What Model First Brought You to the Dodge brand?


Caption: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

We’re curious how you came to be part of the Dodge family. Did a Neon keep you company through college? Stole your first kiss in Dad’s ’72 Dart?
Can you relate to this guy and his Challenger? Or maybe you simply can’t forget the first time you heard a Viper, rumbling away at that corner gas station. Whatever car it was for you, we want to hear the story behind it in the comments below. In fact, we’d love to see it too, so link us to a pic or two that you posted on the Dodge Flickr page.


  • Shane Sullivan
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    I was brought home from the hospital after I was born in a 70′ Challenger. I remember the dukes of hazzard, but I also was working on cars as a kid with my older brothers. They were both chevy fans…. so lots of camaros and novas. Then one day I was picked up by one of my brothers in a friends 68′ Charger… That was all she wrote. My first car was a 75′ Dart, since then I have had a 77′ Fury (cop car), 66′ Charger, several Dodge Pick ups, and my current toy is a 67′ Coronet. I want to buy a new Challenger RT Classic, just have to wait a little longer. I am a Dodge Boy for sure…

  • Nick Nimtz
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    First my Uncle had a 68 Dodge Charger, Black, Crome Trim, Hemi Engine, Black Leather Seats, Manual Trans mission. This thing sang when it was running. To this day I want this car.I was in the 5th grade. They was a book fair coming up. I hated book fairs. I wasn’t much of a reader. I went down with my class and there it was. A pile of book covers with the first ever Dodge Viper and New model Dodge Ram, Both blue with WHite racing stripes. I bought one for everybook I had. I went home and looked up the Dodge viper and learned everything about this car inside and out. Then the movie fast and Furious came out, and once they showed the dodge charger standing up on the rear wheels, it was awsome. Everyone I was with was all about the little rice burners, but I loved that car. Too bad it ended the way it did for that car. Now here I am years later, still a huge Dodge fan, and still dreaming of owning the Dodge viper. ANY YEAR. I do have my Ram though. 06 White Dodge Ram 1500 with the 5.7Lt Hemi.. Oh I love this truck. When I can ever afford it, I want my wife to have the 2012 Dodge Durango. That truck looks amazing. I wish I could buy one for her, but no money.
    So as soon as I was into cars, Dodge was my choice. I love the amercan made muscle and the beauty of most of thier vehicles, back from 1914 to now, it has been pure quality and excellence. Thank you DODGE.

  • Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    The Dodge Neon ACR

  • Al
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    My family always had Chrysler vehicles in it. Some of my most distinct memories are of my mom & dads 1977 Dodge Tradesman van. It was rather distinctive being a bright red and black two-tone color. That van shuttled mom, dad, me, my older brother, older sister, both my grandparents, and a 120 lb bloodhound named Penny back & fourth from NY to FL for Easter vacations probably a dozen times when I was a kid. Never left us stranded anywhere. We owned it from ’77 to ’84 when it got traded in a new Dodge B250 Prospecter van. The tradition continued. I think the thing that thrilled me the most when I was little was when it came time for the vans yearly tune-ups. For anyone who isn’t familier with the old Dodge B-series full size vans, the engines are basically under the dash boards between the front seats and the cover (or dog house) comes off from the inside of the van. I can remember with much joy the many times dad would remove the dog house to tune up his prized 318 V8, and then take it for a test drive with the dog house still off. There I was, not even a teenager with my left foot about 6 inches away from the right valve cover with the 318 screaming wide open each time. God I can remember that sound like it was yesterday! I currently own a 1969 Charger R/T 440, 2001 Intrepid ES, 2005 Ram 2500 Hemi, and a 2010 Challenger R/T Hemi 6 speed. For me there simply is no other car company……PERIOD!!!

  • Kelli Lovell
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    My brother brought home a ’69 Orange ‘Cuda one day. I’ll never forget the fierce rumble of the powerful hemi in that car. It was love at first sight! I fell in love with Mopar from that day on. So much in fact, that I named my first born son “Dodge”. He’s proven to be a handsom fierce rumbler, as well!

    Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I will never forget this yellow 1969 HEMI Charger that a senior had drove on the first day that I started high school. They had just opened our new high school in Williamsville, NY and had not finished installing the row of front and rear doors to this main entrance corridor that opened up to an open cafeteria/study commons area. The construction guys had just put clear plastic tarp over the opening until the doors were going to arrive the following day. This mopar motorhead high school senior ran his bright yellow HEMI Charger with open exhaust right through the clear tarp into the main entrance corridor. I looked up from eating my lunch and his friends were clearing the way as he proceeded to do a major burnout through the corridor and then ripped through the clear plastic tarp out the rear entrance. The cloud of smoke set off the fire alarms and was so thick that hardly anyone could see. After a month or so, someone finally ratted him out and he finished the rest of the school year at the alternative campus, however, he was proclaimed a hero and everyone invited him to all their weekend parties for joy rides down the neighborhood streets. I just had to own a Dodge and my life was not complete until I owned a HEMI. His buddy owned a 1968 blue HEMI GTX that was immaculate. That one was only driven in the summer which was about three months of the year in Buffalo. There is nothing like the sight of those massive flat black valve covers and the huge air cleaner on an old 426 HEMI. Your heart stops, your jaw drops and drool comes out the side of your mouth. Coolest looking motor ever made!

  • David Autry
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    The most fascinating truck in my life was a 1974 Dodge Club Cab 100 440/AT it was loud and fast , my me-maw retired form a local dodge dealer here in Macon. that truck was my pawpaws truck. he was my hero, and the man i looked up to most in life. My first truck was a 1976 Dodge Power Wagon slant 6 3 on the tree. seocn was a 1997 Ram, and since have had 3 dakotas one 4 cyl, and 2 v8 one wich i currently own and love. when the whole world can circle their problems with a blue oval, and wear a bowtie. The dodge never fails to impress and never let me down. So Dodge is in the blood and it runs deep from 318 to Hemi.

  • Calvert G. Gearon
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    I am 36 years old and love Dodge’s. I have been a Dodge guy since I was 4 years old. I remember my dad constantly complaining about his leaking and hard to start Ford Pinto or his lemon VW SquareBack that broke more time than drove and if that wasn’t enough there’s the GM product (Olds 88 ) and that car had trans issues and brake issues. My dads car life at that time was hell. During this time I was watching the Dukes of Hazzard and love that Orange car with the 01 on it, not knowing at that time that it was a Dodge. Then I saw the movie Bullit with my dad and thats when he told me that it was a Dodge Charger that had gotten my attention. It looked tough and smooth with lines that screamed bad boy. I was hooked and noticed it looked simular to the Dukes of Hazzard car. I asked my dad,” is that the same type as the orange one on that other show?” and he replied a solid yes. I replied, “Well Dad, why don’t you get one of those?”. He replied, “dunno, never thought to”. It was then after renting a new camaro (and hating it) just to get around to and from the Airforce Base that he was told of a guy selling decent used cars out in Jackson about 30 minuted from home. Needless to say, out of all the cars my dad could have bought that day, he came home with a unique looking car and YES it was a Dodge. A 1973 Dodge Monaco Broughm blue in color with black vinyl top 727 trans and a 400 V8. This car had 98k on the odometer and my dad said it was a good deal and hope this car would change his luck for him even though it had high milage for that time. My dad and I wouldn’y realize how this car would change the course of automotive history for my family and even save my dads life. The car drove 8 times across the U.S. in one year and drove up in the back roads of Big Bear Mountain in California, towed a chevy pick up with a cracked engine block in palm springs California to a rest area and did so stalling once because of the heat and that fact the car was loaded with 5 people and luggage. The Chevy guy was so thankful for the help and we pressed on. Ending back in New Jersey this car had become a family member and not just tranportation, so my mom and dad affectionately called the Dodge Monaco – “Nelly Bell”. We drove the car for 10 years. Not only did it help save my family finacially but allowed us to save. We thought we’d never get rid of this car with the unique nose and hide-a-way headlamps that we’ve never seen on the road before or since. We’ll the day finally came when my dad was driving the Dodge monaco and the front end started shaking at 45-50 mph. The mechanic looked at it and told my dad the frame had a stress crack in it and it was only a matter of time. At this point the old Dodge Monaco had 276,426 miles on it. I think the last 3 digits were a sign of this cars unwillingness to die. The car burned no oil and transmission was great. So to show the old Dodge “Nelly Bell” Monaco our appreciation and heart felt thanks, my family decided that since this car was such a blessing in a time we needed blessings most, we Donated the old dodge to Toms River High School East since they had a Automotive coarse and all there cars were junkers. Yes, the old Dodge even drove over and they were so happy to get it. Since then I don’t know what happened to it, but I’m sure she put up one hell of a fight teaching hundreds of kids. This was the cornerstone of Dodge in our family till this day. Since then we have had nothing but great luck with Dodges and so had my friends. There are many other amazing storys to tell about Dodges in my family. THE LASTEST DODGE IS AN AMAZING ONE AND THE ONLY REAL GHOST BUSTIN DODGE IN THE COUNTRY!!! SEE IT AT SpectorsInvestigations.com on the Hallow1 page. We are looking to promote a (tuned by rdpmotorsport.com) new 2011 Durango called Spectr1 for the 2011 Sema with mopar performance parts and all new ghost hunting equipment. Watch the video DVD clip on our website to see Hallow1 Dodge in action. Get hear soon 2011 Durango – We are ready!~ Godbless Ralph Gilles for taking the brand into new positive directions – GO DODGE:)
    Thank you, Cal G Gearon.

