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.


  • moparman

    It was 1979. I was 9 years old. I saw the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard”. I didn’t know what a “dodge charger” was, but after that TV show, I knew I wanted one.

    I spent my high school years looking for a ’68 or ’69 charger that I could buy. All the one’s my buddy and I found were ot for sale (even though they had been sitting in barns for years or in back yards for years. Autotrader had ’68 charger R/Ts listed for $1200.00 or best offer, but back in the ’80s that was alot of money for me. I was not a “silver spoon” kid, we had to work for what we got.

    I never owned a Dodge or Chrysler product until I was 33 years old……

    After high school, 15 years in the military, a wife and two kids, I finally got a ’69 charger off of e-bay for $7100.00. It had a 440 in it and I drove it home from Salt Lake City to Salem Oregon.

    It had hyundai front seats in it, all the seat belts were in a box in the trunk, the turn signals didn’t work, the exhaust was a single pipe from the 440 to about the front seats without a muffler, had 4 mis-matched wheels and 4 different tires, it wouldn’t shift into drive until you hit about 65 MPH, and it ticked real loud when you first started it up, but I knew after driving it around the block the first time, that it was the car I was always meant to drive.

    It continues to be my one and only Dodge vehicle, and probably will always be unless Dodge makes two more changes to the current car carrying the “charger” badge, a retro nose, and of course, make it a two door.

  • Thomas

    My Dad owns a 1971 Dodge Charger 500. Since then my family has owned a Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Aries, Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Dakota and now a 2010 Dodge Charger. I think it will be a long time before we ever buy anything non-mopar again.

  • HEMIhead

    The lack of Plymouth brought me to the Dodge brand. Always loved the Roadrunner and GTX
    ever since I was about 10 years old. And of course the “real” legendary HEMI that was so elusive to see anywhere on the road. The Superbird was my favorite, followed by the 1970 Roadrunner with the 383, 440+6, or HEMI. Loved the Blue exterior/white interior combo.
    Had to buy Dodge after 2000, or go to brand X, and that wasen’t happening.
    My family and I owned alot of Dodges/Plymouths/Chryslers growing up.

  • 440

    1958 Dodge Custom Royal D-500,2 door hardtop..Black beast !!!

    Well when I was a little kid around 4 years old in the mid 1970′s is my first memory of a car(dad even told me I always liked that car from as young as 1.5 years old I would moun some sound and point to the car and only car I would smile when I looked at it) It was a black 1958 Dodge Custom Royal D-500 2 door hardtop,361 c.i duel 4bbl’s and duel exhausts,big white walls and wire spoke mag wheels,I remember sitting in the back and the cars tires were squealing,he said I always loved it when he floored it,and spun the tires…still do ! he sold it just before I turned 5,some guy was hounding him for a year to buy the car off of him,and he finally gave in…Only time I ever CRIED !!….

    But, I have more memories(since being older) of his Red was a gold,watched him paint it when I was 6ish 1968 Charger R/T 440 (still has it)also a Black 77 Dodge Streetvan and moms 78 Magnum GT,as I was a bit older 5 on, and was our daily drivers !! He was always buying and selling Cuda’s/Chargers and always had a fleet of them and he still does and I also am lucky enough to have a few old Mopars…and my 68 300 I still have,69 Charger R/T and 73 cloned to a 70 Challenger R/T and a few more work in progress Mopars !

    My dad always had a bunch of Mopars late 60′s Charger’s 70-74 Cuda’s and Challenger’s,funny enough I guess I grew up with muscle cars my first car was a sleeper 1968 440 T.N.T Chrysler 300 2 door bankers hotrod that blew the doors off every GM/ford /import I came into contact with !! Really love the 300 because even when my dad bought lame 318 powered Charger’s people thought they were fast,because it was a 68 or 69,70 Charger…well they ran 15′s with a 318 2bbl,as we tested out before big block swaps….but my big block c-bodies people assumed they were slow…ha !Faster than a speeding 5.0 and 1le Camaro of the 90′s my friends !!And quicker than a 06-10 5.7 Hemi lx car !!

