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Diecast Dodge Charger: American Muscle Car On Your Shelf

Updated on June 26, 2011

Living in Southern California, I see plenty of cars every day. Not just plenty, but a large variety are on the streets.

Among them that I notice often are Dodge Chargers. To me, these cars a big and brutish. They look powerful especially when used as a police car. They look great in black & white.

With a long history of stock car racing, Dodge Chargers are and should be forever tagged as  classic American muscle cars.  C'mon, it's the General Lee.

Interestingly enough, however, the current models are Dodge Charge LX which are family luxury sedans. Not muscle cars as most of us thought.

Although when equipped with HEMI engines, they can be every bit a muscle car. Thus, the 2008 and up Dodge Charger RT with 345 cid (5.7 L) Hemi EZB V8 that can put out over 350 hp and the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 with 370 cid (6.1 L) Hemi ESF V8 are both popular with car nuts.

1969 Dodge Charger

Speaking of popularity among car nuts, remember an orange car in the 1970s TV show called The Dukes of Hazzard? That orange car with "01" decals on the door and the Confederate flag pattern on the roof is named the General Lee and a 1969 Dodge Charger RT.

Made between 1966 and 1978, these were NOT luxury sedans, but good ole American muscle cars. They have what's referred to as a "B" body style and is usually compared to a Coke bottle for the slim and rounded looks. The base model came with a 225 cid Slant Six engine. The more popular package, however, were the ones with a bigger 318 cid V8 engine.

At the top was the Dodge Charger RT. It was the sportiest of the options. It came with a very powerful 440 cid, 375 horsepower, four-barrel carburettor V-8.

Popular in movies and pop culture, the Dodge Charger is easily recognized even by the most casual car fans.  Other movies / TV shows / music videos that feature a Dodge Charger (any style / year) include:

  • Bullitt (1968 Charger RT)
  • Repo Man (1975 Charger SE)
  • Blade (1968 Charger)
  • The Forsaken (vampires riding around in a 1969 Dodge Charger!)
  • Deathproof (1969 Charger)
  • Fast and Furious (1970 Charger)
  • The Shield (2006 Charger R/T)
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006 Charger RT)
  • and many more.


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