  • roadntrack
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Being a kid in the70s I discovered NA$CAR on WIDE WORLD of SPORTS and the CHARGER was the toughest looking car on the track, the #43 and 71 ran many laps up front!
    Got my first car, a 69 CHARGER 383 , for $400! The rear quarters looked like a derby car’s
    but that made it seem more like a short track stocker to me! On the test drive the stock
    383 4bbl torque just ate up the steep grades. I was sold!

    Imagine that 6.4 in a body like the 02 STRATUS coupe!
    Call it a 2012 DART if you want…
    That will lasso the 5.0

  • Calvert G Gearon
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    One quick note – it was the dependablility of an old forgotten Dodge that made things happen for my family and the Dodge brand for many years to come. With Ralph Gilles build the new dodges to a standard and not a budget, I have no doubt that someone 10-15 years from now will pick up an old Dodge and get out of it what that 73 monaco did for my family. Because of one old Dodge we have bought from dealers a 87 Shelby Daytona Turbo2, 87 Shelby Charger, 89 Sundance, 99 Dodge Dakota, 2000 Dakota R/T, 2003 Durango SXT and SLT Plus – both black, a 2002 Grand Caravan and a 2006 Grand Cherokee 4.7L. The next 2 Dodges for my stable will be the 2011 Durango for SpectorsInvestigations.com as our new ghost hunting truck and my daily driver 2009-11 Dodge Challenger r/t or srt – Haven’t decided yet, lol. Waiting to drive the new 392. For those Dodge nuts out there – we plan on a 426 all aluminum crate motor for the 2011 Durango Citadel.

  • Rob
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    My parents 66 Dodge Coronet hooked me at age 5, causing me to buy a 68 Coronet at age 18. had it from 1983 until 2006. sorry i had to sell it.

  • Todd
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    My first Dodge was a 1997 Dodge Avenger ES. I was hooked after that. I have owned 3 Dodge vehicles since; 2002 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan, 2005 Dodge Dakota Ext Cab ST and now currently 2007 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab SLT Sport 4×4.

  • Kurt Balhorn
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    My first Dodge was a ’70 Charger R/T (Plum Crazy) that I found back in 1987 when I was 16. I still have it today and its completely restored. My dad had a ’68 Charger and a ’72 Plymouth Sebring when I was growing up. The Dukes of Hazzard TV series was a big influence as well as the Dodge Viper concept when it first appeared. I’ve been a loyal Dodge owner ever since. I also have a ’07 Charger Daytona (Plum Crazy) as my daily driver and absolutely love it!

  • Andrew Bognar
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    1969 Dodge Charger R/T, Cherry red with a black R/T stripe on the back

  • James Darter
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Close friends (during the early 70’s) had a Dodge dealership. We would take brand-new Chargers and Challengers from the shop to “top them out” without their parents knowledge. That this was in central Nebraksa we had LOTS of open straight roads. My favorite was a 71 big-block, 4-speed Road Runner ( a 1200 mile trade in for a 440 6-pac Challerger RT) that we terrorized the locals with. It was a shame that his Dad wouldn’t let us order any Hemi cars- something today he kicks himself for…! A few years later I got a ’68 RoadRunner (my first car) and then went on to owning ’70 ‘Cuda, ’76 Plymouth Arrow(bought new) ’73 Charger SE, ’71 Dodge SuperBee, and my current (owned 25yrs) big-block ’72 Charger SE

