by Mike –
There are a few cars that I wanted to own when I was younger and this is one of them. I fell in love with the fastback design of the Dodge Charger in 1966.
This was not a pony car, it is larger than Mustangs and Camaros. It fit into a different niche and Dodge made more than 53,000 of the 1966 and 1967 models before they changed the body style.
The Charger had the option of a Hemi engine and only 586 came equiped that way – so these are more desirable collector cars and thus more pricey. The 1966-67 Charger was not a successful race car initially because the air flow over the fastback actually caused the rear end to lift.
A small spoiler on the truck lid solved this problem and the 1966 Charger was the first U.S. production vehicle to include a spoiler. David Pearson, driving a Cotten Owens prepared Charger, won the NASCAR Grand National championship in 1966 with 14 wins.
Race heritage is good for a collector car.
Below is the 1968 Dodge Charger – also a great looking car.
A more subtle fastback than the first generation Charger design.
Another car in this same category that I like is the 1963-1965 Buick Riviera.
What classic cars from this era did you like? Let us know in the comments.