The First Gen 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

Esplanade Grand Prix Front

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Having an older car in today’s modern world is a big deal in many circles. One such old car is the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix.

1963 Pontiac Grand Prix Specs

The 63 Grand Prix had a 330 Horse Power 389 Tri-Power while also having three different varieties of the larger 421ci engine which was first introduced with this model car.

This powerful machine was part of the first generation Pontiac Grand Prix’s, which ran from 1962 through 1968, with only a few small changes occurring the first two years.

Along with the different motors to give the car a more get up and go there has been a new split grill that comes with an innovative design for headlights for its time on the 63 Grand Prix.

’63 Grand Prix Production Run

With this model of Grand Prix, the production more than doubled any of the previous other versions due to the demand from consumers and how pleased they were with introductions to various features on the new model Grand Prix.

The makers of this car over at Pontiac really put a lot of thought into it when designing this new model of the Grand Prix. They really went all out as far as adding new features that would really entice new customers to their line of cars for that year and it shows around every corner of the vehicle.

Not only did they change the lighting for the Grand Prix along with the engine, but they also added new windows. This really give the car a more modern look for its time frame, and it’s safe to say that they succeeded in any attempt they were going for by tenfold, which is why so many people were attracted to this car.

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Against All Odds: The 1972 Firebird

The beautiful, sleek 1972 Pontiac Firebird was only in production for a little over half of the year. Read on to pick up details on the reduced production run and industry challenges Pontiac faced in 1972, leading to a diminished number of Firebirds for 1972, making them one of the rarest Firebird models.

1972 Pontiac Firebird

72 Firebird image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1972 Pontiac Firebird) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Weak Sales and a Strike Effect on ’72 Firebird Production Numbers

The low sales of the 71 Firebird and the looming end of the muscle car era began the difficult year the 1972 Pontiac Firebird would face. GM almost decided to scrap the model from the beginning, ultimately producing only 29,951 Firebirds compared to the 53,124 of the previous year. This was primarily due to 174-day strike at the plant in Norwood, OH, which was the only plant producing Firebirds at the time. When work finally resumed in September, GM was forced to scrap 1100 unfinished cars that would not be able to meet new impact requirements set to take effect in 1973.

Government Regulation Changes Affected the Firebird Production Run for ’72

Adding to the already rocky year of the Firebird, new industry horsepower regulations were put in place which allowed only net ratings to be listed. Since the required net ratings were about 20% lower than the actual capabilities, the Firebird’s performance appeared substantially reduced. The new standard allowed nothing over 300hp, so the recently introduced 455ci, available in the Formula, was listed at the required net 300hp instead of the higher potential of 355hp. The respectable 350 V8 in the Esprit was dropped from its original rating of 215 to 160 bhp, while the base model I6 was dropped to just 110bhp.

Pontiac’s Half-Hearted Interest in the ’72 Firebird

Due to the GMs lack of interest in the project, the 72 Firebird came with only a few changes. The new honeycomb grill matched the honeycomb wheels and vinyl upholstery was offered, the front fender gills removed. Ten new factory exterior colors were added, while ten more were removed. Transmission options included 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, H.D. 3-speed manual, H.D. 4-speed manual and 3-speed Turbo Hydro-Matic.

References:
Myclassicgarage.com
Cargurus.com
Tran-zam.com
Pontiacpower.net

 

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The Search for a 1971 Pontiac Firebird

I was recently contacted through the site by a woman looking to buy a 1971 Pontiac Firebird for her husband, and I was touched by her story. With her permission, I am sharing her story here.

71 Firebird

1971 Pontiac Firebird image by Niels de Wit from Lunteren, The Netherlands (1971 Pontiac Firebird) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Story of an Ill-Fated Romance and a ’71 Pontiac Firebird

Gina and her husband, Mike, met in high school, but they weren’t high school sweethearts. I fact, they pretty much hated each other back then.

He was a kid from a poor family that didn’t have much, and he watched over and over as his friends who had cars of their own got the girls. So, like any kid who didn’t have rich parents and who wanted a car back then, he got an after school job. His first car, you guessed it, a 1971 Pontiac Firebird, white, like the one in the picture *though that one wasn’t his.

Gina’s dad was a lawyer, and she was (by her own description) kind of an uppity snot. She had always seen Mike around school and found him kind of annoying.

Flash forward five years, graduation is history and real life is kicking in for these kids. Mike has found a pretty good job and he’s still enjoying his Firebird. Gina is struggling in college and has fallen out of her Dad’s good graces.