  • Justin
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    1974 dodge dart swinger (red) with a 340.
    1969 Plymouth satellite (383)
    1985 Shelby Charger (black and Silver)
    Those were the days…

    Now a 2008 Dodge ram…

  • Jerry
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I remember a guy in my school bought a new 64 Dodge Coronet RT with a 440 and 4 on the floor. It was the meanest car in town, right from the factory. Loved those Dodges ever since. My Dad was a Dodge man from back in the 40’s but because of my Mom we bought Fords. I have now owned 15+ Mopars and currently have a 2500 Quad Cab 4X4 long bed and a 300C. My wife won’t drive anything else. 🙂 Even 2 of my sons drive Ram trucks.

  • Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    My firt car was a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T with a 440 in Light teal metallic. After pouring every cent I had in the vehicle day after day it was just too expensive for me in the early 80’s and put it away for a rainy day while driving beater cars for the better part of 10 year. A great offer came along to sell the car and the deal was made. Within 2 years i was just not the same and purchased a 1968 Coronet R/T which I still have along with a 2009 Dodge Viper ACR.


  • Posted December 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    My first car was a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T with a 440 in Light teal metallic. After pouring every cent I had in the vehicle day after day it was just too expensive for me in the early 80’s and put it away for a rainy day while driving beater cars for the better part of 10 year. A great offer came along to sell the car and the deal was made. Within 2 years i was just not the same and purchased a 1968 Coronet R/T which I still have along with a 2009 Dodge Viper ACR.


  • tanner
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    The spark for me goes back way before the 17 years i’ve been on this earth.
    My grandpa’s first car he called his own was a 1950’s Belvedere. When My dad was born, they still had the old Belvedere. By the time my dad was old enough to reach the pedals he was driving to old Power Wagon hay truck. His first car was an 63 seafoam green Fury. then he went through two 68 Barracuda’s by the time he was married. Through the first few years of married life my dad swapped cars often. He was extremely handy with a welder and a paint gun so he would restore various mopars and sell them off. We went through multipul Fury’s, Darts, Dusters and a couple Cudas.

    Along came my brother who was brought home in the back of a 72 Challenger. But, once the second child was here, the desided to upgrade, he had to sacrifice the Challenger for a Pontiac 6000. But held on to a 68 Barracuda for him to drive to work at the local Dodge dealership as a mechanic.

    Once we had kid 3, it was time to upgrade futher. My parents bought a 1986 Plymouth Voyager. And we had that for some time. I was even brought home in it. Once we started towing boats and snowmobiles, we desided we needed something bigger and bought a suburban. But all this time we had a cuda. The year I came into the picture my dad had sold the 68 for 67 Cuda with a 273 super commando.

    My whole dad’s side of the family is Mopar faithful. And so, my brothers first car was naturally a baby poop green Dodge D150. All the while my dad was driving the Cuda to work.
    Flashing forward to last year. My Grandpa’s 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Club cab was getting old, and grandpa needed to treat himself. So, we helped him pick out a nice shiny Blue 2009 Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab. And, to ease grandpa letting go of the truck, I bought it from him.

    So, Nowadays My Ram has been the greatest truck a guy could ask for. Everytime I get in the drivers seat it’s like electricity. I fire up the beast I fondly refer to as Super Dodge. This truck is like a brother to me. It’s gotten to be like a brother.

    The Cuda is in the garage as we speak. A mild restore is in order. The Idaho winters were not nice to the Cuda, and we now have a car of the bowtie variety for my dad to run to work. My brother currently rolls around in a little quad cab Dakota that works great for him. And, my moms Yukon XL has now gone through 3 transmissions, an air intake manifold, and water pump. Go figure.

    I’ve been Mopar Or No Car for 17 years, and as far as I know, it’ll stay that way.

  • Harrison
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    My first experience was the end of Freshman year. My friend drove me home during the week of finals and I fell in love with his ’09 SRT8. I started looking for car movies on Netflix and came across Vanishing Point. I didn’t know at that time there was an old challenger and from that point on it’s been my favorite movie and my dream car. I had my Dad taking me to dealerships by the end of the summer and hope to catch a glimpse of one at local car shows. I ordered my 2011 SRT 8 last month and check RLD, and the Dodge Facebook page every day to find out when production begins.

