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Dodge Challenger Then and Now

As a well-respected car that has lasted through generations, the Dodge Challenger has endured its fair share of changes over the years. So how is it different now? Let’s take a look.

The first model, the 1970 Dodge Challenger, came with a whopping eight body styles, including convertible and hardtop versions, both with two doors. A variety of engine options was available for those who craved a little extra speed with this muscle car. Additionally, a dual exhaust could be had on some models. Four different hood styles were offered, though the standard style was almost flat, except for the small peak that ran down the center of the hood. For a flashier model, metallic paint colors were available alongside their flat color options. The 1970 Dodge Challenger (standard) featured a 225 cubic inch engine with a three-speed manual transmission.

What is a Hemi Engine

What is a Hemi Engine

1968 HemiIf you’ve ever wondered, “What is a hemi engine?” you are not alone. Car lovers speak of the hemi as if it were the best thing you could have under your hood. The term Hemi comes from the word hemisphere and is used to describe an internal combustion engine in which the cylinders in the combustion chamber are topped with a hemispherical roof.

1972 Plymouth Duster

Oh, the 1970s. Some of us remember them fondly, while others see bad fashion choices looking back through the picture frame. As with anything, there were good moments and bad, highlights and less exciting moments. In the early 1970s, Plymouth was excited to add a little something exciting to one of its models. The Plymouth Duster made its appearance in 1970 as a compliment to the existing Plymouth Valiant. The Duster served as the performance version of the classic car, the Valiant.

1972 Ford Gran Torino

Among the most popular muscle cars in American automotive history is the Ford Gran Torino. Featured in movies and other forms of popular culture, it represents a unique time in automobile history because of its ability to compete with other muscle cars which were just as exciting then as they are now. The Gran Torino was produced from 1968 until 1976, and it was named after an Italian city called Turin. Though it is still a popular muscle car, this was not the most powerful or the fastest car of its time. Take a look below as we examine one model year of the Ford Gran Torino.

1969 Buick Gran Sport

1969 Buick Gran Sport:

Many great classic cars and muscle cars begin as an option for an entirely different car before proving their worth in the auto industry. For some, it can take years to show just how popular the option could be as its own model, but for others, it becomes obvious very quickly that it should be much more than an option. The Buick Gran Sport is just one example of a car which originally began as an option, and in this case, the classic car Gran Sport was considered an optional package for the Buick Skylark when it was first introduced. The story of the Gran Sport began in 1965, and it would continue until 1975.

1953 Pontiac Chieftain

Pontiac, a division of General Motors, took advantage of the post-war era that quickly followed the end of World War II. As troops made their way home and young families began to grow across the United States, there came a need for a fresh look on automobiles. The division worked hard and fast to produce a car that was all new. During the war years, only minor changes had been made to existing models for various reasons. Once those years were over, Pontiac, along with other manufacturers, developed very different-looking cars. For Pontiac, the Chieftain was the perfect vehicle to usher in the post-war era of vehicles.

1973 AMC Matador

With a little Spanish flair, at least in the name, the 1973 AMC Matador had a hard time exciting the masses. In large part, these vehicles seemed to be the choice of the older generations. The new drivers of the early 1970s were simply more excited about the idea of driving a flashy new muscle car that could roar down the road and turn the heads of passersby along the way. Like many classic cars of its day, the 1973 AMC Matador was a bit boxy on the outside, though not necessarily unattractively so.

Remember the 1954 Hudson Jet?

At times, a vehicle is produced with the best of intentions, but simply cannot withstand the ultimate test: pleasing the masses and cornering a market.  The Hudson Jet is one such example, and has become something of a black sheep in the Hudson Motor Company history. Often referred to as the “car that torpedoed Hudson,” as historian Richard Langworth dubbed it, since Hudson Motor Company went out of business shortly after the car’s sales fell short of its expectations. Though the car was not popular in its day, it is now a rare car due to its low production numbers, and many owners are pleased to have one.

British Auto: 1977 MGB

The 1977 MGB is a unique- looking foreign car which certainly stands apart from the more stereotypical American classic cars from the 1970s. Assembled under the direction of British car maker MG Cars, this sports car is one classified as a roadster.  Succeeding its predecessor, the MGA, the MGB was first introduced in 1962 and had a respectable run before it came to an end in 1980. Relatively few were produced, totaling about 399,000 units in its 19-year run.

1965 Pontiac Catalina

As an elongated low-riding model, the 1965 Pontiac Catalina offered many options from color and performance to engine upgrades. The full size two-door hardtop and convertible versions of the Catalina had the ability to use Pontiac’s 421 cid engine, despite the infamous General Motors ban on engines larger than 400 cid. The ban was in effect for intermediate vehicles, allowing the Catalina to skirt the rule because of its status as a full-size vehicle. This fastback further impressed with the addition of the “2+2” package option, which included the bigger engine among a handful of other upgrades. This option was phased out only 2 years later, in 1967, because it simply didn’t achieve the overwhelming successes of the GTO.