  • white wolf

    dakota quad cab

  • david

    it was walker texas ranger i liked his truck , then i got the 1998 quad cab and now i am on my third dodge ram all 1500 now i am stuck on the hemi nothing less.

  • Justin Franke

    2004 Dodge SRT-4 brought us to the Dodge line. I work for Withnell Dodge in Salem, OR and my wife loved fast cars. I was impressed with this car for the money and my wife still owns it and loves it to this day. She calls it her “Red Rocket” and she auto crosses the car every Spring and Summer, even into the Fall. They are amazing cars!

  • Vejay

    right now the mopars we own is a 1970 plymouth roadrunner with a 383 pushing about 600 hp the car is built for drag racing then we have 2 1500 pickups and then a 3500 duely to haul the roadrunner

  • http://sites.google.com/site/jpsplacek4wic/ John N Perriero

    Bought my first Dodge in 1973 at a GM dealer in Rahway NJ. A used 1970 Challenger with a 340-6 pack under the lid. I enjoyed it because it had an automatic transmission. I raced it at Raceway Park, Englishtown NJ. As I recall, it ran 15:00 @ 113 mph. I sold it years later after the gas embargo for a Plymouth Duster … UGH!!! Should have kept it.

  • zeke

    1972 Dodge Dart, my mom had it through high school up until I was two. Me and my grandfather were supposed to rebuild it before I turned 16, but money got tight and we had to sell it.

  • Dr. Mopar

    I have been a dodge/mopar man my entire life. My first new truck was a 99 Dakota R/T, and since then I have owned a 2003 Hemi Ram, a 2004 Hemi Ram, two 2005 Rumble Bees, a 2005 Ram Daytona, a 2005 SRT-10 Ram, a 2007 SRT8 Super Bee, and last but not least a 2009 Challenger R/T.

  • naturallywired

    A 1973 Dodge Charger SE . It had a 400ci motor and an automatic transmission. It was a beautiful Chestnut Brown with gold metal flake paint job with a black vinyl top w/ opera windows. I added Cragar Mag wheels, headers and a few other items. It was a beautiful car and it came with a 150 mph speedometer and it flew but the ride was so smooth. I really loved that car.

  • Dylan

    Had to be when I was playing Need for Speed for the first time (Hot Pursuit, 2002) I saw the Viper GTS. I was hypnotized by the snake’s eyes. The car looked so amazing and it was a brilliant car to drive as well. When I’m actually old enough to drive (I’m 14 currently) I’ll really try to buy some amazing Dodges of the future. =)

  • 318

    My dad was a mopar mechanic for as long as I can remember so I was always around mopars. Growing up my dad had an 85 Dodge pick up with a 318, pretty much my favorite truck. My mom always drove a plymouth, chrysler, or dodge minivan. My dad has had quite a few different mopars from a road runner to a challenger, unfortunately he got rid of all them before i was born. He know owns an intrepid. When it came time for me to start driving my first car was that old 85 dodge pickup, nicknamed old blue. I fell in love with the truck and motor, when i left for college i started driving a little chevy cavilar but i always had my eye on another dodge, not to long ago I reentered the mopar family, and bought a 99 dakota with the 318 motor. I dont think I will be buying something other than a mopar for a while. I love my truck, the only thing i would trade it for would be a newer full size with a hemi, or a classic mucle mopar.

  • Don Stolfi

    I went with my uncle to pick up his new 1959 Dodge Custom Royal 4-door hardtop when I was 10. I thought it was the coolest car ever and when I was 18, he gave it to my Dad and I got to drive it for a couple of years until the floorpans rusted away and my Dad sold it. I purchased my own 1959 Dodge in 1983 (Coronet 2-door sedan) for $600…coincidentally with the seat rocking because the floorpans were rusted away…but I still have it and many of it’s issues have been remedied, but it still is just a fun car, not a show winner.

