This is a book of contemporary road and
comparison tests, model introductions, technical and specification data,
racing, driver?s impressions. Models covered include: 426 Hemi, 440,
500, 440 Six-Pack, 440 R/T, Charger SE.
A little later than the Mustang Dodge announced
the Charger in the middle of the 1966 season with the top model having a
425bhp 426 Street Hemi motor. Chargers showed well at the NASCAR
superspeedways and had a good performance on the street. The first
generation, which featured the 440 Magnum engine, was replaced in 1968.
Minor cosmetic changes kept the car fresh until reorganisation in 1971
brought in a 115-inch wheelbase to minimise weight gain as emissions
controls took their toll on power output. By 1974 the Hemi ceased to be
an option when all engines were tuned for low-lead gasoline but the
Charger remained until 1974 when the name was transferred to a personal