  • Posted December 24, 2010 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    My firt car was a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T with a 440 in Light teal metallic. After pouring every cent I had in the vehicle day after day it was just too expensive for me in the early 80’s and put it away for a rainy day while driving beater cars for the better part of 10 year. A great offer came along to sell the car and the deal was made. Within 2 years i was just not the same and purchased a 1968 Coronet R/T which I still have along with a 2009 Dodge Viper ACR. Bruce

  • tazallen
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Hello All!!!!

    I have always been a mopar brand fan!!!!!! The car that got me hooked on Dodge and Chrysler was Richard Petty’s 1974-75 Charger…. The red,white and petty blue hook me on the styling and performace of Dodge,

    Merry Merry Hemi Christmas to you all!!!


  • Carl
    Posted December 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Watching my dads ’73 Ramcharger 4×4 360 4spd rip down a house while pulling a chevy and a ford by chain(They were all trying to pull it down with a chain) The house came down and pulled both the ford and chevy sideways across the ground for 20FT. I Mean this Rusty nasty dirt covered Ramcharger had a 2×4 bumper(Wood) You could see through the floor, But the top still came off of it(It was a ’73 with the pop off top) and it still had the balls to pull two pickups and rip a house down.

  • Justin Roberts
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    I think dodge fever has completly consumed me at this point. There are so many cool cars to choose from but I am going to have to go with the 1969 Charger, this was influenced by that television show that we all grew up with The Dukes of Hazzard. It is so nice to see that the 2011 charger is being influenced by the second gen charger. hopefully the aftermarket world will produce the hideaway headlight conversion kit for this car, this would be great! The line up now consist of 7 1969 chargers (no RT’s) 1 1957 plymouth savoy, 1 2000 Dakota RT, 1 2008 Charger SE, 1 1989 chrysler conquest, 1 1972 Cuda, and 1 1976 Power Wagon. Keep producing great vehicles, Go Dodge!!!

  • lew thayer
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    my old man always had mopars, first car i remember was a 1955 dodge royal -black,white with pink trim, looked like a good n’ plenty car, than a 59 plymouth fury triple black – sharp, than a 64 chrysler newport in rosewood, kind of a pinkish,champagne color. that was given to me as my first car with a 361 v-8, boy I beat the balls off of that car, couldn’t kill it. than a 1970plymouth sport fury, my first car I purchased a 1970 roadrunner 383 4 speed with air grabber hood, and 355 posi, I could go on and on with all the mopars I’ve owned. currently have a 1977 new yorker coupe – 440, 1995 ram 1500, 1998 chrysler sebring jxi convertible, 2006 chrysler 300srt8, 2007 charger rt 5.7, 2007 jeep srt8, 2009 ram big horn edition 5.7 v-8. keep up the good work chrysler corp. !!!

  • peteMT
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    My dad’s first new car was a 1964 Barracuda with a 4-speed. Long gone, sadly.

    My brother’s first car was a 1972 Barracuda.

    We grew up in a ’69 Dart. My brother inherited it later.

    Dad had a 1984 Ram he bought new, and replaced with a new 2002 Ram.

    He’s looking at an ’11 Journey or Caravan, and I’m looking at an ’11 Charger R/T.

    Keep up the good work, everyone at Chrysler and RLD!

  • ruster1971
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    My Dad had a ’67 Plymouth Satellite when I was a kid & I loved that car. He sold it when I was 10 to my uncle; his brother-in-law; in ’76 to buy a new car and I had hoped to get it back when I was old enough but my uncle wrecked it. In ’82 when I finally was old enough to drive & get a car, I found a ’70 R/T Challenger to buy but my Dad said the motor was too powerful for a kid and also because the air cleaner was missing that the motor was probably worn out. I found a “74 Challenger with a 318 that he said was o-k to buy so that ending up being my very first car. It was brown with a white interior, white vinyl roof & white stripes, kinda rare but not cool colors but my girlfriend hit a pole with it so I changed everything!! I painted it red, put a black roof & black interior and dropped it a hopped-up 340 from a ’70 Duster. Boy did I have fun in that car but the back seat was kinda tight if you know what i mean!! lol. I sold it and made a real good profit and bought a ’78 D100 step-side and a ’79 Ramcharger 4×4. I had fun with those 2 trucks but eventually sold them too to buy a house. I am still a loyal Mopar-maniac and have a ’99 Durango 4×4 5.9L (360) as my daily driver and a ’71 Duster 340 as my summer toy.

