The Dodge Charger Profile – A Sporty Daredevil
The first generation of the Dodge Charger came onto the market in 1966, but those responsible quickly came to the conclusion that it was too cumbersome in appearance.
Therefore, just two years later, the second generation was launched, which was to become the most successful model series. Not least the appearance in “Bullitt” underlined the sporty daredevil image. While the Mustang was designed to appeal to a broader clientele with its slim lines, Dodge went all out with the Charger.
It was mainly the youngsters who were attracted by the prospect of winning the prize in traffic light sprints against like-minded people. Accordingly, the engine should be examined more closely. If Desperados used all means to increase the performance of the actually solid V8 engines, caution is advised.
RUST IS THE DODGE CHARGER’S ARCHENEMY
Like its competitor, the Ford Mustang, the real main issue is rust. The body is actually too long for reasons of space economy, so there are some jagged sheet metal parts with corners and edges in the front area that favour rust infestation.
The recessed radiator grille should also be examined carefully. The underbody, floor pans, sills and the area around the leaf spring mounts should also be in good condition, otherwise extensive work will be required.
Even though the Charger is not really overflowing with electrics, the components should pass a function test. Spare parts are not easy to find and install, so at best they should just work. This applies in particular to the headlamp bezels.
A MUSCLEMAN WITH A V8 ENGINE
When you start the engine, it’s clear that the Dodge has lost none of its appeal. It is also clear that a carefully maintained and restored model need fear no duel. Certainly, any prospective buyer should be aware that in terms of handling, ride and drum braking, an American muscle car is not a crisp sports car.
But if you take a close look at the weak points and pay attention to proper maintenance and good condition of the engines, you can acquire a good piece of American automobile history for about 30,000 GBP. And, incidentally, feel like Bullitt himself when you sprint off at the traffic lights.
Text: Paolo Ollig Pictures: Roman Rätzke / ChromeCars
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