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1966 Charger: Leader of the Dodge Rebellion

When high style and high horsepower roamed the streets

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Overshadowed by the 1968-70 models, the 1966-67 Dodge Charger was a bright spot on the Chrysler Corporation’s roster after several rough years getting back into shape. And, boy, what a bright spot it was, thanks to contemporary fastback styling, a nifty grille with hidden headlights, and an interior that looked like it came straight out of the Detroit Auto Show.

But where did the Charger fit? Was it a muscle car? Not with the standard 318. Was it a personal-luxury car? The interior suggests it would have attracted consumers targeted by that segment, but can you imagine comparing an Olds Starfire with the Charger? Truth be told, the industry referred to cars like the Charger, Corvette, and Thunderbird as “specialty cars,” so you wouldn’t be wrong in trying to pinpoint what a Charger really was.

In the above video, Muscle Car Campy takes us on a ride and drive with Franklin Jones’ 1966 Charger, which is equipped with a 325-horsepower 383. That’s much closer to a muscle car, but certainly a deluxe model with all the trimmings — somewhat the antithesis of a Hemi Coronet Deluxe two-door sedan.

Of course, the Charger went to bigger and better things, but the interior of those never matched the panache of the 1966-67. Join Muscle Car Campy as he extols the virtues of this specialty car.

If you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out more Muscle Car Campy videos!

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I wish i still possess my 1967 4 on floor Mustang convertible.

    With a child on the way, I traded it in for a Ford 4 door sedan. Today, that child has children.

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