Four Gears, Slicks Out Back, Hemi Out Front, 1966 Dodge Charger, ‘Merica.

1966 Hemi Charger_1 Oh no. This is definitely not the car on your childhood-bedroom wall poster. This is a lime green, slick-carrying, clutch-smashing, elephant-filled UNICORN,  covered from head to tail in grime, and it does. not. even. care! This car doesn’t have time for soapy water-spritzing because it’s too busy tearing through 4-GEARS and pulling the front wheels through the grocery store parking lot! If this Dodge were an animal, it would be a woolly mammoth with t-rex teeth, chainsaws for hands, and the fearlessness of a honey badger. If this Dodge were coffee and a pastry, IT WOULDN’T BE, because it doesn’t have time for lazy mornings! ‘Merica!

Okay, get serious for a moment please.  Let us assume that this delicious limey 1966 Dodge Charger is a matching number, Hemi, 4-speed car, and it is one of only about 250 ever built. Fancy math will tell you that the value of this vehicle is somewhere between a billion and a trillion dollars at a Barrett Jackson auction. That said, the monetary value of this car is of little importance in my eyes. That is not the reason that this car caught my attention and captured my imagination. All of the little imperfections, character, and wear are what make this car perfect. At 425 horsepower and 490 foot pounds of torque, this has essentially the most potent drivetrain ever installed into a production car, and it appears to be getting used like it was intended.  It isn’t sitting atop a turn table with mirrors underneath it and glimmering chrome brake rotors. Nope. It is carrying a pair of slicks in the trunk and rowing gears down back roads like it should be.  There is not any aspect of this car that I would change if it were mine. It could easily be left in a grocery story parking lot with little stress of paint chips and dents.  It could then be taken to the track to hand out smiles and crush dreams. I can’t say for sure that this car is an original survivor, but given the sum of its components, it is undoubtedly unlike the rest.

1 comment to Four Gears, Slicks Out Back, Hemi Out Front, 1966 Dodge Charger, ‘Merica.

  • JohnEd

    Ironic but a lotta these old gals didn’t have power assist brakes because of low vacuum due to choppy cam. Light her up and hang on till the sand pit. Oh and if it got dicey on the road, buckle the single seat belt ala ‘Bullet’. How did that generation ever survive?

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