  • Gary Montgomery

    My first Dodge was a 1966 Cronet 440 4 door which was given to myself and at that time my girlfriend from her father.From that point on I got hooked on Coronets,had a 67 Coronet Deluxe,another 66 440 4door,had a 71 plymouth Duster,71 Doge Coronet,71 Chysler Newport,&75 plymouth Fury two,75 Dodge Coronet, 75 Dodge Charger78 Dodge OmniWHEW!!!the list is longer but presently my girlfriend and I travel in a 2003 Chysler sebring.
    I worked in a Plymouth dealership for a couple years 1978-1980,and then it closed,but learned a lot.
    Thanks for the times to drive these and others,wish right noew I had a Omni to drive with the price of Gas!!!LOL

  • Dean Gilbert

    My first Mopar wasn’t a Dodge but a Plymouth Special Delux circa 1947. Loved that car!! But, as for Dodge….I bought a 69 Dart Swinger 340 – 4 Barrel – 4 speed. Poor man’s muscle car. Bought it new off the showroom floor for $3000. Great car!! I’ve had several Dodges and a couple of Plymouths since but, nothing will ever compare to my 69 Dart!

  • Alex Veith

    when i was about 14 i was lookin for a car or truck and one of my dads friends had this 1987 dodge dakota 2.2 2wd 5spd. it had a 4 piece back window and a 8 foot long bed no radio or speakers. i bought it and learn to drive in it and to drive a stick. we had 18 offensive/defensive lineman in the back of that truck during football doubles and it sagged to the point where the rear bumper wast 8-10 inches off the ground. she took a hell of a beating throughout the years ive been backed into and i hit and killed a button buck and it didnt even phase it. im 17 now and i still have it out at the farm for the lawn mower hauler and downed branch puller. BUT i replaced it with a 97 dodge intrepid

  • http://www.moparist.se Jonny

    Back in 1980 when I was ten years old, I saw my first 1969 Dodge Super Bee. From that day I knew I gonna have me a Dodge someday, and I did, a 1969 Dodge Coronet with 440″ & 727 and now I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 with 4.7L magnum. Just can’t stop loving those Dodge cars! Thank You for making them!! And I will have me an old Dodge again someday!

  • GROW69RR

    as a 10 year old boy I was introduced to the dominatong winning ways of dodge/plymouth at all the local dragstrips here in SO.CA.,and became hooked on pentastar power/design…my neighbor who had just got out of the ARMYTANK UNIT bought a new`69 4-spd HEMI roadrunner and started a car club called “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROADRUNNERS” , but the club was made up of ALL the muscle cars from DODGE/PLYMOUTH,so on WED. nights all up and down our street were brand new CHARGERS/DUSTERS/DEMONS/SUPERBEES/ROADRUNNERS/`CUDAS/DART`S/CHALLENGERS and SUPERBIRD/DAYTONAS!!!,…thus it began.My wife also is a loyal DODGE owner who just LOVE`S her `04 DURANGO and cant seem to want to part with it for anything new!!!…MOPAR is and will always be the benchmark for other`s to copy!!!

  • Tim

    My first Dodge was a 1959 Dodge Coronet in 1968 then a 1968 Charger R/T 440 4-spd 410 rearend, then a 1969 Charger R/T 440 automatic.

    The new chargers look too much like a Mustang. yuuccchh!

  • Peter Snaith

    UK Resident…. 07 Caliber 2.0 Cvt SXT—Jeep Patriot CRD Sport—–09 Dodge Avenger 2.4 Auto SXT…. all UK spec!!