On her way to final exams, her car breaks down and she’s standing beside it crying when who pulls up but Mike in his Firebird. He gets her to class and goes back to get her car running. They fell for each other shortly after and he eventually gave up his Firebird to make room in the garage for a family car.

Flash forward again, to today, Mike is sick, struggling with a heart condition and trying to get diabetes under control, too. Gina has decided that one very special thing would add some comfort to his life — having his old Pontiac back, or one like it.

The lady is on a quest to find a 1971 Pontiac Firebird she can buy for her hubby to give him some inspiration in his recovery time. She said even if it’s a project car or some other color, she can get it fixed up to surprise him.

So, because of this site having a classifieds section that specializes in classic cars, she asked if I would share her story and help her find her husband’s dream car.

1971 Pontiac Firebird Specs and History

History of the Firebird

The 1971 Pontiac Firebird Specs are a perfect example of the embodiment of a classic american muscle car. Looking at the options list it is easy to see that the car came with a huge variety of different specifications.

’71 Firebird Engine Options

The ’71 Firebird had a massive list of engine options that you could spec the car with from the factory. For example, you could get the 1971 Pontiac Firebird with an engine as small as a 231cu inch (3.8L) V-6 up to a 455cu inch (7.5L) V-8.

These engines gave the 1971 Pontiac Firebird power ranging from 155 horsepower to 335 horsepower.

Total Production Run for the ’71 Firebird

In 1971 there were a total of 53,125 total firebirds produced with most being V8s. Only 2,975 of the 1971 models were 6 cylinder versions.

Tranny Options for the Firebird in 1971

This had 5 different transmission options which included a 3-speed, 4-speed, 3-speed turbo, heavy duty 4-speed, and a H.D. 3-speed.

Interestingly enough the top of the line HO engine included a function Ram Air scoop.

1971 Firebird Performance

The top of the line 1971 Firebird with the 455ci engine which boasted 335bhp could reach a 0-60 time of around 5.9 seconds. The car would hit the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 103mph.

’71 Pontiac Firebird Design

The car could be optioned from the factory with 15 different exterior colors and 6 interior colors. This means that the car could in 90 unique configurations straight from the Pontiac Factory.

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The Second Generation Pontiac Firebird: 1970 Pontiac Firebird

The 1970 Pontiac Firebird line ushered out the coke-body style of the first gen Pontiac Firebirds and ushered in a new line of sleek, elongated elegance to the muscle car genre.

1970 Pontiac Firebird 400

1970 Pontiac Firebird 400 image by Sicnag (1970 Pontiac Firebird 400) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

New Features for the ’70 Pontiac Firebird

The image of the Firebird above gives you a great view of some of the 1970 Firebird’s most important design changes. As noted by Old Ride, the bumper was molded from a rubbery plastic called Endura and then painted to match the rest of the car. This created a the illusion of the car being bumperless. The above image also provides a nice view of the single headlights and the split, layered side markers. Flush door handles were also a new feature for the 1970 models, but the handles are harder to see in this particular image.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Production Numbers

A total of 43,789 Firebirds rolled off the production line for 1970. These models didn’t begin selling until February of 1970, according to Edmunds, causing some to describe this year’s lineup as the 1970-1/2 Firebird.

  • Firebird Base Model: A total of 3,184 base model 6-cylinder Firebirds were produced in 1970
  • Firebird Base Model: A total of 15,740 base model 8-cylinder Firebirds were made and sold
  • Firebird Esprit: For 1970, 18,961 models of the Firebird Esprit were produced, making the Esprit the most readily available model of 1970 Firebird
  • Firebird Formula 400: A total of 7.708 Firebird Formula 400 models were produced (The Formula 400 is the silver model shown in the image above, and it featured hood scoops and an interior console between the front seats.)
  • Firebird Trans Am Ram Air III: The Ram Air III production run created a total of 3,108 models
  • Firebird Trans Am Ram Air IV: The Ram Air IV was the most rare of the ’70 Firebirds, with only 88 produced
1970 Pontiac Firebird

1970 Pontiac Firebird image courtesy of Pixabay

’70 Firebird Trans Am Packages

The Trans Am designation was the result of the addition of a Firebird specialty package. On all the Trans Am models, the package delivered upgraded handling, stronger suspension, and more horsepower, plus a few modifications that ramped up the appearance of the base Firebirds, like Ram Air hoods, rear spoilers, fog lights seated low in the Endura bumpers, and custom wheels.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Specs

A few last things to note on the 1970 Firebird are its weight and dimensions. According to Auto Evolution, the ’70 Firebird weighed in at 3,239 pounds and measured 191.6 inches in total length with a wheelbase measurement of  108 inches. The Firebird’s total height was 50.4 inches and it measured 73.4 inches in width.

