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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 5, 1960-1969

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Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 5 in the series.

 

The 1960s were a memorable time for Dodge. It was the golden age of the American muscle car, and Dodge was on the cutting edge of performance, engineering and styling and would lead the way in producing some of the most exciting cars of the era.

 

Dodge didn’t offer just one high-performance nameplate during these years, but an entire lineup of cars with industry-leading muscle and flair. While the early 1960s…

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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 5, 1960-1969

Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

Jim Thornton (Photo: Chrysler Historical Collection via We Were the Ramchargers)

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the drag racing world and fans of Dodge drag racing history lost Jim Thornton to an autoimmune disease and a rare form of cancer. He was 77. Thornton was the man behind the Super Stock and Factory Experimental Max Wedge and Race HEMI® vehicle platforms that carried racers to victory in the early and mid-sixties. Born in Richmond, Missouri, in 1937, Thornton — who served as race vehicle design manager at Chrysler from…

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Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

The Mighty Dodge 426 HEMI®

 

 

426 Hemi

 

So far in Dodge history, there have been three generations of the fabled Hemi® V8. There’s the state-of-the-art HEMI® engine offered in current Dodge vehicles including the Charger, Challenger and Durango. There’s the original, groundbreaking Red Ram Hemi V8, produced from 1954 to 1957. And there’s the mighty 426 Hemi of the 1960s, which became a legend in its own right.

 

There were two basic versions of the 426-cubic-inch Hemi available to the public. The first and most common was known as the Street Hemi, and it was…

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The Mighty Dodge 426 HEMI®