Tag Archives: hemi engine

Strong-Arming the HEMI® Engine: 1964 and 1965 HEMI Drivers Got an Added Workout!

By Steve Magnante

 

As we celebrate 50 years of 426 HEMI® engine power, let’s remember that Chrysler Corp. actually created three distinct generations of this fabled dome-head power plant. The first generation appeared in Chrysler vehicles in 1951 and — with unique variations for use in Dodge and DeSoto models — was offered through the 1958 model run. The second generation is the one racers love. That’s the mighty 426 HEMI engine of the 1964–1971 era.

 

Of course, the third generation of the HEMI engine is what’s driving so much excitement at Dodge these days. Available in 5.7-, 6.1-, 6.2- and…

Read More
Strong-Arming the HEMI® Engine: 1964 and 1965 HEMI Drivers Got an Added Workout!

The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

1955-Dodge-Royal_Lancer

 

Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 4 in the series.

 

The 1950s were an exciting time at Dodge. The decade featured a long, impressive list of engineering innovations and bold, new styling that led the American auto industry.

 

With its sibling brands at the Chrysler Corporation — Plymouth, DeSoto and Chrysler — Dodge introduced the Forward Look in 1955. This unique styling language, developed by Vice President of Design Virgil Exner, featured sleek, swept-back lines, aggressive grille openings and dramatic tail…

Read More
The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

A Spring Fest Roundup of 5.7-Liter HEMI® Engine Cover Artwork

By Steve Magnante

 

Spring-Fest-9

 

 

The ninth annual Spring Festival of LXs is now over, and its 1,200-plus participants are — by now — back to work and getting set for next year’s event. I’m still amazed by the variety of modern Dodge LX-based cars that turned out. We saw 4-door Magnum wagons, 4-door Charger sedans and 2-door Challenger pony cars, most of which packed 5.7-liter HEMI® power beneath their sleek hoods.

 

Here’s the thing about the 5.7-liter HEMI — unless you’re talking about the just-released Shaker hood scoop option for Challengers, the 5.7…

Read More
A Spring Fest Roundup of 5.7-Liter HEMI® Engine Cover Artwork