40 Year Love Affair with 440 Cubic Inches!


We sometimes treat our classic rides better than family members. With all the love and attention we give them, you could say they are a bit spoiled but loved just as much as a household pet. For retired school teacher Marlowe Boyd, he feels that way for his 1971 Charger R/T. You see, he’s owned it for 40 years and yet he feels it was just yesterday when he took delivery of it. With its wild “Green Go” paint and color matching bumpers, not to mention the deep rumble of the 440 Magnum, Marlowe’s Charger R/T draws admiring looks and comments from all sorts of bystanders. Today, many baby boomers head to the big collector car auctions searching to buy a cool Dodge or Plymouth musclecar that will recapture the spirit of their youth. However as Marlowe puts it,  “I never got out of my childhood!”


AutoWeek: Video: 40 years with a Dodge Charger




  • Brad Wills
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I like the change’s being made in the Dodge Charger and the improvements made in the mpg… But, I offen wondered why they never called the 4 door version of the old muscle car a 2 door version something other than the Charger and instead called it the Cornet or something that had 4 drs. and left the Charger with the 2 door version it always was back in the day??? I like leaving a true name given to retro version of a classic ruler of the past… Thank you for the opportunity to give me a voice on the subject  

    Posted August 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    That is a bad a$$ car.  I can see why he kept it.  The way the lines flow on that car and earlier versions have yet to be improved upon.  It is a timeless piece that you could sell at the dealers today.  It has hidden wipers, flush door handles, painted bumpers, and everything that you see today.  Just a great looking car that doesn’t show its age.  The fenders and quarter panels flair out unlike the flat new cars.  Great looking car and wild looking color.  Keep it forever because nothing on the market comes close at a reasonable price.

  • moparman
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    From the video:

    “the fact that automobiles don’t have a lot of character anymore, and that they don’t change their appearance drastically over maybe a 7 year cycle says a lot about keeping a nice looking older car”

    “It has an interesting history, it is definitely a differnt process than the way cars are built today, BUT THE NAME WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT HAD VALUE, ‘CAUSE PEOPLE REMEMBER WHAT THE REPUTATION OF THE DODGE CHARGER WAS.  If you wanted soemthing powerful, you wanted something big, you wanted something that was fun.  IF YOU HAD A FAMILY, YOU HAD A STATION WAGON.  If you had a muscle car you had independance.”

    Hammer, meet nail head; nail head, hammer.  He doesn’t come right out and mention the 4 door thing, but I’m willing to wager he touched on it and it was edited out.  Come on Dodge, we’re still waiting, I know you can build it.  Eight inches longer, two doors, lose the truck front end, it’s not that difficult.  Looking abck with regret is gonna suck in a few years unless you go all out on the next redesign…..

  • NeonNites
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Awesome car!  The color pops with the black stripes.  I have to agree with moparman, lose the truck front end on the Charger and offer it in a two door like Honda does with their Accord and you would sell a lot of them.  In addition, build the seat belts into the seat so people can easily flip the seat forward to get in and out to the back seat.  A full size two door with plenty of rear leg room would sell again.  Look at the station wagons that are coming back.  It cannot cost that much more to make a new mold to stamp out a new quarter panel and door.  If you refuse to make a convertible Challenger then you should at least make a two door Charger.  Whatever happened to flexible manufacturing?  At any rate, if you made a two door Charger then you could make a real Charger Daytona and I know a lot of the Mopar purists would sell everything they owned to have one.  Great car, thanks for sharing it with us.

  • 440
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    440’s rule !!!!!

    12 second 1/4 mile cars righ out from the factory !!!! (finally we have the 392 Hemi that runs as good)

    Very reliable as well !!!!!!!!

    One thing driving my old Mopar’s around today (did so as daily drivers until 2002) people stare and follow me,and now with camera phones snap pictures,film me it’s really annoying,so I try to getaway from them as soon as I can.

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