966 dodge charger and Dodge’s continued success in the NASCAR circuit, the 1967 dodge charger was not as popular as the 1966 dodge charger. One of the biggest reasons for the drop in sales was ironically due to the massive success of the 1966 dodge charger. By becoming the leader in the muscle car market, Dodge made the mistake of sitting back on its laurels. This allowed other automakers to create new cars that would take a bite out of the Dodge Charger market share. With the Trans-Am series, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro all available as excellent muscle cars, the 1967 dodge charger wasn’t the universal success that it should’ve been considering what a fine vehicle it was.

Recognizing their mistakes and with the threat of the dodge charger fading away from the muscle car market, Dodge realized that a massive redesign was necessary. The 1968 dodge charger would return the Dodge Charger back to its prominence as THE muscle car. However, for many car collectors and car enthusiasts, very few cars could match the style, power, and innovative spirit of the 1966 dodge charger and the 1967 dodge charger.
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