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Dodge Charger 1969 vs 2014
Dodge Charger, Boss Hoss
The Dodge Charger got it’s start as a sporty version of the Dodge Coronet or Rambler Marlin. The 1966 model sported a 426 cubic inch Hemi engine they called the Boss Hoss back then. It sported 425 “Muscular Horsepower”.
The 1966 had a fastback roof. It was an upgrade and improvement over previous models; yet still not the Ferocious Icon that we all know and love. The 1967 model; only moved the turn signals to the fender, otherwise same ole same ole.
1968 New Style
1968 was a major improvement and complete overhaul. I believe this to be the best year of all the Chargers. Designer Richard Sias added curves that previously didn’t exist. Nice round fenders and quarter panels. Supple round rear taillights give it a retro “authentic time period” look. You add the masculine front grill with Hideaway headlights; and you have a Beast to be reckoned with.
The Charger 500 was unleashed at Daytona; also in 1968. It failed against the dreaded Ford Cobra Jet, it's first year out.
Of course the ads were indeed backed up by newfound muscle. The Fitness instructors at Dodge had packed on a few more inches of bicept muscle by upgrading the 426 Hemi to a larger 440 Hemi. Ohh Yes indeed; bigger is better. Just ask the lady with the big gun in her hand.
Advertisement ranged from Our Charger is involved in an eternal Love Triangle between me and my wife” to a girl holding a big gun saying to put down those small personal cars and go charger. Cow-girls seemed to be a major theme to sell to the Cowboy’s who would eventually buy. Every Knight needs his charger.
There was even an add that sported a beautiful girl that wanted you for your mind; because only smart guys would buy a charger. When you compare that to the comical nerd cars of today, it makes you wonder.
1969 was another big year for the Charger. Dodge split the front grill and took out those supple round tail lights for a long flat "spaceship" version. 1969 also marked the year that Charger would make it’s racing debut.
If you’re a youngling then you probably at least recall the Disney Animated Movie Cars. In cars we saw Mr. The King; which was a Richard Petty blue, Dodge Daytona Charger. The Daytona Charger added an aerodynamic nose and humungous rear spoiler. Dodge was asked once why the huge tail wing? The replied; because the trunk wouldn’t open with a smaller one.
The 1969 Charger is the most famous charger of all time. It was the model used as The General Lee in the hit Television show The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979-1985. They simply added a front push bar and some custom wheels and paint. I still remember playing with the hot wheels version in the dirt with my cousin at my grandma’s house. Yee Haw!
1969 Charger "The General Lee"
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Fact in point; the 2011 movie Drive Angry that stars The Ghost-rider himself Nicholas Cage, featured a bodacious babe and a 1969 Dodge Charger.
The 1968-1970 Charger is still a feature star of cinematic action. After all of these years, she's still bankable. In fact she's an antique collectible classic.
Classic car values are at an all time high. The market is absolutely booming.According to Knight Frank's Luxury Investment Index, the average collector car is up 430% in just the past 10 years! Just visit any Barret-Jackson or Mecum auto auctions and you'll see these beauties go for hundreds of Thousands of dollars.
Actually, I have a deep fondness for The Dukes of Hazzard’s Catherine Bach, AKA Daisy Duke. I recall going to the Carl Casper custom auto show in about 1982. Back then, I was a fat awkward kid. My uncle, who used to pick on me a lot; and I were standing in line at the General Lee to get a kiss from Daisy Duke. Catherine Bach overheard how he was treating me. She let him know how she felt, and then laid the biggest kiss on me. I have a definite thing for Chargers and Daisy Dukes. I would take a rusty 1968 Charger and pudgy Jessica Simpson any day of the week, over a 2014 Lamborghini and a Kardashian. I believe that a lot of folks would agree with me.
The all New 2014 Dodge Charger. Wow what a POS. Recently, I was watching a car flippin’ overhauling custom type of’ show (can’t recall the name) that actually compared the new charger to the old 1969. They remarked on the amazing similarities. How the taillight were the same. How the hood was the same. How the grill was the same. And how it had the same high horsepower rumble.
Are they full of it or what. I get the similarities of the old Challenger with the new challenger. Speaking of which; they really need to come out with a convertible challenger. Pony cars are too small for family men. We need a hot-rod that you can still fit the family in, if you need to.
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OK, so where were we; oh yeah, The new charger is a horrible rendition of an old classic. If you honestly think that’s the same car; then you should get your head out of your back seat. The new charger is being used by law enforcement for crying out loud. I don’t even think it’s good for that. Being a former cop, it’s back seat is too small. Trunk is also too small. It’s a four door nightmare. It’s not fit for either job. It’s poor as a muscle car, and poor as a Law Enforcement vehicle, period.
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I say split those Siamese twins. Dodge needs to revive the Coronet, as a larger 4 door muscle machine, and put the Charger back to it’s glory. The Coronet was used as Police cars originally. They also made them in 2 door convertibles. The Coronet was a versatile machine. This funky 4 door Charger is for the Birds. A good old Super-Bird would eat it for lunch.
Speaking of Super-Bird, I would like to see a Super Bee hit the street as well. The Super-Bee was basically a hopped up Coronet. It got it’s name from the “B” body style. It was made to be a more affordable charger. Why, because the market was that good that it warranted spin off models.
Yeah, so you say that today’s cars need 35 miles per gallon. If you burn out your tires and go over 55 miles per hour you’ll get a speeding ticked. My goodness, when did Americans become so whipped.
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In Conclusion, The old Chargers are full of Iconic Mystery. They have a Daytona Racing history. They are sexy and are still used in feature films, as a main star. They are antiques and increase in value. And above all they are cool. The New Chargers are not worth a hoot. Buy Old School American Muscle.
Old school draws attention while still maintaining your privacy. Onstar can listen to your conversations and track your new vehicles with GPS. This information would never be given to uncle Sam without your consent; wink wink. Remember, the guy's got your cell phone calls recorded and saved too.
With old school they get a guy standing on the street corner that says "yeah, I saw a black 1968 Charger go rolling buy. I think it was black, it was a black streak anyway". What did you hear sir? "Well, it sounded like Def Leppard Blasting out the stereo.