  • brett passey

    my first dodge was my dad’s 1975 200 dodge adventurer 4×4 pickup. me and my buddies had great times pullin people out of the mud and snow with it. it was consatnt four wheel drive and could pull anything. since then we’ve had an ’89 dodge 250 2wd, ’94 ram 1500 slt 2wd. And i own a ’95 ram 1500 4×4, with 241,000 on the 360

  • John D Howard III

    My dad loves Mopars, he had just really gotten into them when my parents got married. We had a 66 Belvedere that we made into a race car. We used a 67 Coronet 500 to tow it to the race track. Then in 95 we started building his ’68 Dart. It’s been a long an fun journey with the Dart. It is now a 500ci wedge car, it has been backhalfed, and just this past year we finished the frame and suspension through the front. I got my first dart when I was 9, I didn’t get much done with it. When I turned 15 we sold it to someone who actually had the time and money to work on it, cuz I definately didn’t at 15. I bought my current 68 Dart from my sister when I was 16. She bought it for a driver while in Highschool, and I turned it into a racecar. My first daily driver was an 85 Ram. I’ve had 3 pickups since, just because I fix them up and find a new one I wanna play with. I currently Have a ’73 club cab long bed with a 383 in it. The dodge brand runs in the family. We have 3 – ’68 Dart Racecars, my dad’s, mom’s, and mine. There are 3 pickups, my dad’s ’79, my ’73, and a 95 4×4 that my dad uses for a daily driver. Mom drives a 91 Dakota for her daily driver, and they have a 58 Dodge Panel Wagon that is preparing to be restored.

  • Jeff Jones

    When I was a kid back in the late 60′s early 70′s my favorite show was 1-Adam 12, I would watch officer Pete Malloy jump into that 69 Plymouth Roadrunner, fire it up and you could hear the 4-barrell kick in as they hammered down the freeway to catch the bad guys, OOOOHHH I was hooked from that point on. Just the look of those dual headlights and the sound and energy of that car has kept me a loyal Mopar man all my life.

  • Keith Price

    My first Dodge was a Dodge Omni…it was a piece of crap. My second was a Dodge Diplomat. Another piece of crap. There wasn’t a third Dodge.

  • Mansen Way

    I was never a Dodge fan until late 1991 when Dodge rolled the awesome Viper off the assembly line. I heard about it and picked up a brochure at a local dealer, but it took me 13 years to save enough money to purchase a used 2000 RT-10 and the rest is history. Now my wife drives a SRT-10 Convertible and I drive a SRT-10 Coupe. Dodge has come a long way from the old frumpy pickup trucks to the SRT-10 Ram, and from the K-Car to the Charger and Challenger remakes. Dodge is back and the SRT Team is strong. Thanks to Dick and the others for the monster V-10 engine. Thanks to Ralph for listening to us and convincing the powers-to-be to bring back the Viper. Viper owners buy Dodge trucks and grocery getter cars too. Keep up the good work Ladies and Gentlemen. Can’t wait to see the Gen V. Merry Christmas Everyone.

  • noel musich

    My first car was a 69 charger Ry 440 magnum orange, that car was unbelievably fast and goodlooking I had many races. In those days. Now I have a2008 charger rt Daytona hemi its orange also I’ve done a lot of after market things to it and absolutely love it its got a hard drive and satellite TV Ry leather interior and more that’s just inside. Have to see to believe. Not sure how to send pictures. I’m wlf.

  • tim jones

    My Dad was a Mopar guy
    So my first car was a Plymouth Fury 3
    Growing up all five of us kids had them
    Coronettes
    Chargers
    Dusters
    Demons
    Satellites
    You name it
    I had one of the 80 charger hatchbacks about the time my sister had the talking Chrysler Daytona.
    Got away from them for a while but now I own an 09 Challenger RT and and 09 Charger RT

  • Dave

    1st real car was a 1970 challenger T/A, now I have a 2010 challenger R/T what a couple of great cars

  • ed wright

    my first was a 57 desota followed by 21 different mopars at my age now of 72 i now own a 2004 dodge diesel 4 wheel drive 8ft bed pickup and my best car to date 2009 challenger SRT my first hemi was the desota and the good lord willing my next will be the 392 challenger SRT my stepson sells fords i told him i would rather walk than drive any thing other than MOPARS

  • Henri

    It was a 1989 Dakota 4×4 V6 with manual transmission, short cab, long bed.
    A beat-up old POS that had been standing under several feet of snow for a long time that I picked up since the price was right and to my surprise it turned out to be a very reliable and strong truck, all it needed was some service parts and a decent tune-up and it served me for years and is still going strong being in heavy use at my buddy’s farm. Surprisingly the vehicle is VERY capable off-road: I could drive it endlessly into the soft ground of the thick Finnish forest without getting stuck and amaze people by driving up the nearly straight wall of a gravel pit.
    Despite having a bunch of Chevys at present I am most certainly hungry for a Cummins-powered Dodge Ram :-)

  • Gary Honnert

    Dodge Avenger RT with orange sunburst metallic pearlcoat paint. I hope Dodge will bring that back as an Avenger color choice in 2011.

