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The Dodge Charger is one of the most beloved V8 muscle cars in the world. Plus, it’s one of the few sacred cars that keeps its promise of being a silly, tire-guzzling time capsule. After more than fifty years of the Dodge Charger, it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to the history of this larger-than-life American icon.

The first-generation Dodge Charger was a big, bad car with a bigger, badder look

A 1966 Dodge Charger leans on a corner | Getty Images

By the mid-1960s, major US manufacturers were already producing V8 muscle cars in coupe and convertible platforms. Ford shocked the planet with its pony car, the Mustang, which the company released as a 1964 ½ model. Furthermore, Pontiac had clear success with its GTO and Chevrolet had a dominator in the Chevelle. So what did everyone’s favorite Mopar muscle car maker do? Dodge created the 1966 Charger on a Coronet chassis.

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