Dodge Classic Cars: 1960-1970

January 27, 2012

Dodge Classic Cars are some of the first vehicles that come to mind when thinking of American muscle cars. The decade of the 1960's led to the introduction of many future Classic Dodge cars. Weather you are interested in the Dodge Charger or the Dodge Monaco, there was a great muscle car, or two, being produced by Dodge every year of the decade. Here are some of the most classic cars ever made by Dodge:

Dodge Dart: The Dodge Dart was introduced in 1960 as a lower-priced full-size vehicle. The Dart then changed to mid-size for 1962 and then compact from 1963 through the end of it's life in the late 1970's. The first generation (From 1960-1961) came in both 2-door and 4-door sedans with 4 engine options and 2 transmissions, ranging from a 3.7-Liter Slant-6 to a 6.3-Liter V8. The second generation (1962) changes the 3.7-Liter into a Slant-6 I6 engine and raises the most powerful V8 to 6.8-Liters for added performance. The third generation (1963-1966) included an option of a tuned-down 2.8-Liter Slant-6 I6 engine and the first 4-speed manual transmission for the Dart, while the fourth generation (1967-1969) halted production of the wagon bodystyle and added engine options for a total of 7 engine choices ranging from a 2.8-Liter slant-6 to a 7.2-Liter V8.

Dodge Charger:

The emergence of the Dodge Charger in 1966 was possibly one of the best breakouts in high-performance classic cars of all time. From 1966-1974 the Charger was built on the Chrysler B platform that enabled plenty of high-performance options. The two-door coupe took the scene with it's first generation (1966-1967) came with 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmissions with the option of a 3-speed automatic with large V8 engines. After the Charger took a sales hit in 1967, the second generation of 1968-1970 hit the track hard with one of the best muscle cars of all time. The R/T and R/T SE (Special Edition) high-performance packages were now offered and the car was being featured in movies such as Bullitt, which made it one of the most sought after classic cars.

Dodge Monaco:

The Dodge Monaco's first generation was available from 1965-1973 as a full-size vehicle that came in bodystyles including wagon, sedan, hardtop, and even convertible. A 6.3-Liter V8 came as standard equipment with larger, more powerful engines, as an option as well. The entire engine option range included everything from a 3.7-Liter Slant-6 to a 7.2-Liter V8.

Dodge Polara:

The Polara went through four generations in this decade. The first Polara was introduced in the United States in the 1960 model year as Dodge's answer to a top of the line full-size vehicle. Available in sedan, coupe, station wagon, and convertible, the Polara kept a great name for itself up until 1973 when it then became known as the second generation Dodge Monaco.

Dodge Matador:

With the Polara being the premium full-size Dodge vehicle in the 1960's, Dodge created the Matador of 1960 for more of an entry-level full-size vehicle in mind. All Dodge Matadors were powered by V8 engines for great performance, although the flashy appeal and physical appearance cues were not as pleasing as the Polara. With such large popularity of the Dodge Dart, the Matador's assembly was discontinued after it's short-lived year of 1960.

The category of Dodge classic cars is rather expansive and detailed. However, these are just a few very short descriptions of some of their most popular models of the 1960's, as these models are considered by most as some of the best classic cars of our time.

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