By Laure Justice

1970 Pontiac Firebirds for Sale

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1966 Chevy Nova is a Classic Show Stopping Coupe

If you are looking for a classic car that (possibly) won’t break the bank, has the powerful base specifications of a muscle car, and offers multiple opportunities for modification you may want to take a closer look at an American classic by the name of the Chevy Nova.

1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Hardtop

1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Hardtop Coupe image by Sicnag (1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Hardtop) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Origins of the ’66 Chevy Nova

Originally known as the Chevy II Nova, 1966 was a banner year for the car that would eventually become a staple of General Motors automotive catalog. The 66 Nova flew off the sales lots, accounting for 20,986 units sold, and for good reason. It combined a certain subtlety with supercar flair and redefined what a sport coupe could be.

1966 Chevy Nova Engine Specs

The 1966 Nova featured a powerful yet economical six cylinder engine that boasted 350 horsepower and forged high-compression pistons. Its engine included big valve heads, aluminum intake mounting, and performance profile camshaft that all combined to enable performance that was indistinguishable from many of the eras sports cars and hot rods. Its small frame of less than 3000 pounds let the power of the engine get the most bang for its buck.

A Classy, Under-Rated Sports Coupe

While some modern car fanatics might not put much stock in the ’66 Chevy Nova, this highly underrated sports coupe packed a lot of power into its small frame and outclassed some of its competition, including the beloved Chevelle, in terms of performance. It distinguished itself visually with wide rocker panels and an aluminum deck lid cove that brightened its trim significantly.

The Often Imitated, Never Duplicated ’66 Nova

The 1966 Chevy Nova was an influential automobile that was often imitated but never duplicated in the next two model years. Novas of the next few years adhered to the model specifications very closely because the prevailing attitude was that very little could be done to improve on it. With a tacit endorsement like that, you may wonder why the brand doesn’t have more recognition or gearheads singing its praises. It may have more to do with general dissatisfaction with its iterations in the early 1970s and its relaunch as a subcompact in the 1980s than the actual performance of the 1960s models.

Take a closer look at the Chevy Nova for 1966. It won’t let you down.

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1968 Dodge Charger: A Muscle Car Legacy

Some words evoke a smile for almost any car enthusiast. Mopar is one of them, always will be. Even for car enthusiasts who prefer a Ford or a Chevy, there’s no denying the impact Chrysler muscle cars made through the 60’s and 70’s. Although most car companies had a “hot rod”, the 1968 Dodge Charger was one that truly stood out.

1968 Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge Charger image by dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1968 Dodge Charger) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The 68 Charger was actually the second generation of this Charger line. “Charger” packages were offered on some models since 1964, like the Dart GT, but the first actual Chargers were released in 66. These first generation cars weren’t really much more than a souped up Coronet, and sales were slow in the muscle-hungry performance car market. Then, in 1968, Chrysler got serious about competing for the expanding market for muscle, and the second gen Chargers began what would become a muscle car legacy.

1968 Dodge Charger

1968 Dodge Charger image by sv1ambo (1968 Dodge Charger) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’68 Charger and Charger RT feature what’s referred to as the Coke-body style due to the long, sleek lines, and its low stance add to the aerodynamics (and the appealing appearance) of the vehicle. As noted by Old Ride, the 1968 Charger measures 77 inches wide and 208 inches long with a 117-inch wheel base.

Under the Hood: Dodge V8 Engines Offered for the 1968 Charger

  1. 225 cubic inch 1bbl – A straight six that strained to push the two tons to anything resembling performance. Only about 500 were made.
  2. 318 cubic inch 2bbl V-8 – Base level power plants that did the job, but not much more.
  3. 383 cubic inch 2bbl and 4bbl V-8 – A true high performance upgrade from the small block 318.
  4. 440 cubic inch 4bbl V-8 – At 375 horsepower, this was the standard engine for the Charger R/T. The 440 magnum is an icon of the muscle car era.
  5. 426 cubic inch 2 x 4 bbl RB V-8 Hemi- Now we’re talking. The 425 hp rating is generally considered to be a lowball figure. Most estimates put it well over 500 horses.

The iconic styling played a part in the car’s popularity, but it was the muscle that made the 1968 Dodge Charger the legend that it is today.

