Dodge Charger Used Car Buyer's Guide
Dodge Charger: Used Car Buyer's Guide
After a hiatus of some 19 years, Dodge reintroduced the Charger in 2006, to considerable acclaim. Taking the car back to its rear-drive roots with powerful V8 options, the rejuvenated Charger was more like the original 1960’s Charger, than the front-drive Dodge Omni-based “Charger” of the late 1980’s.
Back in 1966, the pony car wars were in full swing and Dodge’s flag bearer in its campaigns was the Charger. Based on Dodge’s mainstream Coronet sedan, the Charger benefited from a significant halo effect generated by its association with a massive 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 churning out some 425 horsepower. Of course, just as today, there were more civil engines available for the car as well, starting with a 5.2-liter (318 cubic-inch) V8 which made only 230 horsepower.
As time went on and the fuel crises of the 1970’s, along with sharp increases in insurance rates set in, just as with all the 60’s muscle cars, the Charger found itself facing numbered days and was discontinued—until…
…1982, when the nameplate was resurrected for a Chrysler K-Car based “sporty” coupe — the most potent of which was the 1987 Shelby Charger GLH-S. As the name implies, legendary racer and auto tuner Carroll Shelby set a team of his good-ole-boys loose on the front drive econo-arrow’s 2.2-liter turbocharged inline four. With considerable reworking of the intake, the group managed to coax 175 horsepower from the car’s engine.
And that was it for the Charger—until…