Cars That Stand the Test of Time

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Dodge Challenger
Introduced: 1970
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro had both been on the market for a few years when Dodge introduced its muscle car entry, the Challenger. Slightly longer than the Plymouth Barracuda with which it shared a platform, the Challenger was available as a 2-door hardtop or convertible. A wide range of engines were available for the 1970 Challenger, ranging from a 145-horsepower 6-cylinder unit to the 426-cubic inch HEMI V8 “Elephant Motor” that generated 425 horsepower. Colors such as Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange made the Challenger a visual standout, as did the optional “shaker” hoods and rear wings. The original Challenger was only built for five years; however, it did come back briefly in the late 1970s as a sad little 77-horsepower coupe imported by Mitsubishi.

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