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro: Formerly Code Name Panther

The 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is a first generation GM pony car, which, before the 1967’s, with the same body style,  hit the market was referred to a “Panther” by company execs. When asked about the curious designation, according to We Love Camaros, the GM executives would playfully respond that the “Panther” is a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs. This was due to the fact that the first gen Camaro was released, along with the first gen Pontiac Firebird to compete directly with the extremely popular Ford Mustang.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro image by dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1968 Chevrolet Camaro) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Information

The 1968 Chevy Camaro was given a handful of designations over the years, including pony car, muscle car, intermediate touring car, and sports car. No matter what term was used to describe it, however, it was a wildly popular ride, and still is today.

A total of 245,147 Camaros were produced for 1968, with the majority of  those being the base coupe according to Old Ride. Other models included the base convertible, the Rally Sport Camaro, the Camaro SS, and the Z/28 Camaro.

The Six-Cylinder 1968 Chevy Camaros

The six cylinder Camaros for 1968 included the Series 23 Camaro Sport Coupe (with almost 50,000 produced) and the Series 23 Camaro Convertible (with under 3,000 made), as noted by 1968SS.

The Selection of 8-Cylinder ’68 Camaros

A total of eight 8-cylinder options were offered for the ’68 Camaro, according to My Classic Garage. These options included:

  1. The 302 cubic inch 290hp engine in the Z/28
  2. The 327 cubic inch 275hp engine in the L30
  3. The 327 cid 210hp engine in the standard model V8
  4. The 350 cubic inch 295hp engine in the L48
  5. The 396 cid 375hp engine in the L78
  6. The 396 cubic inch 325hp in the L35
  7. The 396 cid 350hp engine in the L34
  8. The 427 cubic inch 425hp engine in the L72

1968 Camaro Dimensions

In comparison to a lot of other cars in the market for 1968, the Camaro was fairly small and light, and the combination of its light weight and powerful engines drop it squarely in the heart of the muscle car genre.

The car’s total length is 184.7 inches and its wheel base comes in at 108 inches. The Camaro for ’68 measures 51.5 inches tall and 72.6 inches wide. The nickname Panther may have been an insider’s joke before the first gen Camaros hit the market, but its sleek stance and powerful performance delivered a certain amount of raw magnetism and appeal that’s not unlike the panther and kind of unusual to find in a machine.

By Laure Justice

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The Phenomenon Of The 1965 Ford Mustang

The 1965 Ford Mustang is a pony car that’s been making history since it first hit the market, and it’s easy to see why. Its sleek lines and the throaty growl of its powerful V8 engine make this a ride that’s a thrill to drive and a pleasure to look at whether it’s parked or cruising down the street.

1965 Mustang Hardtop Coupe

1965 Ford Mustang image courtesy of Pixabay

1965 Ford Mustang History

Whirling in the mind of a young Lee Iacocca, was the concept of introducing a reasonably priced sports car to a youth flooded car market. So, in April 1964 at the Worlds Fair, the first Ford Mustang was introduced. The response was tremendous. Nearly 700,000 buyers weighed in and the popularity of this car was established.

’65 Mustang First Release Sales Records

The Mustang was Ford’s response to the popular Chevrolet Corvair. But, much more than that, it set the stage for the muscle car era. The 65 “‘tang” made the cover of Time and Newsweek before it hit the market to entice an awaiting buyer. The first release of this car made a sales record for the car industry.

’65 Mustang V8 engines

The basic car had a 101-horsepower six-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission floor shift, but quickly, a 260-cubic-inch V-8 with 164 horsepower was offered. The 289-cubic-inch version of that V-8 with 200, 225 and 271 horsepower were the next available options. The 260 and the 289 caught the attention of Carroll Shelby and were placed in his Cobra cars. The V8 engines sold 3-to-1 over the 6-cylinder motors.

2+2 Fastback Mustang

The fastback design evolved as a collaboration between Ford and Carroll Shelby. Two engine versions were introduced. One with a 306hp as a street version and the other 360hp (GT-350R) that was ready to race. Thus the highly collectible Shelby Mustang fastback made its appearance.

’65 Mustang Hardtop Coupe

The hardtop (the model shown in the image above) was the most popular of the Mustang designs in 1965. Ford sold over 500,000 hardtop models. That was heads over the convertible and fastback models.

Mustang ’65 Convertible

The first run of the Mustang was 1964 & 1/2 that included the coupe and the convertible. The Convertible sold to over 100,000 buyers.

The 1965 Ford Mustang is still as popular among automotive enthusiasts today as when it was first introduced.

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Resources:

  • http://classicponycars.com/history.html
  • http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/1965_ford_mustang.html
  • https://myclassicgarage.com/marketplace/knowledge_base/1965-ford-mustang

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The Story Behind the 1959 Chevrolet El Camino

The first gen 1959 Chevrolet El Camino is considered a coupé pickup because it merged the lines of a car with the utility of a farm truck, and it was a design with a lot of history behind its making.

