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1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

 

Strange but true: The first Dodge to wear the Dart nameplate wasn’t a compact sedan like the 2013 Dodge Dart. It was a mid-sized sedan produced from 1960 to 1963. Stranger yet: The name originally chosen for this car wasn’t Dart. It was Zipp.

 

How’s that for a car name—Zipp? Reportedly, the name tested extremely well in consumer surveys.

 

However, the Zipp name was dropped before introduction (fortunately, perhaps) in favor of Dart, and this first generation…

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1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1973 Dodge Monaco

1973 Dodge Monaco

 

The elegant Monaco was the top of the line in two-door hardtops from Dodge in 1973. On the strength of its 122-inch wheelbase and enormous, almost living-room-sized interior, Dodge called the big cruiser “one of the roomiest and most comfortable cars on the road regardless of price, ” and justifiably so.

 

Loaded with features, the Monaco’s standard equipment included power steering, power disc brakes,
electric clock, and wood-grain interior trim….

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1973 Dodge Monaco

Happy HEMI Day!

Hemi Day

 

It’s April 26,  and you know what that means, Dodge fans: It’s National HEMI day. 4/26 = 426. Let’s celebrate!

 

The legendary 426 HEMI V8 was born back in late 1963 when Chrysler performance engineers, led by group manager Tom Hoover, decided to up the ante in NASCAR and on the drag strips, where the Dodge brand was already a top performer.

 

Starting with the sturdy block and reciprocating assembly from the winning 426-cubic-inch Max Wedge engine,…

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Happy HEMI Day!