Dodge Challenger Through the Years: 2008 to present

 

After a 22-year hiatus, the Dodge Challenger roared back onto the American car scene in January 2006 at the North American International Auto Show.  The Challenger Concept was the smash hit of the show in Detroit that year, winning both the Peoples’ Choice and Best of Show awards.

 

In response to the tremendous demand from consumers, including 40,000 hand-raisers who answered a web survey, the Challenger was quickly green-lighted for production.  While Michael Castiglione of Chrysler’s Pacifica Studio had designed the original…

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Dodge Challenger Through the Years: 2008 to present

Dodge Challenger Through the Years: 1970 to 1974

 

Dodge was the final entrant in the Detroit pony car wars in 1970, but the Challenger was worth the wait. Pundits declared the Challenger’s clean, elegant styling the best of the breed, and they raved about the wide variety of available powerplants, from Slant Six to 426 Hemi.

 

Like all pony cars, the Challenger was based on modified compact/intermediate architecture, which in Dodge’s case it also shared with its pony car sibling at Chrysler, the Plymouth Barracuda. Dodge designer Carl Cameron styled…

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Dodge Challenger Through the Years: 1970 to 1974

Dodge Daroo I

 

The Dodge Daroo I, one of the wildest factory show cars of the 1960s, was a collaboration between Dodge design manager Bill Brownlie and George Barris, Hollywood’s self-professed “King of the Kustomizers.”  Change was in the air and the Daroo, with its radical, cut-down profile and bold paint, made a big splash on the custom car show scene.

 

Brownlie sent to Barris a stock 1967 Dart GT convertible, which Barris shortened 10 inches in the rear and lengthened 17 inches in the front, forming…

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Dodge Daroo I