59 Chevrolet El Camino

1959 Chevy El Camino image by Vegavairbob at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The History Behind the Creation of the 1959 Chevy El Camino

Long before there was a sporty coupe pickup with great fins and an edgy stance: long before anyone had ever looked at a tough little car-truck and whispered the name El Camino, there was an Australian woman who wanted a nice church ride that could haul some pigs, too.

The story behind the creation of coupé pickups, like the ’59 El Camino, goes back to the early 1930’s, when the wife of an Australian farmer wrote a letter to the Ford Australia company asking for a vehicle that would be suitable to take to church on Sunday and then haul hogs to market on Monday. Then, a few years of development and competition led us to the delivery of the first generation Chevy El Camino hitting the streets.

1959 El Camino

1959 El Camino image By allen watkin from London, UK (1959 El Camino) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

’59 El Camino Specs

With an overall length of 210.9 inches and a wheelbase of 119 inches, the front engine, rear wheel drive ’59 Chevy El Camino stood 56.4 inches tall and came in the buyer’s choice of two series.

The 1959 El Camino 1100 series was the six cylinder model while the 1200 series delivered the power of a V8 engine.

Engine Options for the ’59 El Camino

Seven different engine options were offered in the 22,246 Chevrolet El Caminos produced in 1959:

  1. The 1-bbl 235 ci engine that delivered 135 horsepower
  2. The 2-bbl 283 ci V8 that offered drivers 185 hp
  3. The 4-bbl 283 ci V8 that provided 230 horsepower
  4. The 4-bbl 348 ci V8 with its 250 hp delivery
  5. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci V8 that offered 280 hp
  6. The 4-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 that provided 300 horsepower
  7. The 3×2-bbl 348 ci High-Lift Cam V8 and its 315 hp delivery

1959 El Camino Transmission Options

A total of five different engine transmission options were offered in the 1959 El Camino models, including: a 3-speed manual, a 3-speed overdrive manual, a 4-speed manual, a 2-speed PowerGlide automatic, and a 3-speed TurboGlide automatic.

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1964 Dodge Polara Outshines Most Other Muscle Cars

Chrysler’s 1964 Dodge Polara

1964 Dodge Polara

1964 Dodge Polara image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1964 Dodge Polara) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sleek with shiny chrome galore, this beauty of a classic car, designed in hard top and convertible models is extremely desirable. Under the hood lies the V8 318 engine with a high performance torque of 461 Nm / 340 lb-ft that responds well to acceleration with a 3-gear manual shift stick on the floor. (Other engine options offered in the 1964 Dodge Polara are detailed below.) The 4-Door Sedan holds large capacity bucket front seats and roomy back seating popular for 1960 autos.

1964 Dodge Polara Holds Up Against Stiff Competition

This model from Dodge production began in 1960, where a full-sized car was popular and in demand. In 1962, the Polara was “downsized” slightly where it remained this smaller size until its replacement in 1973, the Dodge Monaco. Its two main competitors were the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala.

'64 Dodge Polara

’64 Dodge Polara image by Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 64 Polara Popularity Highly Profitable for Dodge

The Big Three in automobile manufacturing companies, Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet worked hard to distinguish their styles as innovative and unique in character, speed, performance, and appearance. The Polara’s back fins, stacked rear lights and front chrome grill was customized by designers to stand out among this competition, and it served them well. Through trial and error, a superior and sought-after automobile primarily because of its appearance showed increased sales, starting in 1965.

Mopar: Chrysler’s Nickname For Motor Parts

Clamoring to produce a car, model and lingo that would prove state-of-art and appeal to American drivers, there are two meanings for the term: Motor Parts, and Massively Over Powered And Respected.

Dodge V8 Engine For Speed and Performance

In a day of small cars without heavy weight chrome, large-scale engine sizes and seating and focus on mileage and environmentally-protective features, power under the hood is what attracts muscle car lovers. V8 engine cars competed on how quickly their engines could drag-race to reach 0-60mph.

Engine and transmission options, as detailed by Automobile Catalog, for the ’64 Polara include:

  • The 318 V8
  • The 318 V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl (automatic tranny)
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl 4-speed
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl with the 4-speed transmission
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 426 V8 High-performance 4-speed
  • The 426 V8 High-performance TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 4-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 4-speed

64 Chrysler Corporation Speed Ratings

4.8 seconds for the Dodge Charger rates as number 4/10, only slightly behind Corvette and Cobra. Car popularity ebbs and flows for decades, but Dodge will always stand for high quality in manufacturing autos according to muscle car aficionados!

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