Cars That Stand the Test of Time

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Dodge Charger
Introduced: 1966
Making its debut on January 1, 1966, the Charger had a Dodge Coronet chassis but its own body style — the brand’s first fastback, built as a high-speed street racer. The unique design evolved from the Charger II concept car shown a year earlier, featuring hidden headlights and four buckets seats. Standard power came from a 5.2-liter V8 engine with 230 ponies, but a massive optional 426 cubic-inch HEMI engine boasting 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque really put Charger on the map. Sales were not tremendous in the first few years of production, so in 1968 the Charger was restyled, greatly improving the muscle car’s popularity and eventually becoming one of the most historic Chargers. By the late 1970s the Charger had become more luxury car than performance machine, and in 1982 the Charger had a brief run as a small front-wheel-drive coupe before ending production in 1987.

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