  • ptschett
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    I’d say it was my Dad’s ’95 Dakota. When I was in college I borrowed it for a few weeks when my Ford car’s transmission went out, then drove the Dakota for a summer because my car wasn’t exactly useful on the family farm.

    A few years later I’d graduated from school and needed a 4×4 pickup of my own, and bought a ’05 Dakota Club Cab, which now is my winter Dodge; my summer Dodge is a ’10 Challenger R/T I just bought this past July.

  • Todd Boyer
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    In 1972 or ’73, when I was 4 or 5, we went to pick up my Dad’s ‘new to him’ car – a ’69 Dart four-door, 170-1bbl slant, three-on-the-tree. Gold (not sure of the code) 13″ wheels, dog dish hubcaps. For reasons still unknown to me, I didn’t want to ride home in the ‘new’ car, instead I rode with the grandparents in their ’68 Cortina.
    Following behind made me notice one thing in partictlar about the Dart – the taillights. I thought to myself “those are cool taillights”. I came to like the look of the Dart and liked the car itself too.
    When I was old enough to notice the difference between the four-door and the two-door hardtop Darts, I came to like those too – and they had those cool taillights. A lady who used to visit the people downstairs from us had a light green with green vinyl top ’69 Dart Custom two-door hardtop.
    What really cemented the love of these cars in my mind was a ’69 Dart Swinger 340 that drove by our house one summer day. It was bright red with black painted top and the original fake mag-wheel wheelcovers, it sounded great and it had those cool taillights!!! I was building plastic model cars by this time and always wanted a Dart model, but no company made one. After a few years I said “ah to hell with the model – I want a full-size Dart” !!!
    1n 1991 I went with some friends to a nearby Canada-US border crossing to get some US Auto Trader magazines to see if I could find a ’69 340 Dart Swinger. As we were driving home, I was in the back seat of the car looking through a trader book when one of my friends said “Hey, what’s that?” I looked up and saw a dark green ’69 Dart and started screaming GO BACK – GO BACK – GO BACK!!!
    We did go back and sitting in the driveway was a ’69 Dart two-door hardtop with the power bulge hood, four-speed shifter, non-stock black bumblebee stripe and those cool taillights!!!. Long story short (if that’s possible now) I negotiated a price with the owner and brought the Dart home. It turned out to be a numbers-matching ’69 340 Dart Swinger 4-speed 8-3/4 3.23 Sure Grip. It was F8 forest green and had hideous (to me) Keystone Classic wheels. When I arrived home I quickly put my fake mag wheel wheelcovers on over the Keystones and went for a drive !!!
    I will have the Dart 20 years this June, I’ll never sell it as it is part of the family. I love driving it to cruise nights and show & shines and I still love those cool taillights !!!

  • RLD
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for your contributions! Many of you have responded with your photographs and stories, so please look for some of them to be featured here on Redletterdodge!

  • Howard Munroe
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I started out with a ’87 Dodge Shadow. It was somewhat sluggish with an automatic, but nonetheless it was well put together, and what impressed me the most, was Dodge took good care of us the couple of times we had mechanical problems.  The first was the water pump, and the second was a recall for the wrist pin.  In ’96, I remembered this car, and ended up with a Dodge Neon.  I remember the advertisements at the time calling the Neon a ‘friendly little car’.  This I am afraid was not the case.  I had the dual overhead cam engine with 16 valves, and a manual 5 speed transmission.  The only car to ever pull away from this Neon was a 32v Northstar Cadillac.  I had an opportunity once to hit empty expressway, and chickened out when the speedometer pegged past 120.  I never had engine trouble, and it always ran smoothly even without changing sparkplugs for over 120,000 miles.  I have not had a new car since, but I have a hankering now.  I am currently holding out for the 2013 Dart R/T.  Nope, might be my last new car.  Gotta be the R/T!…lol

  • Xavier Bertelsen
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    The dodge that hooked me into being one of the dodge family would have to have been the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T it had a great look to it and everyone always knew you were coming because they could hear it coming towards them

  • A fascinating
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    After going over a few of the blog articles

  • Phillip W Lewis
    Posted March 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I was brought up on Dodge and Plymouth I didn’t know they made anything else until about 12 years old hell that’s all daddy ever drove was a Dodge or Plymouth I’ve always believed Mopar or no car

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