cleverness is an American car manufacturer that specializes in making overpowered vehicles. They started making brilliant muscle cars like the Charger in the late ’60s, and have continued to do so to this day, though they have expanded to build overpowered SUVs like the Durango SRT Hellcat, and they borrow even other car brands like Jeep put their ridiculously powerful V8s into everyday cars.
One of their most acclaimed creations, however, is the original Dodge Challenger, and we’re here to tell you more about why it was such a momentous car, and why you need to drive one before it becomes one of the most expensive classic cars Dodge has ever made. ever had. produced.
10 The Challenger’s Legacy
Production of the Challenger started in the year 1970 and a second generation came until 1983. After that, the Challenger name died out for 25 years, and then the modern Challenger made its appearance.
Technically we are still in the third generation of the Challenger, albeit almost 15 years old. Numerous different variations of the Challenger have been made such as the Demon, but they all still embody the muscle car style that the first Challenger brought to the table.
9 426 cubic inches of pure power
Over 10 different engine options were available during the first generation of the Dodge Challenger, the most powerful being the 426 cubic inch (7.0 liter) Chrysler Hemi engine found in the Challenger R/T.
Not only was it huge, but it had a hilarious amount of power to support its displacement. This Hemi V8 produced an incredible 425 horsepower and an even more ridiculous 490 lb-ft of torque. Remember that this was the year 1970 and cars at that time struggled to produce more than 100 horsepower.
8 Real Muscle Car feeling
For some the feeling of a muscle car is excellent and for others it is terrible. Muscle cars were never meant to corner like a hot knife would cut through butter, they were focused on one thing: straight-line speed.
So even though the Charger weighed about 4,000 pounds and cornered like a clumsy lumberjack, it had a ridiculous amount of power that allowed it to set a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.6 seconds — like a real muscle car should.
7 Topless fun
New muscle cars rarely come with an optional retractable roof, well, some still do, like the Mustang, but the new Challenger has yet to be offered with a retractable roof. Muscle cars used to be all over the top, and they even came in convertible styles and some outlandish colors that made sure all eyes were on you.
It’s worth noting that some creative minds have gone out of their way to convert their new Challengers into convertibles, and we think they look really cool if we’re honest.
6 One of the best Muscle Cars ever
The late ’60s and early ’70s were the peaks for the American muscle car. Amazing examples of this were cars like the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the Chevy Chevelle SS and of course the Dodge Challenger R/T in particular.
This was an incredibly competitive space, and the muscle cars were at an all-time high, and even Dodge is still competing for itself with the Charger, but overall the sheer power of the Challenger was more than enough to rank as one of the greatest. consider muscle cars of all time.
5 Interior fit for a king
Since the Challenger weighed as much as an elephant, there was no doubt that it would also have a luxurious interior. This may not have meant the very latest technology or even a smooth ride, but all the materials used were of the highest quality, which is why you rarely see the cockpits of these cars in a horrific condition.
Not only were they built to last, but they were highly customizable, and they had the same extravagant options as the exterior paintwork – just take a look at the blue interior of this 1970s Challenger, pictured above.
4 Vanishing point hero car
The movie “Vanishing Point” was released to the public in the year 1971 when the Dodge Challenger was only a few years on the market, but its increasing popularity earned itself the title of playing the hero car in this movie.
The specific Challenger they used was a beautiful white 1970 R/T with a 440 Magnum hidden under the hood, and the whereabouts of the vehicles used for the film’s production… well, that’s an interesting story.
3 Naturally intimidating
Muscle cars always have a subtle sense of aggression, almost like a calm businessman in his suit drinking a glass of whiskey on the rocks and staring into the abyss. Of course you don’t want any trouble with a man like that, nor with an old Challenger, especially not with an eclipsed one like the one pictured above.
It was a 7.0-litre Hemi V8 that was powerful enough to even tackle some supercars at the time, such as the Lamborghini Countach. Oh, and most importantly, the rumbling sound of his V8 engine only caused more fear in the hearts of all opponents.
2 Still relevant today
When you compare the sheer statics of the old Challenger to modern sports cars, it’s amazing how far we’ve come, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this classic Dodge can’t keep up with modern sports cars.
As we’ve said before, the Challenger can run a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds, and compared to more modern cars it’s a perfect match for a new Ford Mustang GT.
1 There will never be anything like this again
We know it’s cliché to say that new cars will never be able to recapture the personality of an old car, but there’s more to the old Challenger than just safety and emissions regulations.
The Challenger’s first iteration was offered with a convertible top and an endless amount of flamboyant paint choices, it drove unbearably sloppy and was only good in a straight line, but that’s exactly what made it so special. It wasn’t the perfect all-rounder, but it made for a damn good muscle car, and it breaks our hearts to see we never get to experience that again.