1942 Dodge Custom Series Club Coupe

1942 Dodge Custom Series Club Coupe

 

The 1942 model year was probably the shortest in Dodge production history but one of the most important. The automaker threw 110 percent of its manufacturing effort into winning the Second World War for America and the Allies. And while auto production lasted, the ’42 Dodge design helped set styling trends that continue right up to today.

 

Dodge had enjoyed a boom year in 1941, producing 237,000 vehicles. But in 1942, production plummeted to only 68,522 units as civilian passenger car output was throttled back and…

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1942 Dodge Custom Series Club Coupe

1980 Dodge Mirada

1980 Dodge Mirada

 

Personal luxury cars were an important part of the new-car market in the early 1980s, both for sales and as image builders. Sporty two-doors loaded with luxury features drew customers into the showrooms. The Dodge brand’s all-new entry in this highly competitive segment for 1980 was the Mirada, a sleek coupe that was produced for only three years.

 

A bit ahead of its time, perhaps, the Mirada was lean and compact—it was 800 pounds lighter and seven inches shorter than the Magnum, Dodge’s previous model. But like any good…

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1980 Dodge Mirada

1970 Dodge Coronet R/T

1970 Dodge Coronet R/T

 

With its wild twin-nostril grille and integrated front bumper, the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T is one of the most distinctive-looking muscle cars of the era. It’s virtually impossible to mistake the ’70 R/T for anything else—it’s that different.

 

The unique front end treatment was created by Dodge stylist Diran Yazejian, a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While the bumper looks like two separate components, it’s actually one continuous stamping with sheet metal covering the middle. The look tends to be highly…

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1970 Dodge Coronet R/T