5 GREAT DODGE CARS OF THE PAST CENTURY
Back in 1901 when brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge set up shop in Detroit, they envisioned supplying spare parts for famous auto brands like Ford and Oldsmobile. However, in 1914, they started assembling the now popular Dodge cars and business boomed. Despite changing management, Dodge has continued to serve powerful cars that challenge auto manufacturer. We look at some of the best cars that Dodge has produced over the past century.
1968 Dart GTS 440
The 1968 Dart GTS 440 was one of the greatest productions of the Dodge brand. Powered by the 440-cubic inch Magnum V8 engine that produced 375hp it stood out from the rest of the Dart GTS models as it packed up a punch and brought the race track feel to the road. This speedy sleeper had a 480 lb.ft of torque and could manage 60 mph in 5 seconds.
The 1969 Coronet Super Bee Six Pack
Dodge engineers took horsepower to the next level with the Six Pack. This 1969 Coronet Super Bee model derived its name “Six Pack” from the three Holley two-barrels that were fitted on an Edelbrock manifold, creating a 490 lb.ft of torque and producing 390hp. Despite the buzz it caused during its era, the Six Pack was eventually outdone by the Hemi Super Bee which had a lighter engine and Hemi-grade suspension. The Hemi Super Bee was not only a better drive but proved to be a worthy investment in the long run.
The 1970 Charger R/T Hemi
Dodge Charger is debatably the most popular of all Dodge cars. In fact, there is no way you can mention muscle cars of the ‘60s without listing the Charger. The 1970 Dodge Charger was given the familiar 426 Hemi V8 engine that produced 425hp and 490 lb.ft torque. The stylish exterior that the Dodge currently spots came into existence in 1970. This included the chrome loop front bumper as well as the super cool full-width tail light sheath. These features were complemented with the conspicuous colors that would attract younger buyers.
The 1970 Challenger T/A
If the Dodge Charger was a star, then the Challenger was the superstar. In particular, the 1970 Challenger T/A was a race car that Dodge availed to the public. It was powered by Dodge’s 340 V8 engine complete with the “Six Pack” carburetion and this explains why drivers alleged it produced 350hp. This speedster could cover quarter mile in around 14 seconds. With flashy colored exteriors and graphics, the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A still remains unmissable in any crowd.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is synonymous with top of the range performance. Its 707-hp and top speed of 199 mph made the Challenger Hellcat the best muscle car that has ever been produced. Its heavy weight notwithstanding, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is still capable of navigating corners without breaking sweat. With this car, there is no doubt that Dodge’s superstardom is far from lost.