1970 Dodge Charger
The 1970 Dodge Charger was one of the finest models for this classic American muscle car from Chrysler. The car company was a little late to the game when it came to specialty cars, but by 1966, they knew they needed something to compete with those being made by Ford and GM. Dodge also wanted a car for the new street version of their 426-cid Hemi engine. The Charger filled a previously empty performance void for Dodge.
First presented in 1966, the early Chargers were all fastbacks and were based on the chassis of the Coronet. As part of the second generation, the 1970 Dodge Charger drifted further from its origins in the Coronet. By 1970, the Charger was redesigned to look more refined and to be slightly less expensive than its predecessors. The front bumper of the 1970 Dodge Charger received an overhaul and featured wraparound chrome with no division down the middle. The base model became cheaper by getting a bench seat, eliminating door pockets, and using simpler windows. The features became optional add-ons. Buyers of the 1970 Dodge Charger could choose from the base model, the 500, and the R/T. Previously, the 500 had only been available as a limited production NASCAR vehicle. Both the R/T and 500 could be had with the SE, or special edition, trim package, giving consumers the option of a true muscle car with luxury features like leather bucket seats.
The engine options for the 1970 Dodge Charger were varied and numerous and ranged from 225- to 440-cubic inches. This included the 426-cubic inch Hemi as well as a new engine for 1970, the 390-horsepower, 440-cubic inch Six Pack. The Six Pack had three two-barrel carburetors and was also used in the Dodge Super Bee and the Plymouth Road Runner. The impressive new engine became famous for beating the Hemi in races. In spite of the Six Pack and the clout it brought with it, sales for the 1970 Dodge Charger were down and the brand started a new generation with updates for the following model year.
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