  • Nick

    I love all the mopars because im 15 and got a 1969 plymouth roadrunner. it has a 383. my dad has a 1970 dodge challenger r/t. Basicly mopars have always treated us well and were always their rain,shine,snow.

  • Pat

    Started with Mopar when my older brother bought a 71 340 4bbl Challenger home, yellow w/ black strips, My 1st mopar was a 72 cuda, should have kept that one. Now that I’am older I started picking them back up, 68 dart gt, 71 dart swinger, my recent one is a 69 charger rt/se found in a guys barn, 440 mag, hurst 4 speed, dana 60 rear end. What a beast !!! My son is now into Mopars and into the Bassers he has a 2003 dodge stratus rt coupe, nice car but not old school.

  • Rod Sorrells

    My father always owned dodge. There simply was no other choice for us. My first was a 87 D-150 with a slant six and a granny gear. Now I drive a 02 2500 with the cummins H.O. and the 6 speed. Long Live DODGE!!!!!!

  • John Miller

    My family always had (and still has) Mopars. When I was 15 I had to have a 1965 Dodge Coronet 440. It was a 4-dr with a poly 318, and I loved it. I drove it all through school. I now have a ton of old Mopars but someday I will own another like that one that started it all!!!

  • Bob Weisman

    Had a Barracuda first, then a 68 Road Runner Convertible. Had to sell when I went in the Army and when I got out ( 1971) I bought a Plymouth Duster 340 Cu in. Now I have a 2010 Challenger 5.7.

  • ashley

    My yellow 1999 Dakota, got it for christmas almost seven years ago. I will always drive a dodge!!

  • Mayson

    Dad pulled into the yard one spring day with a new gold ’68 Fury III – hook. Older brother worked hard enough in grades 11-12 to buy a ’74 Duster 360 4speed off the lot – line. My first car, therefore, had to be a slightly used ’73 Dart 340 4spd – sinker. After a long hiatus, back in Mopar fold with ’10 Challenger R/T Plum Crazy 6spd…gone fishing again!

  • Ron Cappuccio

    My first Mopar was 1978 Plymouth fury, If that car could talk, A lot of good times with that car, since than I was hooked on Mopars. In my late 20′s I had a brain fart and switched to buick, I owned 2 Grand nationals. I found out later i was missing all the fun,All the fun people were driving Mopars, I switched back by selling my buick and buying a 70 Coronet R/T 440 car, had a good time with that car for about 4 years, sold it, bought a 71 Dodge Charger Superbee 383 4-speed, had it about 4 years, sold it and now I had the money to buy my first brand new car ever !! 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic, And I love it. There ain’t nothing better than driving an brand new performance Mopar. WHAT A GREAT FEELING !! I will have this car until my 9 year old son is old enough to drive and I will pass it down to him, God willing. So thats my story and I’m sticking to it. Happy Holidays everyone !!!!

  • Billy Wheeler

    The first Mopar that was honestly all mine was a 1982 Dodge Rampage. I miss that little truck. It was my main transportation in high school and my first couple of years in the military. My parents had owned a couple of other Mopars before this (Monaco, D-50, ’83 Rampage) but this one was my first. It was a shocker for many discovering that it was front wheel drive. The funniest shocker was when I was pulled over by a local cop for “laying drags” in downtown. There were several little errors in his observations, but the biggest was when he made the statement, “Boy, don’t lie to me! I wasn’t born yesterday, I saw your back tires spinning!” After a short fit of laughter I told him he must have been born yesterday, because my truck was front wheel drive. OOOhhhh, how I miss that little truck.

