My Car Quest

September 20, 2014

Dodge Charger For 1966-1967 – What A Fastback!

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.

Dodge Charger

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.

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

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.

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Below is the 1968 Dodge Charger – also a great looking car.

Dodge Charger

A more subtle fastback than the first generation Charger design.

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

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.


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Comments

  1. Seanglenn says:

    Definitely more beautiful than the Plymouth Barracuda fastbacks of that period, with that giant glass bubble back! But, that 1968 and later styling proved much more popular for the Charger, with multiple production figures higher than those from 1966 and 1967. Dodge knew that for greater sales, they had to change that somewhat quirky styling, with a leaner, meaner, cleaner look, and you have to hand it to them, they were right! Thanks again for the stats and pics, and keep making all of our days with your continuous updates! Glenn Krasner in the Bronx, NY

    • I agree with you but you have to admit that the first generation Charger really got your attention the first time you saw one.

  2. Lotuseater says:

    One of the things that set the 66-67 Charger apart was the interior. FOUR BUCKET SEATS! The console ran all the way into the back seat area. You could then fold down the two back seats and have a two seater and lot of flat storage room.

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