Comeback Cars: Deceased Vehicles That Made Miraculous Recoveries

Dodge Challenger | 1970–1974, 1978–1984
Original Base Price: $3,023
The Dodge Challenger may have been a little late to the pony-car party — the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang were both already on sale — but the Challenger certainly made a splash and is still one of the best-known muscle cars of the 1970s. Challenger shared a platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, although it had a longer wheelbase that provided a roomier cabin. Challenger was available as a coupe or convertible in a variety of trims, but it was the range of engines that really made it stand out. Nine different power units were available, ranging from a 145-horsepower six cylinder to the legendary 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8 generating 425 horsepower. With colors such as Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange as well as optional shaker hoods and big wings, the Challenger screamed performance. The original Challenger was short lived, ending production after the 1974 model year. A few years later Dodge slapped the Challenger name on an undeserving 2-door coupe imported from Mitsubishi; it had a base powerplant that produced a paltry 77 horsepower — a seemingly sad ending to the Challenger name.

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