  • http://www.diecastcrazy.com MoparBob

    My first car was a 1974 Challenger SE 318. Florida car, bought in Northern California for $300 with no title. Did a title search and $150 later got it cleared. Rebuilt the motor and drove it to and from Camp Pendleton where I was stationed in the USMC for 4 years. Sold it to a Marine buddy for $2500…. This was circa 1983. In 1991 I bought a 1974 Plymouth ‘Cuda Rallye 360 locally which I still own today. I have pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3879&id=100000138230766&l=e18f05c07b

  • Daytona

    We bought a 93 Plymouth Voyager that didn’t treat us too bad. In 2000 I found a used 2000 Intrepid. I liked the looks so bought it. Then our local dealer had the 06 Top Banana Daytona, and I couldn’t pass it up. I remember all the luckier kids having the Cudas, Challengers, Chargers, even one with a Coronet (440 under the hood). My family never could affford one back then. Glad I bought the Inteprid, because that car told me quality is there. I am very happy with my Charger.

  • Barbara

    My first Dodge was a 1973 Dodge Charger, mint green with a dark green top. Loved that car. I’ve also had a Dodge Caravan, Dodge Ram, (2) Dodge Ramchargers, Dodge Diplomat, and now I have a Dodge Nitro. Real proud of the Nitro, because it’s the first car I’ve gotten on my own. I come from a Mopar family. My Father was a big Mopar man and I have 3 brothers that own only Mopars. Other than their Dodge trucks, they also have Durangos. The all three have rebuilt a Cuda, a Dodge Swinger, and Plymouth Road Runner. They are now working on 3 more Mopars.

  • indy pacecars

    Dads 73 fury ,had trouble with carb 400.What a boat.
    1984 I purchased a 73 SE red charger.Ultimate cruiser.Had a new 88 RS sundance.
    And also have a 94 Lebaron v6 128k summer driver.

  • Tom

    My first Dodge I fell in love with was the Viper. I was 10-11 when I first saw it. I even remember watching Married With Children when Al almost won one – when the ep first aired. I loved the Viper (still do!) – the first Dodge I personally owned, parents aside, is my 2006 Hemi Charger. One awesome car – but I will possibly replace it after seeing Heather & the 2011 in Robesonia! Either that or the GC with the 6.4 will be my next hemi.

  • Wade

    The first one i recall is my grandfathers 57 Dodge Custom Royal, He traded it for a 64 Plymouth Belevdere 2door, because thats what Richard Petty drove, My parents then got a 58 Windsor then another one then they got a 66 300 coupe, and that was the one I got My licence in, and from then I had a GTX Road Runner, Duster, Charger, Sattilite, Fury. Polara, Cordoba Volare, Lebaron, Lancer, Caravan, Rams New Charger & now a new Challenger, and I still have my High school car a 64 Polara, So I have had a little bit of everything form the forward look on, They were all good cars but some were much better than others, so I guess when I bleed I bleed Hemi Orange

  • Scotty

    It was 1993 and as my 16th birthday neared, I *desperately* wanted a car just like the Dodge Daytona that I often saw driving around our small town. We didn’t have that kind of money, but my dad, eager to make my birthday a memorable one, found a car at a local garage that was wrecked from an accident but otherwise identical to the one I wanted. He spent the entire winter putting the car back together so that it would be perfect for the big day. I still remember walking into the garage and seeing it there for the first time on my birthday – a 1989 Dodge Daytona ES, bright red over silver… it was awesome and I felt like a king getting to drive that car to school every day. Ironically, my dad never cared much for Dodges, but he cared enough about me to get me one anyway.

    Today I have a white Dodge Challenger R/T that would have made me drool all over myself at 16 and we’re looking forward to a new 2011 Charger for my wife’s next car. Dodge still has the absolute best looking cars on the road by far.

  • robert

    my dad like mopar from 1964 truck to his 1987 dakota