THE BEAST BENEATH THE POPULAR DODGE CHARGER


Publish date: 2016-05-10 10:46:27
1966 dodge charger fastback

This car is not your typical everyone’s favorite car. The Dodge charger started to become popular with the 1966-67 fastback. According to others the two years reminded them of the AMC Marlin of later years. 68, 69, and 70’s models was my favorite though the 1966-67 is not that bad.

red 1966 dodge charger

On January 1, 1966, viewers of the Rose Bowl were first introduced to the new “Leader of the Dodge Rebellion”, the 1966 Charger. The Charger’s debut also followed by a half model year the introduction of a new street version of the 426 cu in (7.0 L)Chrysler Hemi engine. With the Charger, Dodge had a new model to build a performance image to go along with this engine.

Designed by Carl “CAM” Cameron, the Dodge Charger introduced a fastback roofline and a pot-metal “electric shaver” grille. The grille used fully rotating headlights (180 degree) that when opened or closed made the grille look like one-piece unit. Hidden headlamps were a feature not seen on a Chrysler product since the 1942 Desoto. In the rear of the new Dodge, the fastback design ended over a full-width six-lamp taillight that featured chromed “CHARGER” lettering.

1966 Dodge Hemi Charger Fastback Coupe

Inside, the standard Charger featured a simulated wood-grain steering wheel, four individual bucket seats with a full length console from front to rear. The rear seats and rear center armrest pad also folded forward while the trunk divider dropped back, which allowed for generous cargo room. Numerous interior features were exclusive to the Charger including door panels, courtesy lights, as well as premium trim and vinyl upholstery. The instrument panel did not use regular bulbs to light the gauges, but rather electroluminescence lit the four chrome-ringed circular dash pods, needles, and radio, shifter-position indicator in the console, as well as clock and air conditioning controls if equipped. The dash housed a 0 to 6000 rpm tachometer, a 0 to 150 mph (240 km/h) speedometer, as well as alternator, fuel, and temperature gauges as standard equipment.

1966 dodge charger red

Engine selections consisted of only V8s, though a straight-six engine became standard by 1968. 1966 transmissions included a three-speed steering-column mounted manual with the base engine, a console mounted four-speed manual, or three-speed automatic. In 1966, four engines were offered: the base-model 318 cu in (5.2 L) 2-barrel, the 361 cu in (5.9 L) 2-barrel, the 383 cu in (6.3 L) 4-barrel, and the new 426 Street Hemi. Only 468 Chargers were built with the 426.

Total production in 1966 came to 37,344 units for the mid-model year introduction

This car is s iconic, breath taking and gorgeous since it is used for TV shows and movies. It came standard with the 383 engine and could go to a 440 and the rare 426.

References & Photos:

http://fastmusclecar.com/readers-rides/the-classic-dodge-charger/

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